Check out our range of microwave troubleshooting hints and tips. If your model is making more noise than it should, or if you want to know the best way to clean it, this handy guide has everything covered.
How To Troubleshoot Your Microwave
My microwave won't switch on
It sounds silly, but the first thing to do is to double check that the plug is connected fully. Also, have a look at the cord itself and check for any damage. If you're still not having any luck, the chances are that the problem is inside the microwave and you'll need the help of a qualified electrician. The three most common internal power problems are caused by a faulty fuse, door switch or fan motor.
Why won't my microwave start cooking?
Remove anything that may be blocking the door, whether it's in front or on top of the appliance. There may be something caught inside, so try opening and closing the door 5 or more times. This is just a way of shaking anything that may be obstructing the latch.
The turntable isn't turning
This is one of the most common issues with microwaves. Have a read through this quick list of potential causes:
- Make sure it's sat firmly on the support.
- If the dish or food you are warming is larger than the turntable, or if it's really heavy, it won't turn.
- Have a look underneath and remove any food that may be causing a block.
- Some models allow you to turn the turntable on or off on the control panel. Double check this hasn't been activated.
- You may not believe this, but, the turntable might be upside down. After cleaning, if it isn't put back in in the correct way, it will drag on the base rather than turn.
- None of the above? The turntable motor may have had its last spin. This isn't uncommon after a while.
Why is my microwave making loud noises?
Most noises that come from your microwave are just signs that it’s working hard to warm your food as thoroughly and as quickly as possible. However, if you feel like it’s making more noise than it should, there are a few things you can check. If the turntable and the support below it aren’t in position, they’ll make a bit of a racket. And, if the microwave itself isn’t balanced on a flat surface, it may move around and cause vibrations.
Why are sparks appearing in my microwave?
A lot of the time, sparks can be caused by splattered food and grease stains on the interior. Check out our cleaning tips below. If cleaning doesn’t fix the problem, it’s likely that the problem is internal and you’ll need the help of a qualified electrician.
How do I clean my microwave?
Before you begin to freshen up your microwave, make sure it’s unplugged to avoid any accidents. To loosen up any food and grease stains, place a cup of water in the microwave and run on high. After five or ten minutes, steam is created, and it’s really effective at lifting those splatters of food. Try adding a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to remove more stubborn stains and marks.