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Microwave won't turn off

Common reasons your microwave won't turn off

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

  • 53%

    53% of the time it's the
    Electronic Control Board

  • 37%

    37% of the time it's the

  • 3%

    3% of the time it's the

  • 7%

    7% 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.

    Electronic Control Board Replacement

    If the electronic control board of a microwave malfunctions, it can cause various problems such as a lack of power or heating, or it may prevent the microwave from turning off. This is because the board acts as the central control unit of the microwave, overseeing critical components like the magnetron that heats food, cooling fans, lights, the turn-table motor, cooking times, power level settings, and the display. A malfunctioning board can disrupt communication among these components, leading to issues. Signs of a failing board include unusual noises like chattering or clicking, or the emission of a burning odor. Given the potential impact on multiple components, it's recommended to have a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests on the board to determine if replacement is necessary.

    Thermostat Replacement

    A malfunctioning thermostat in a microwave can lead to various issues, primarily affecting the power supply to the microwave components. Microwaves are equipped with multiple internal thermostats designed to safeguard against hazards when components fail. For instance, many microwaves feature a magnetron thermostat that activates when it detects excessive current flowing to the magnetron or a high temperature in that region of the microwave cavity. Additionally, another thermostat oversees the temperature within the cooking cavity and triggers when it reaches elevated levels. If any of these thermostats are tripped, the microwave will not initiate, and functions like lights and fans will cease, leaving the display blank. Given that microwaves house high-voltage transformers and capacitors that retain dangerous levels of electricity even after being unplugged, it is advisable to have a Sears Home Services professional assess the microwave and carry out the necessary repairs.

    Switch Replacement

    A faulty switch in a microwave can lead to various issues, primarily affecting the power supply to the microwave's components. Microwaves are equipped with several internal thermal switches and interlock switches designed to ensure safety in the event of component failure. For instance, door interlock switches prevent the microwave from operating when the door is open, thereby preventing exposure to harmful radiation. Additionally, many microwaves feature a magnetron thermal switch that activates if it detects excessive current or high temperatures in the magnetron area of the microwave cavity. Another thermal switch monitors the cooking cavity's temperature and triggers in the event of high temperatures. If any of these switches fail, the microwave will not start, and functions such as lights and fans will cease, resulting in a blank display. Given that microwaves contain high-voltage transformers and capacitors capable of retaining dangerous levels of electricity even when unplugged, it is advisable to have a Sears Home Services professional assess and repair the microwave.

    What to expect when you experience a microwave won't turn off issue

    How to fix the won't turn off problem

    Addressing most issues where the microwave fails to turn off typically requires replacing either the electronic control board, thermostat, or switch. However, given the numerous potential causes, conducting a comprehensive diagnosis is essential to resolve the problem effectively. An accurate diagnosis is vital for determining the cost of the repair.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for repairing a microwave that won't turn off

    When the microwave does not turn off, there could be various underlying reasons. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we advise seeking diagnostic tests from a Sears Home Services professional to pinpoint the root cause of the issue. Our technicians possess extensive experience in diagnosing all types of microwave malfunctions.

    What to examine for a microwave won't turn off diagnosis

    Diagnosing issues with modern appliances can be challenging without adequate knowledge and training. Without employing proper diagnostic techniques, attempting to fix your microwave problem may result in merely replacing parts based on guesswork. Over the last decade, appliances have significantly advanced, often featuring electronic components that are complex to test. Consequently, do-it-yourself repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming more challenging.

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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 will not heat up