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Diagnosing Common Microwave Problems


Microwaves have been a staple of American kitchens for years. One of the most efficient ways to reheat and cook food, this appliance is an indispensable part of a modern household. The sheer convenience that a microwave offers cannot be understated.

Here’s a basic troubleshooting guide that you can use to fix common microwave oven problems. Please be warned that appliances such as microwave operate on very high voltage. The risk of an electric shock is still persistent even after the appliance is turned off. So instead of trying to save money at the risk of personal injury, it’s always better to hire a qualified professional for repairs.

Microwave Plate Doesn’t Spin

In case the microwave plate does not spin, the most common reason for this might be that the plate is on seated correctly on the holder.

If that does not solve the problem, a damaged motor is the second most likely cause for this. Don’t worry this motor can be easily replaced by a professional. In case the motor appears to be fine, the next culprit may be a faulty switchboard. We would highly recommend that you do not attempt to personally access the switchboard and have a professional technician fix it.

Electrical Sparks Inside the Microwave

If you can see sparks while the microwave is in operation, the first thing to check is whether you have placed a metallic substance such as a pot or spoon in your microwave. Remember, no metal-based materials should ever be used inside the microwave as it can damage the appliance and cause severe injury.

The second most likely culprit may be the oven itself. When the inside walls wear off, the paint is peeled, leading to absorption of the microwave rather than reflection. In this scenario, you should unplug the appliance, wait for it to cool down and then inspect for any signs of physical wear and tear.

Inner Light Not Working

When the inner light of the microwave fails, you can no longer take a peek inside. This takes the fun out of cooking, specially when you are popping corn. This problem may be caused by a fused bulb, a failed socket or even bad wiring. In rare cases, the switchboard should be checked to see the power delivery to the bulb.

Once again, we issue a warning, do not attempt to take apart the microwave by yourself as the stored current might cause a serious safety hazard. Hire a professional instead.

Stops In the Middle of Cooking

The most common reason for a microwave stopping in the middle of cooking is due to lack of ventilation. The appliance generates a significant amount of heat during operation and it should have sufficient space between the placed area and the microwave. The failure to provide this may cause overheating which results in a shut down.

The second reason for this might be a problem with the switchboard. A bad wiring connection might cause unwanted heating which results in a tripped fuse, causing a power cut.

Food Not Being Heated

Microwaves employ two major components to operate called the magnetron and diode. They work together to emit heat so that food can be cooked. The burning out of either of these components can result in such problems. Replacing these parts can easily fix your problem and get your microwave up and running in no time.

If you are still unable to fix your microwave, give QuickGenie a call at +1-800-604-9921 or contact us through the live chat feature on www.quickgenie.support

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