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Re: microwave not heating
If the fan is running and the light is on, indicating that there is power to the unit, then there are only 2 likely reasons for this. Either the controller that decides what power to put through has failed, or the magnatron (the thing that creates microwave energy) has failed. SOMETIMES, there is an internal fuse that will blow, but still allow the light to come on and the table to turn etc, My current microwave came from my local dump and when I examined it, there was a spade connector loose on one of the components, I put it back in place and it still works 7 years later. You could take the back off and take a look, but frankly, I would think it unlikely you are going to sort this out. If you do decide to try, the usual rules apply, be sure you can see how it comes apart, work on it UNPLUGGED from the power and make sure that if you put it back together and test it you are happy that you have reassembled it correctly. You really don't want it microwaving YOU instead of your food
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The problem is one of three things, the magnetron "common issue" the high voltage capacitor and diode can be a factor, all three work together in conjunction with the high voltage transformer to generate the high voltage that heats the food.
Hello, This sounds like a bad magnetron that would have to be replaced. There is up to 2000 volts stored in a microwave, even when unplugged. For saftey reasons I would strongly suggest you have a qualified technician check it out. Hope this helps.
I have the same problem. Everything seems to work except it doesn't heat up food.
I remember last time when it was working. I pressed the start botton before I closed the door. So it didn't start automatically, and I pushed start and it worked(it still heat up the food), but it doesn't work now. Help Please!!!
I have a Whirlpool Gold GH5184XPQ.
I had the same problem with mine, and discovered, somehow, that when I manually turned on the "vent fan", the microwave worked fine. A bit of a pain, but it heated up the food when it hadn't been prior to the vent fan being on. Can't understand why it solved it, but it's been working like that for about a year now. When I forget to turn on the vent fan though, the food is just as cold as when I put it in.
Most of the time the magnetron is defective if the food is not heating up.
In some cases there is a defective low power transformer or other componenents associated with the magnetron.
I would suggest to check the owners manual under the warranty section. Sometimes the magnetron has 5 years warranty.