Microwave ovens have become a fundamental part of many kitchens and businesses. They can be found in homes, convenience stores, school cafeterias and even office pantries. Microwaves can be used to heat frozen food and leftovers. Complex dishes can also be cooked using this appliance. Microwave ovens are also being chosen by a lot of homeowners because they are user-friendly, convenient, and energy efficient. However, just like any home appliance, when it stops working, you will be facing problems. Here are the most common issues you may face while owning a microwave.
Not heating and hearing buzzing sound
There might be an issue in the capacitor, magnetron, or the power diode if you hear a buzzing sound and the microwave doesn’t heat up. Current is being passed in one direction through a diode. So if the diode has a problem, your microwave will not heat but you can still hear a loud buzzing sound. Inspect and test the diode to see if you need to replace it. In cases where the magnetron or capacitor causes the problem, you need to check both to make sure which one is really the culprit. Replace the problem parts immediately.
Microwave Stops Working
When a microwave stops functioning, it could mean that the door switch or fuse has a problem. The fuse acts as a protection. It shields the appliance against sudden power surge. The fuse will stop the current before it reaches the microwave. The microwave oven will not work until you have replaced the broken fuse. You should also replace the door switch if it is the one causing the problem. You might need the help of an appliance expert when replacing the switch.
Carousel tray not turning
If the tray is not aligned properly, it will not turn. You should remove any debris to fix this problem. If cleaning doesn’t help, you should check the microwave’s drive bush. Replace it in case it is broken or damaged. There are some instances where the tray motor causes the problem. Check the motor’s condition with the help of a professional. Even when the microwave is unplugged it can still deliver a strong shock. Hire a home appliance expert to do the job for your own safety and your family’s as well.
Sparks inside the Microwave
There could be problems with the diode, stirrer, or internal cavity should you notice any sparks in the appliance. Sparks are caused with food build up inside the cavity. Clean the microwave carefully to solve this issue. The microwave’s energy becomes concentrated on a single area if the issue is with its stirrer. Issues with the stirrer can be a result of a damaged stirrer belt or damaged fan motor. It requires technical knowledge and skills to replace the fan motor or stirrer belt. So it would be wise to call a certified appliance repairman to inspect and repair the issue with the stirrer.
The microwave’s function could also be affected by improper handling. Slamming the microwave’s door very hard could result into a damaged fuse. As mentioned above, the microwave will not function until you have the fuse replaced. The microwave oven is undoubtedly a very useful piece of home appliance that is both energy and time saver. However, your life is at stake if you attempt to fix a broken microwave without professional help. We highly suggest you seek the help of a reliable appliance repair company when doing any appliance repair work.
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