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Five Common Microwave Problems


Five Common Microwave Problems

It's an appliance that has made our lives so much simpler and more convenient - the microwave. A staple in most households today, it's hard to imagine life without this kitchen lifesaver. However, like any other appliance, microwaves can also experience a few common issues. In this article, we will explore five common microwave problems and how to address them, ensuring your trusty microwave stays up and running.

  1. Uneven heating or cooking
  2. Unresponsive touchpad or buttons
  3. Strange noises or vibrations
  4. Sparking during operation
  5. Door latch malfunction

Let's dive deeper into each of these issues and find out what might be causing them and, more importantly, how to fix them.

1. Microwave not heating food

It's frustrating when your microwave turns on, the timer is running, but the food remains cold. The most common cause of this issue is a faulty magnetron. The magnetron is responsible for producing the microwaves that heat your food. If it's not functioning properly, your food won't heat up. Other possible causes include a malfunctioning diode, capacitor, or transformer.

2. Microwave making strange noises

If your microwave is making strange noises while it's running, it can be quite concerning. This issue can stem from a few different sources. First, check the turntable and its support for any debris or misalignment. If that's not the problem, the noise could be a result of a faulty magnetron, motor, or fan. To pinpoint and resolve the issue, refer to our microwave noise troubleshooting guide.

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3. Microwave touchpad not working

When your microwave's touchpad stops working, it can be difficult to use the appliance at all. This problem is often due to a faulty control panel or a damaged touchpad membrane. To fix this, you may need to replace the touchpad, control panel, or both. Before attempting any repairs, consult our team to ensure you're taking the correct approach.

4. Microwave door not closing properly

A microwave door that doesn't close properly poses a safety risk, as the appliance can't contain the microwaves it produces. This issue is usually caused by a misaligned or damaged door latch, door seal, or hinge. 

5. Microwave sparking or arcing

Sparking or arcing inside your microwave is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. It can be caused by a damaged waveguide cover, a faulty diode, or even metallic objects (like foil) accidentally left inside the microwave.

In conclusion, these are just five of the many common problems that can occur with microwave ovens. By understanding the possible causes and knowing how to troubleshoot and fix them, you can extend the life of your appliance and save money on costly repairs or replacements. For more tips and advice on maintaining and repairing your microwave, don't forget to browse our extensive library of articles and guides.

Aside from these common problems, microwaves may also experience issues such as sparking, unusual noises, or even a blown fuse. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to any issues can help prevent more serious problems and extend the life of your microwave.

Remember that working with electrical appliances can be dangerous, especially if you're not familiar with their inner workings. When in doubt, it's always best to consult a professional technician or contact the manufacturer for assistance.

By taking the time to understand the common issues that can arise with your microwave and learning how to troubleshoot and address them, you can keep your appliance running efficiently and safely for years to come. And as always, don't hesitate to reach out to our team for any questions or concerns regarding your microwave oven.


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When your microwave is broken, you need someone that you can trust to fix it. Below are just a few of the reasons to trust Repair Giant.

  • We repair all major brands, including AEG, Beko, Samsung, LG, and Bosch, and many more.
  • Repairs are cheaper and better for the planet than replacements
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  • Fixed fees and one-off labour charges, with clear, easy to understand pricing
  • We’re local engineers with over 15 years of experience
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff
  • Fast and reliable service
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If you need your microwave repaired or have any further questions, get in touch with us on 0207 267 7230 or fill in our online form for a FREE quote today.

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