Microwave runs but does not heat--is is repairable???
My microwave was working fine, and then the other night I was cooking rice and took it out at the end of 25 min. and the water was still cold, and the rice was uncooked...Since then, it runs, but does not heat....any ideas??
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Re: microwave runs but does not heat--is is repairable???
I replied to your other post as well:
It could be any multitude of issues from a faulty magnetron,a bad high voltage diode, a door switch issue or a faulty circuit board.
A magnetron for your model is ~ the $60 area.
A Circuit board is ~ the $100.00 mark.
If your a wiz at electronics I would say give it a go and try to repair it yourself. Otherwise I would say that a new microwave oven would be your best bet. A technician may charge you up to $250 for the work they will do, bringing you to around the same cost of a new microwave with a warranty.
Hope this helps.
P.S. If you are interested in buying the parts and fixing it yourself, may I recommend this site: http://www.repairclinic.com
They are top notch and really helpful.
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why are you cooking rice for 30 minutes in a microwave????? the problem is that a microwave IS NOT A RICE COOKER!!!use a rice cooker or use instant rice and heat the water for 2 1/2 minutes only!! OR BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE!!
Cover with the lid and turn the heat down to its lowest setting. Leave it alone - once the lid is on, set the timer and go away! If you lift the lid and let the steam out you can slow down the cooking process, and rice should always be cooked as briefly as possible. Give white rice 15 minutes and brown rice 40 and use a timer - overcooking is what spoils rice. The best way to test if it is cooked is simply to bite a grain. Another way is to tilt the pan and, if liquid collects at the edge, it will need a couple more minutes' cooking.
When the microwave sounds okay, but there's no heat, one of the internal door switches, the high voltage circuitry, or the circuit board may have a problem. To resolve this problem, you need the assistance of a qualified appliance repair technician.
That said, you can get free estimates on the cost of a repair but you should also consider a replacement which may be a better option for you.
What they do not tell you about over the stove microwaves is that they are constantly deteriorating due to the steam, oil, and other cooking fumes from the stove below. As a result, their life expectancy is definitely diminished.
More common then you think, i have gone through a couple microwaves in the last ten years, they both failed very similar to what you describe. One popped the breaker one day, reset the breaker and it worked again but had an odd smell to it. I took it apart and couldn't find anything burnt or melted so i tossed it and got a new one, i didn't want a microwave burning the house down! I would suggest unless your really tied to that microwave that you just replace it for safety sake. Four years or forty years old don't matter anymore, i had one microwave, LG brand, that died two months after the warranty expired and it would cost more to repair it then replace the thing!
Sounds like the magnetron has failed. There are some high voltage circuits that feed the magnetron and you can potentially get hurt if you don't know what you are doing. Would recommend you have it serviced by a professional if you want it fixed, otherwise look for a new one since the cost of repair can come close to the price of a new microwave oven.
This is probably due to a bad door switch, most likely the top one.
The microwave got hot because the cooling fan was not running.
If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info (as well as a text file which helps in diagnosing and repairing door switch problems) at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your model number here: http://www3.sears.com/