The magic of the microwave. How they have transformed the processes of so many kitchens around the world. From merely reheating food to heating meals that are designed to be cooked specifically in a microwave oven.
Heck, there are even cakes designed to be “baked” in a cup using a microwave oven.
Quite understandably, they are complex beasts and need to be treated with appropriate respect.
Here are some key things that get us called out:
1) THE CONTROLS ARE NOT WORKING
a. The contacts in touchpad buttons can become worn over time. If this is the case, the panel may need to be replaced.
b. Make sure that the door is closed properly. Microwaves will not work if the door is open.
c. Some microwave ovens can go into sleep mode. Open and close the door to wake it up. Otherwise try unplugging the microwave for a minute or so to reset it.
2) THE MICROWAVE DISPLAY IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY
a. This could be a failure in board behind the display, which would need to be replaced.
b. Try unplugging the microwave for a minute to see if resetting it can bring the display back to life.
3) THE GLASS TURNTABLE IS NOT TURNING
a. Make sure that the turntable is seated correctly inside the microwave.
b. The turntable motor amy have failed and requires replacement
c. Some microwaves have a drivebelt inside, which can be replaced.
4) THE BULB INSIDE THE MICROWAVE IS NOT WORKING
a. Replacing the bulb is quite a simple fix.
b. If the bulb still does not come on then this could indicate a more serious problem requiring the attention of a technician.
6) THERE ARE SPARKS INSIDE THE MICROWAVE
a. Make sure that there are no metallic items inside the microwave oven. Even surfaces that have metallic paint can cause the sparking or arcing.
b. This can occur when the internal surfaces of the microwave are damaged, or the waveguide cover has shorted out. Some surfaces can be repaired with microwave-safe paint. But the waveguide cover would need to be replaced.
7) THE MICROWAVE OVEN DOOR DOES NOT OPEN
a. This is likely to be a mechanical issue with the door latch mechanism. There is a collection of items that work together to keep the door closed, depending on the model and the door catch configuration.
This is not a complete list of all the things that can require a repair on microwaves so if what you’re looking for is not covered, please give us a call for help or advice. Frederick Appliance Repairs on (301) 683-5959