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Microwave will not heat up

Common reasons your microwave will not heat up

The most common reasons your microwave won't heat up are a bad thermostat, malfunctioning electronic control board or a broken switch.

  • 48%

    48% of the time it's the
    Thermostat

  • 23%

    23% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 15%

    15% of the time it's the
    Switch

  • 14%

    14% 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 issues, primarily affecting the power supply to its components. Microwaves are equipped with multiple internal thermostats designed to safeguard against hazards if components fail. For instance, many microwaves feature a magnetron thermostat, which triggers in response to excessive current or temperature in the magnetron area. Another thermostat oversees the cooking cavity temperature and activates when it exceeds safe levels. If any of these thermostats trip, the microwave will fail to start, and its lights, fans, and display will cease to function. Due to the presence of high-voltage components like transformers and capacitors, which can retain dangerous levels of electricity even after unplugging, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services professional inspect and repair the microwave.


    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    When a microwave's electronic control board malfunctions, it can trigger various issues, such as power loss, lack of heating, or difficulty turning off. This happens because the control board acts as the microwave's central command system, overseeing critical functions like heating elements, cooling fans, lighting, turntable movement, cooking duration, power levels, and display functions. A malfunctioning control board can disrupt communication among these components. Signs of a failing board include unusual noises like chattering or clicking, or the emission of a burning odor. Considering the potential repercussions on multiple components, it's prudent to have a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests on the board to determine if replacement is necessary.

    Switch Replacement

    A bad switch in a microwave can cause various problems, particularly affecting the power supply to the microwave's components. Microwaves are equipped with several internal thermal switches and interlock switches designed to safeguard users in case of component failure. For instance, door interlock switches prevent the microwave from operating when the door is open to prevent exposure to harmful radiation. Additionally, many microwaves feature a magnetron thermal switch that triggers if it detects excessive current or high temperatures in the microwave cavity. Another thermal switch monitors the cooking cavity temperature and activates if it detects high temperatures. If any of these switches fail, the microwave will not function properly; lights, fans, and the display may not work. Due to the inherent risk associated with microwaves containing high-voltage components like transformers and capacitors, which can retain dangerous levels of electricity even when unplugged, it's recommended to have a Sears Home Services professional inspect and repair the microwave.

    What to expect when you experience a microwave will not heat up issue

    How to fix a microwave that won't heat up

    Addressing most issues where the microwave fails to heat typically requires replacing the thermostat, electronic control board, or switch. However, given the numerous potential causes, a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving the problem effectively. An accurate diagnosis is vital for determining the extent of the repair needed.

    Sears Home Services advice for a microwave that won't heat up

    When the microwave fails to heat up, several factors could be at play. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we advise having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the underlying issue. Our technicians possess extensive experience in diagnosing various microwave failures.

    What to watch out for with a microwave won't heat up diagnosis

    Identifying issues with modern appliances can be challenging without the right expertise. Attempting repairs without proper diagnostic methods often leads to guesswork part replacements. Over the past decade, appliances have evolved significantly, incorporating intricate electronic components that are hard to assess. Consequently, DIY repairs on newer appliance models are becoming progressively more complex.

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    Common microwave symptoms to look out for

    • Microwave burning smell
    • 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 won't turn off