The microwave oven is the most popular kitchen appliance in many households. It can be used not only to heat, but also to cook food and drinks. Microwave oven has a wide range of applications, it can be afforded by almost everyone, and its service life is relatively long and averages 7-10 years. However, after many years of use, problems and breakdowns can occur due to wear and tear on the materials.
While some signal that it’s time to replace your microwave with a new one, there are many things you can do to extend the life of your microwave for a while longer.
What are the most common microwave problems?
- Microwave oven won’t heat up
Not heating food is a common problem: The microwave turns on, the light comes on, but when it’s finished, you find that the food hasn’t heated up at all. There may be several reasons for this:
The door switch isn’t working – When using your microwave, it’s very important that the door works as it should, as the microwave may not turn on when you open it. You can also check for a problem with the switch by checking to see if the light goes out when you close the door. If it stays on, it means that the switch doesn’t recognize if the door is open, so the microwave considers it open when you start it up and won’t heat the food. If the switch is defective, it should be replaced.
Faulty magnetron – The magnetron is the part of the microwave oven that produces electromagnetic waves and is therefore the main part of the microwave oven that provides heating. The magnetron can be checked with a multimeter to make sure it is working, and if it is blown, it must be replaced, which often costs as much or even more than buying a new microwave oven.
A blown fuse – also checked with a multimeter and also should be replaced in case the problem identified.
- Microwave buttons won’t function
Buttons that malfunction are an unfortunate problem. The microwave lights up, the door closes without a problem, but you can’t set a program or start heating.
Broken buttons or touchpad – The problem could be the buttons or the touchpad. Do a simple test – press all the buttons in turn and see if any of them respond. If they work, then the buttons are the main problem and can be replaced. If none of them work, keep looking for the problem.
Problem with the control board – the problem may be with the control board when, although none of the buttons work, the display is lit. In this case, the voltage is not being transmitted to the switch responsible for the touch panel operation. Check and replace the faulty control board.
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