How to put a broken microwave in its place

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Whilst having a microwave can save you an incredible amount of time, it is extremely annoying when something goes wrong with it.

Well, here is some great guidance on how to tackle any microwave gremlins. If you’d like to know a bit more about how a microwave does its job, we have also covered that.

Is it broken? Surely not!

One of the most common problems you’ll tend to find is that the light on the inside does not come on. The explanation could be as simple as revealing that the bulb has gone.

Moreover, if your light is defective or flickering in your microwave but on the whole it functions properly, this most likely means your light has blown or is blowing. Whilst some lights are replaceable by the customer, it is generally recommended that you ensure an engineer fits it for safety reasons.

Error codes – stay away!

Every now and again you may find an error code on your microwave display. Here is what each of the generic ones mean and how to tackle the problem:

  • E14: this means there is a rise in temperature in your appliance. Simply press clear and allow your microwave to cool down


  • E20: this could mean your lamp is defective, so be sure to check it is working. If this is the case you should call an engineer to fit a new one for you


  • E1010: the cooking temperature inside the microwave is too high. Remove the food from the microwave, switch it off at the mains and leave it for at least ten minutes with the door open before retrying


  • ERR0, ERR1, ERR2 or ERR3: call an engineer to visit your microwave immediately


  • LOC or SAFE: this simply means that your microwave has the child safety lock in place. How you deactivate this varies from model to model, so check your user guide for further instruction

Safe usage tips

In order to ensure your microwave does not experience any technical or physical problems you should always ensure you are using the correct cookware equipment. Anything metal should never be used in a microwave and you should also make sure that you only use shelving that is provided with the microwave as this has been safety tested. If you require replacement shelving you should order it from a supplier whom you trust to provide the highest quality and safety.

If you find that your microwave fails to heat up correctly, check to make sure the appliance is clean.

By regularly cleaning your microwave you can ensure that no damage has occurred as well as prolong the working life of this much used appliance.

Ensuring that you always use the correct heat setting when cooking food is also a good way to look after your microwave.

With this information in mind, your microwave no longer needs to be a source of headaches in your home – apart from when it needs a clean!

Find out more about other common problems that can occur with your microwave.