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Food does not get as hot as previously in the same time setting and power setting

Food does not heat in the times that I used before

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Sounds like the magnetron has failed. This is the component that produces the microwaves that heats the food.

The cost of the magnetron is about 95% of the cost of a microwave oven. Most people don't, for this reason, replace the magnetron, they replace the whole oven which is probably what you will end up doing.

There is a possibility that the circuit that provides power to the magnetron is faulty and you need to take it apart, find the proper electrical leads and test them with a volt meter. To do this you have to remove it from its mounting and take it apart. It is a fairly lengthy process however.


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2 slices of bread wrapped in paper towel microwave set on defrost set 35 seconds caught fire


Microwaves work by friction. They blast water molecules in the food so they move fast, just like rubbing your hands together makes them hot. Some types of microwave in defrost mode actually apply FULL POWER for a short period of time so to make the product warm to the touch. This heat then penetrates down to the core of the food, ensuring full defrost. In your case the heat was sufficient enough to heat the dry paper towel to set it on fire.
Bread is better defrosted on the low power setting as sliced bread is very thin. Items should only be defrosted on the defrost setting that are thick and need to be completely defrosted on the inside. Remember microwaves only penetrate the surface of food, making that hot. Thermal conduction does the rest.
You should never use paper towels in a microwave unless the instructions for doing the food say so. You wouldn't put a paper towel in a gas or electric oven, so don't put them in a microwave.

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­You're running late for work, so there's no time to fix breakfast at home. On your way to the office, you stop to gas up your car. Inside the quickie-mart, you grab a frozen breakfast burrito and pop it in the microwave on the counter. Later that day, you have to work through lunch. By 3:00 p.m., you're starving, so you grab a snack-pa­ck of microwaveable popcorn from the vending machine and pop that in the break-room microwave. That night, after a really long day at work, you're simply too tired to grill out, so you dish up last night's lasagna and heat it up in the microwave...
As you can see, microwave ovens are popular because they cook food in an amazingly short amount of time. They are also extremely efficient in their use of electricity because a microwave oven heats only the food -- and nothing else. In this article, we'll discuss the mystery behind the magic of "meals in a minute" with microwave cooking.

­A m­icrowave oven uses microwaves to heat food. Microwaves are radio waves. In the case of microwave ovens, the commonly used radio wave frequency is roughly 2,500 megahertz (2.5 gigahertz). Radio waves in this frequency range have an interesting property: they are absorbed by water, fats and sugars. When they are absorbed they are converted directly into atomic motion -- heat. Microwaves in this frequency range have another interesting property: they are not absorbed by most plastics, glass or ceramics. Metal reflects microwaves, which is why metal pans do not work well in a microwave oven.

Microwave cooking ­You often hear that microwave ovens cook food "From the inside out." What does that mean? Here's an explanation to help make sense of microwave cooking.
Let's say you want to bake a cake in a conventional oven. Normally you would bake a cake at 350 degrees F or so, but let's say you accidentally set the oven at 600 degrees instead of 350. What is going to happen is that the outside of the cake will burn before the inside even gets warm. In a conventional oven, the heat has to migrate (by conduction) from the outside of the food toward the middle. You also have dry, hot air on the outside of the food evaporating moisture. So the outside can be crispy and brown (for example, bread forms a crust) while the inside is moist.

In microwave cooking, the radio waves penetrate the food and excite water and fat molecules pretty much evenly throughout the food. No heat has to migrate toward the interior by conduction. There is heat everywhere all at once because the molecules are all excited together. There are limits, of course. Radio waves penetrate unevenly in thick pieces of food (they don't make it all the way to the middle), and there are also "hot spots" caused by wave interference, but you get the idea. The whole heating process is different because you are "exciting atoms" rather than "conducting heat."
In a microwave oven, the air in the oven is at room temperature, so there is no way to form a crust. That is why microwavable pastries sometimes come with a little sleeve made out of foil and cardboard. You put the food in the sleeve and then microwave it. The sleeve reacts to microwave energy by becoming very hot. This exterior heat lets the crust become crispy as it would in a conventional oven.




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on May 07, 2010 | Microwave Ovens

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Not heating


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Power Supply

Check whether there is a proper power supply. Look to see whether the cord is connected to a grounded 3-prong outlet and the cord is fully plugged in. If the electrical system is built-in and no power cord is visible, replace or reset the household fuse or circuit breaker.

Microwave Functions

Some basic microwave operational steps may affect whether the microwave is heating. Open and close the microwave door, as the unit will not function with the door open, and push "Stop/Clear" to cancel any previous settings, such as the timer, which do not heat the microwave oven.

Setting the Microwave

Once the power to the microwave has been reset, or verified as working, and the microwave is ready to run, select a new cook cycle and press "Start" to see if the microwave begins to run and cook food as expected. Allow the food to cook for the alloted time and then open the microwave door and check to see if the food has cooked or heated. Choose a longer cooking time and restart the microwave if food is heating but is cooking slowly.

Repair

If all efforts to troubleshoot the function and power to the microwave still do not get the appliance heating food as expected, there may be a repair issue that needs to be addressed. Contact professional technician for advice.

Oct 05, 2011 | Sanyo Microwave Ovens

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Have a Proctor Silex small crock pot, no manual. Setting are Off, 1, 2 and "AutoShift". There is no timer. How can it be set to (1) be sure to cook the food long enough and (2) stay on / keep...


