Hi, we have had our microwave for about 2 years and every once in a while it would come on by itself during the day. Last night I heard it running at 4 am and when I got to it it had been running a really long time because it was smelling extremely hot. Any suggestions. We are afraid to leave it plugged in now. Thanks
Unfortunately our household also has the Magic Chef fairy. Our microwave, Model# MCO160uw has been installed for maybe 5 months. It's turning itself on randomly. I have decided because of a potential fire hazard to unplug it. We have to stand on a chair to plug it in when we need it. What a hassle. Help!
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Make sure oven is plugged into a grounded outlet, and that the outlet is actually grounded.
Although extremely rare, I have seen ovens where insects were walking on the back side of a control panel, and causing problems. Could also just be some sort of electronic failure.
Likely a microprocessor/control panel issue. Microwave ovens that sit over ranges often have electronic failures due to heat, humidity, and grease, from the range below, which come into contact with their main circuit boards.
I advice you to contact service if it has guarantee. This seems to be a psychological problem about your oven(!). Technical person need to do an electronic research surgery on its board to see if there is any wrong thing.
There really shouldn't be a correlation between the metal ring in the oven cavity and the erratic operation of the control board. Although it might seem suspicious, what happens inside the oven cavity stays in the oven cavity.
My daughter is having the same problem as you are having. Thing is we bought it for her new. She had not used it at all for a year. They finally bought a house, started using it in May. It is now doing the exact things yours is doing. Is there some kind of recall notice on these microwaves or what is wrong and how do we fix it?
We have the same problem - auto turn-on, non-functioning keys...
I called Magic Chef and they gave me another number to call:
I called, told the rep about our possessed microwave, and they said someone will be calling to schedule a repair visit. We bought the microwave around May '08 and it is still under warranty.
Call this number and get it fixed. It is a safety problem and Magic Chef should take care of it for you.
Time for a service call. Should not turn on by itself at any cause.
Circuit board is my guess. May be cheaper/easier to get new microwave. My first one lasted about 15 yrs--and the circuit board (touchpad) died. Bought new microwave oven.