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Microwave display not working

Common reasons your microwave display not working

The most common reasons your microwave display is not working are a bad thermostat, malfunctioning electronic control board or a broken switch.

  • 52%

    52% of the time it's the
    Thermostat

  • 24%

    24% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 14%

    14% of the time it's the
    Switch

  • 10%

    10% 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.

    Thermostat Replacement

    A faulty thermostat in a microwave can lead to various problems, mainly affecting the power to its components. Microwaves are equipped with multiple internal thermostats designed to ensure safety in case of component failures. For instance, many microwaves feature a magnetron thermostat, which triggers if it detects excessive current or high temperatures near the magnetron in the microwave cavity. Additionally, another thermostat monitors the cooking cavity's temperature and activates if it becomes too high. If any of these thermostats trip, the microwave won't start, and its lights, fans, and display will not function. Due to the presence of high-voltage parts like transformers and capacitors, which can retain dangerous electricity even when unplugged, it's crucial to have a Sears Home Services professional inspect the microwave and handle any necessary repairs.


    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    If a microwave's electronic control board is not working properly, it can result in various malfunctions, such as a lack of power or heating, or it might prevent the microwave from shutting off. This occurs because the board acts as the central control hub for the microwave, overseeing essential components like the magnetron (which heats food), cooling fans, lights, turn-table motor, cooking times, power level settings, and the display. When the electronic control board malfunctions, it can disrupt communication among many different parts. A faulty board might also produce a chattering or clicking noise or emit a burning smell. Because of the potential impact on multiple components, it is recommended to have a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests on the board to determine if replacement is necessary.

    Switch Replacement

    If a microwave has a faulty switch, it can lead to various issues, primarily affecting the power to its components. Microwaves are equipped with several internal thermal switches and interlock switches designed to ensure safety in case of component failures. Door interlock switches, for example, prevent the microwave from operating when the door is open to avoid exposure to harmful radiation. Additionally, many microwaves feature a magnetron thermal switch that triggers if it detects excessive current or high temperatures near the magnetron in the microwave cavity. Another thermal switch monitors the temperature of the cooking cavity and activates if it becomes too high. If any of these switches fail, the microwave won't start, and its lights, fans, and display will not function. Due to the presence of high-voltage parts like transformers and capacitors, which can retain dangerous electricity even when unplugged, it's essential to have a Sears Home Services professional inspect the microwave and handle any necessary repairs.

    What to expect when you experience a microwave display not working issue

    How to fix a display not working problem in a microwave

    Fixing most issues where the display isn't working typically requires replacing the thermostat, electronic control board, or switch. However, because there are numerous potential causes, conducting a thorough diagnosis is crucial for resolving the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential for understanding the extent of the repair needed.

    Sears Home Services advice for a microwave display that is not working

    If the microwave display isn't working, 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 types of microwave problems.

    What to look at with a microwave display not working diagnosis

    Figuring out what's wrong with modern appliances without the right knowledge and training can be tough. If you don't use the right diagnostic techniques, trying to fix your microwave problem might mean just 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 test. 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 burning smell
    • 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