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Cooking Machine Gone Bad: Signs Your Microwave Needs Fixing

Old microwaveMicrowaves are extremely convenient. They are faster and more energy-efficient than a traditional oven. When your microwave starts to malfunction, you’ll miss being able to prepare quick meals and snacks. Here are some signs you might need microwave repair:

1. Food Takes Longer to Heat

The main advantage of a microwave is speed. When this appliance isn’t working properly, your food may take longer to cook. Frustration causes some people to prematurely purchase a brand-new unit. However, you can save a lot of money by getting your microwave repaired. Damaged seals could be causing your microwave to lose heat.

2. Strange Noises

Everyone knows the sound of a microwave. If you begin to hear strange noises, it’s time to call a Milwaukee microwave repair technician. While the extra clatter could stem from the turntable’s drive motor, you could also be experiencing a defective magnetron. This component is responsible for generating the heat that cooks food. A failing magnetron often leads to a loud humming noise.

3. Controls Are Unresponsive

As your microwave ages, its controls are more likely to stop working. This is especially true for the microwaves that feature a touchpad. While some buttons may simply stop working, others will gradually become less responsive. A repair tech can fix this issue. The root cause is likely a worn control board, which needs to be replaced.

4. You See or Smell Smoke

When using your microwave, splattering food and aluminum foil can definitely create smoke. However, certain mechanical problems can also cause fumes. A waveguide clogged with grease may be the culprit. This is a potential fire hazard that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. To be on the safe side, the best approach is to contact a Milwaukee appliance professional before you have to call 9-1-1!!

5. Microwave Just Stops Working

It’s not uncommon for an old appliance to stop working. If your microwave is less than 10 years old, it can likely be repaired. Your problem could be a blown fuse or a damaged door. The wiring needs to be inspected as well. Before you head out to purchase a new unit, first get it checked out by an experienced microwave oven technician from Dave’s Appliance Repair. Call (262) 253-2200 today.

Ask us about our repair specials. Senior Discount: Seniors ALWAYS receive $13 off any repair service.

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Helpful Hints

Things to check before you call:

  • CHECK for a blown fuse
  • CHECK that the appliance is plugged in
  • CHECK that the dryer vent is clean
  • CHECK that refrigerator controls are at the proper setting