Everything is quick nowadays. Your microwave makes cooking faster and reheats old food. Many issues that arise like bad wiring requires help from a trained electrical technician. The microwave oven can store a lot of electricity in its high voltage capacitor, even after the microwave oven has been unplugged. Yet there are a few problems that can be resolved without a professional. This article will show you how to fix common microwave issues without hiring an electrician.
What does a microwave consist of ?
The microwave oven was invented in 1945. The appliance uses high power electromagnetic waves to warm food. The microwave consists of a magnetron, transformer, capacitor, and diode. A magnetron inside the oven produces a beam of electromagnetic waves, called microwaves.
Common Microwave issues and what you can do to fix them. Try these tips before calling a technician.
Common Microwave Issues:Microwave is making sparks
Sparks are a common microwave issue. They can be dangerous with a possibility of a fire hazard.If you see sparks inside the microwave while it is running, turn it off immediately. Often times metal is the cause of sparks. It could be aluminum foil or a piece of a metal utensil. A small amount of metal will generate alot of sparks. Remove the metal to stop sparks.
If there is no metal then there is a problem with the magnetron.
Solution: Remove the wave guide cover and replace it with a new one.
Common Microwave Issues:Microwave is not spinning
If your microwave turntable isn’t spinning. First unplug the microwave. Remove the glass tray and circular turntable guide.
Solution: Wash and clean the glass tray and the circular turntable guide. Inspect the central cavity of the microwave. Make sure it is free of all food debris. Look to see if the drive bushing is working. If not then replace the drive bushing. Put the unit back together. Test it out by heating a cup of water for 30 seconds.
Common Microwave Issues:Microwave doesn’t turn on
This common microwave issue can arise from an issue with the door latch assembly. Door latch assemblies are typically composed of plastic. They lock in with the door switch when the door is closed. If the door latch assembly is damaged then the door switch can’t latch properly with the microwave.
Solution: To access the door latch, first disconnect the microwave from the outlet, and remove the inside door panel. Inspect the door latch and replace it if it appears to be damaged.
The other source of this issue can be the fuse. If your microwave is closed properly then the only cause is the fuse. Sometimes power surges or damage to the fuse is the reason for a fuse being blown.
Solution:If the microwave will not work at all, make sure power is on at the outlet and test the electrical cord. Test the fuse and replace it if it is not working. Test and, if needed, replace the fan.
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