Common Microwave Problems

Microwaves make thawing and reheating food easy! While they are a relatively low-maintenance appliance, a broken microwave can throw a wrench in your plan to make a quick meal. To ensure your microwave is safely heating your food, there are some common issues that require professional assistance to fix right away.

Inability to Heat

Your microwave is meant to do one thing: make the food hot by reacting to the moisture in your meal. If it is unable to do that, then one of its key components is likely broken. Some of the components that can be responsible for this include:

  • Magnetron
  • Transformer
  • Door switch
  • Capacitor
  • Diode

Sudden Stops

Sometimes you will set a microwave to run for a minute, and it suddenly stops 30 seconds in. This is not only an inconvenience if you have to continue reheating the meal, but your food could also not be safely cooked all the way through. If this is happening to you, it could be a sign that your microwave’s fan motor has become defective.
Broken Buttons

Microwaves have numerous buttons allowing you to control its essential functions. Your microwave may need to be serviced if you press on a certain button, and it does not perform the desired action.
Turntable Not Rotating

Part of the heating process involves the turntable rotating around to ensure the entire meal gets adequate heat. If the turntable inside your microwave isn’t rotating, the turntable motor has likely failed and requires replacement.

Depending on what is wrong, your microwave may be able to undergo repairs, or made need replaced. If your microwave is not working as it should call Westside Appliance Repair at 515-276-8899.