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Microwave burning smell

Common reasons your microwave burning smell

The most common reasons your microwave has a burning smell are a cracked heating element, malfunctioning electronic control board or a worn fan bearing.

  • 64%

    64% of the time it's the
    Heating Element

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 7%

    7% of the time it's the
    Fan Bearing

  • 16%

    16% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common microwave repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these microwave parts may fix your problem.

    Heating Element Replacement

    If the microwave's heating element is cracked, it won't generate heat, leading to improper browning or cooking of food in convection baking mode. Additionally, food splattering on the heating element can create smoke and odors inside the microwave, potentially damaging the element. A shorted element may also emit smoke and odors. When your microwave's heating element stops working, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services professional inspect and repair the issue.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    If the electronic control board in a microwave isn't working properly, it can cause several problems, like no power or heat, or it might keep the microwave from turning off. This happens because the board is like the brain of the microwave. It controls important parts such as the magnetron (which heats food), cooling fans, lights, turn-table motor, cooking times, power level settings, and the display. When the electronic control board isn't working right, it can mess up communication between lots of different parts. A faulty board might make a chattering or clicking noise, or you might smell something burning. Since it can affect many parts, it's best to have a Sears Home Services professional check the board with diagnostic tests to see if it needs replacing.

    Fan Bearing Replacement

    If the bearing in a fan is worn, the fan won't spin like it should. Without the fan, parts inside the microwave might get too hot, causing a thermal switch to turn off or a fuse to blow, which shuts down the microwave. The rubbing from the worn bearing on the fan's shaft can create a burning smell. Since microwaves have high-voltage parts like transformers and capacitors that can hold dangerous electricity even when unplugged, it's important to have a Sears Home Services professional check the microwave and handle any needed repairs.

    What to expect when you experience a microwave burning smell issue

    How to fix the burning smell problem

    Addressing most instances of burning smell issues typically entails replacing the heating element, electronic control board, or fan bearing. Nonetheless, given the numerous potential causes, conducting a thorough diagnosis is crucial for resolving the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential for determining the extent of the repair required.

    Sears Home Services solutions for a microwave burning smell

    When your microwave emits a burning smell, there could be various reasons behind it. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we suggest having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the root cause of the issue. Our technicians have extensive experience in diagnosing all kinds of microwave problems.

    What consider for a microwave burning smell diagnosis

    Figuring out what's wrong with modern appliances without the right knowledge and training can be hard. If you don't use the right diagnostic techniques, trying to fix your microwave problem might just mean guessing and changing parts. Appliances, especially newer ones from the past 10 years, have gotten really advanced, with lots of electronic parts that are tricky to check. Doing your own repairs on the latest appliance models is getting harder and harder.

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    Common microwave symptoms to look out for

    • Microwave display not working
    • Microwave door not closing
    • Microwave fan not spinning
    • Microwave light not working
    • Microwave no heat
    • Microwave no power
    • Microwave no sound
    • Microwave noisy
    • Microwave not heating
    • Microwave not spinning
    • Microwave not starting
    • Microwave not turning on
    • Microwave not working
    • Microwave stopped working
    • Microwave will not heat up
    • Microwave won't turn off