Finding out your microwave has a problem or two can be extremely scary, given how much we all use it. There is nothing worse than coming home after a busy day, looking forward to heating up that gorgeous pasta bake from the supermarket and finding that something just isn’t quite working.
To help, here are some of the most common problems and how to combat them. You might also like to read about how a microwave works.
Door problems; our worst nightmare! If your microwave door refuses to open, it’s really important that you call out a service engineer to take a look at it. Don’t try to fix it yourself as you could do more damage than good. This should also be the case if any hinges are damaged or loose.
Often you will find that the door to your microwave is either producing condensation or a little water and this is perfectly normal. During cooking, it is common for steam to form and simply drip onto the window but while this is nothing to worry about it may be more noticeable if the temperature in the room is low.
Some of us choose to have our microwave built in and occasionally the front window may come loose. Again, do not try to fix this yourself. Call out an engineer to fix it for you and ensure that the appliance is safe to use and securely held in place.
The turning table
We all love that turning table in our microwave – it helps to cook our food even faster! But, what happens if something goes a little wrong with it?
If your turn table simply just won’t stop turning, all you need to do is reset the programme it is currently on. If this fails to work, turn the microwave off at the electrical point and call out one of our engineers. Remember not to use the appliance until a professional has taken a look at it for safety reasons.
If your revolving plate just refuses to move it could be due to there being too much weight on it from your plate or food. The maximum capacity the microwave’s plate can hold is 1.5kg so be sure not to exceed this.
If the plate does not move when the weight has been lifted, you should call out an engineer to investigate further.
The complicated bits
For many of us technology-phobes, when something goes wrong with the display or controls of our microwave it can not only be daunting but also extremely confusing.
If, for example, your microwave won’t start then there are a few simple things you can check before calling an engineer. First, ensure the door is closed properly and that nothing looks or seems to be broken inside or outside. If the microwave still refuses to start, you should contact your engineer.
If you would like to check that there is power going to your appliance, simply check it is plugged in to the socket properly. If it is, try a different electrical appliance using the same socket to check whether the problem lies within the appliance or the socket itself.
If you find that your microwave refuses to respond to the commands you give it then the best thing to do is to switch it off at the mains for one minute and then try again.
There is also the chance that the child safety device may have been turned on by accident. The way in which you take this off differs from one appliance to another so check your user manual to find out what you need to do and see if it rectifies the problem.
If the actual display of your machine is failing to work but the microwave still works then you should call out an engineer to take a look.
Click here to read how you can keep your microwave in perfect condition.