What To Do About Three Common Microwave Issues

Posted on: 29 July 2019

Your microwave allows you to quickly make meals you can easily enjoy. A microwave is more than a convenience; in many homes, it is a necessity. That is why it is important to know how to take care of common microwave issues.

Your Turntable Isn't Turning

When you put food inside of your microwave, you put the food on a turntable. The turntable is important to the overall function of your microwave. The turntable rotates your food, which in turn, ensures your food cooks evenly. If the turntable is not turning, your food will not heat up properly.

If your turntable isn't turning, the first thing you should do is take the turntable out of your microwave. Wash the turntable and clean the area under the turntable. Crumbs could be stuck in the guides, preventing the turntable from rotating like it should. Really small food crumbs can cause your turntable to get stuck, so cleaning things up should help with this issue.

Your Microwave Is Making Sparks

When your microwave is running, you should never witness sparks inside your microwave. You are not cooking over an open flame, and there is no reason for you to ever see sparks in your kitchen. 

Power off your microwave if you see flashes of light coming from it. Press the button on your microwave to turn it off or unplug your microwave.

More than likely, there is some metal in your microwave. Even a tiny metal piece can create sparks. If you accidentally put a metal food container in the microwave, transfer your food to a microwave-safe container. 

Your Microwave Isn't Turning On

If your microwave has been functioning fine and then one day it isn't turning on, the first thing you need to do is make sure that the circuit that your microwave is plugged into is working. Check the circuit breaker and see if the breaker has been tripped at all. If the breaker has been tripped, flip it back on. If your microwave is plugged into a safety outlet, you may need to reset the outlet by pressing the reset button to get your microwave working again. If that doesn't fix the issue, the issue may lie with your microwave.

If you use a microwave on a regular basis, you need to know how to take care of common issues that can arise. If your turntable isn't working, clean things up and see if that fixes the issue. If your microwave is making sparks, turn it off and remove all metal. If your microwave isn't turning on, see if it is a power issue first. If something else comes up, call your microwave repair technician for assistance with taking care of your microwave.