Is It Time To Fix Your Microwave? These Signs Will Let You Know

A microwave is a wonderful, modern day convenience, but a broken down microwave is definitely not. Whether the microwave in your home is getting up there in age or it has been making a strange noise that concerns you, eventually your microwave will need to be repaired. If you suspect your microwave is in need or professional attention or if it has stopped working all together, you have come to the right place for help! In this post, we will go over some of the most common signs that indicate your microwave needs to be fixed. 

  1. Your Microwave is Louder Than Normal: As a general rule of thumb, any appliance that makes peculiar noises is usually in need of repair. If your microwave seems louder than normal or it makes a strange humming or thumping noise, there could be something wrong with the fan motor. If the fan motor needs to be replaced, you will want to call a professional repairman who has the right tools and resources to address the issue of loud noise. Not only is it important to catch a repair like this right away to prevent those annoying loud sounds from continuing, a swift repair will also ensure that no further damage to your microwave parts occur.
  2. The Microwave Control Panel Is Not Working: You know that thing with all the buttons that you press to get the microwave started? That is the control panel. Fortunately, just because the control panel is not working does not mean the whole microwave is broken. An unresponsive control panel could be due to irritants like chemical cleaners and food debris. Plus, most people have the tendency to hit the buttons on the control panel too hard, thus wearing them out more quickly. The solution to this problem could be as simple a freshly cleaned control panel or a few buttons on it may need to be replaced. If some parts of the control panel need to be replaced, the best thing you can do is call a professional microwave repair technician to do it for you. 
  3. Your Microwave Is Giving Off a Burning Odor: Your microwave is giving off a strange burning odor and it isn’t the food. So what is it? If you smell something burning, it could be coming from your microwave’s electrical wiring. A repair like this is not to be handled by anyone who is not an expert. Trying to deal with faulty wiring on your own could lead to hazardous situations for yourself and your household. Additionally, if you let this burning odor go on for too long, it could lead to extensive damage that will ultimately require you to purchase a new microwave. Provided you get the problem taken care of as soon as you notice it, you can save money and the hassle of having to install a new appliance.
  4. The Door Seal Is Loose: Although it may not seem like the most pressing issue, a loose door seal requires immediate professional attention. If your microwave is operating while the door is not securely closed, it allows dangerous levels of radiation to seep out into the air. The best thing that you can do for the safety of your household is to stop using the appliance until a professional repair technician has been able to install a new door seal. 
  5. Your Microwave Is Starting to Spark or Smoke: Any time your microwave starts to unexpectedly spark or smoke, you will want to turn it off immediately. A microwave that gives of smoke or sparks is in definite need of repair. It could mean that something is wrong with the wiring or that there are wires that have become worn out or shredded over time. A microwave issue like this is a fire hazard, so the smartest thing to do is to stop and unplug the microwave before calling a professional repair technician to take a look at the appliance for you. 
  6. Your Microwave Will Start And Then Stop Running Unexpectedly: A microwave that starts and then stops soon after could be doing that for a variety of reasons. You will want to check multiple parts: the door switch, the transformer, the touch pad, and the fan motor. Any one of these things could be faulty or defective, thus causing your microwave to stop before you want it to. By calling a professional repair technician, they can determine which part in your microwave is broken and the best way to fix it safely.
  7. Your Microwave Plate Is Not Spinning: When a microwave plate does not spin it is most commonly caused by a worn out motor. Fortunately, this is a relatively easy thing to fix. Another common cause of a microwave plate that won’t spin is a problem with the main control board. Either way, your best best is to recruit the professional assistance of an expert repair technician.
  8. The Light In Your Microwave Does Not Work: A light bulb that does not work can be caused by a few different things. It’s possible that the light bulb issue could be triggered by something as simple as a blown fuse. However, other problems could include a bad bulb socket or worn out wiring. In either case, the safest thing you can do is have a professional handle the problem. By trying to rewire something yourself, you are only putting your own safety at risk and increasing the possibility of further damage to your microwave. 

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