You can find a Use and Care Guide for your product at the following website. You will need to locate the model number of your crock point. Select Slow_Cookers in the product field; Select your model number and click on Submit.

A pdf file of your Use and care Guide will be provided; note they are scanned files and some are of poor quality.

Model 36400 has a similar control to your model. The Guide provides a table of the time to cook at settings 1 (low), 2 (high) and Auto Shift. Auto Shift starts at the high setting and then decreases to the low setting. The time to cook at Auto shift is in between the time taken at the low and high settings. The low and Auto Shift settings are designed for long cook times at a simmer. On the high setting some foods like soups will come to a boil and may need stirring during cooking.

The crock point has no auto turn off and will keep foods at a simmer when on the low or Auto Shift settings. With some practice you will learn how much time this will take for various foods.

The sure way is to use a tip sensitive digital instant-read thermometer to check the final temperature of the food. Check according the guidance provided by the Partnerships Food Safety Education:

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Feb 06, 2011 | Microwave Ovens

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Let me know the functions of microwave?





Sorry to read about your problem, I hope this helps you out.


Display: This is used to show the time, cook time and options you chose during you use.
Cook: Use this feature to cook fresh vegetable, frozen vegetables, rice and cassroles.
Enter/Start: This is used to start and enter any option you choice while operating the unit.
Stop/Clear: Use this function to clear or stop the unit during cooking or choosing a feature.
Reheat: This is use to reheat dinner plates and left overs. Be sure that you do not use any plastic foam or metal plates/utensils this can cause damage to the unit and may cause injury.
Auto Defrost: This is used to defrost food by weight and type. EX: If you have 1 pound of chicken, meat or fish press in the food code by using 1,2,3 and then the weight in pounds (1 pound would be 1.0 enter.)
Quick Frost: This is use with the Rapid defrosting method for 1.0 pound frozen food. If you have a pound of meat, chicken or fish press Quick Frost and it will defrost for that weight only.
Cook Time: This is to set the cook time for the food you are trying to heat or cook. Enter the time you wish to cook and press enter/start (EX: 7mins and 30 secs = 730/start.)
Clock: This is used to set the time of day. Press Clock the the time of day it is and clock again (EX: 11:00 would be 1100 then clock.)
Number: This is the key pad used to enter the cook time, clock or power level.
More: This feature is to add time to the cooking time only in ten second intervals. If you want to add time without restarting press this button to add ten seconds each time it is pressed.
Less: This is used to decrease the cooking time by ten second intervals. If you want to decrease time without restarting the time press this to decrease cooking time in ten second intervals.


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Power Level: This is use to choose the power level in which to cook or heat food or beverages. To change the default setting of 100%, press the power level button and press the level you desire, if you desire only 50% then press power level the 5 and enter/start. Hint: Change the Power level before entering the time your setting to cook
EZ-ON: This is to quickly start the power level to 100%.
Vent High/Low/Off: This is to turn the vent located on the outside of the unit during use. You have the option of turning it off, on, high or low.
Light High/Low/Off: This controls the light on the bottom of the unit if you have a mounted range above your stove or under your top counter cabinets.
Hot Water: This is used to heat water for beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate. Use Extreme caution when removing baverages from your unit, they will be hot and could cause injury.
Popcorn: This is used to pop popping corn, when placing the popcorn in the microwave press the this feature and enter/start and it will automatically start the correct time for cooking. This feature is designed for the individual packaged popcorn use. Do not place any foil or loose popcorn in the unit this could cause damage or injury.
Kids Meals: This is used to REHEAT meals for children it works at a lower power level. This can be used to reheat hot dogs, oatmeal, baby food and soup. Do Not place any metal objects or objects than can melt this can cause damage or injury.
Warm Hold: This is to keep foods or drinks warm for any length of time up to 99 minutes and 99 seconds. Although it is not a recommended to run a unit at the maxium time limit.
Melt: This is used to melt butter, margarine, chocolate, cheese and marshmallows. Do not leave these items unattended during the duration of melting time to prevent any unwanted over heating.
Soften: This is used to soften ice cream, butter, cream cheese, and frozen drinks. Do not place anything in a container that is made of foam or metal this can cause damge or injury.
*Child Lock: If your model has this feature it is used to lock the unit to keep a child from pressing buttons or causing injury.
Open: This is the handle or button on the front of the unit to open the unit after the unit is done cooking or in use. Do not open the door during the use, always press the Stop/Clear button first. Also do not remove hot items without oven mits or waiting time food is at a safe handling temperature.

Jan 03, 2011 | LG LMVM2277ST Microwave Oven

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Kenmore microwave Model 72 8975590 (750 W) is taking longer to heat food. Takes 3.5 min to bring one cup water to boil, previously took 2,5 to 3 min. Does the element lose power over time?


I can adjust the power level so that circuitry seems to be ok. The longer water boil time could be partially due to the colder winter temperature of the inlet water. We'll just cook the food a bit longer as long as the magnetron is still working.

Jan 21, 2010 | Kenmore Microwave Ovens

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Do not understand the use of the sensor


Dear ggold

I think you refer to the steam sensor. I,ll explain how it works with one of its uses. Say you want to reheat a plate of food. You can do this two ways. You can guess how much time it will take to warm the food, and maybe not heat it enough or overcook it which can ruin some foods. Or you can just press the "reheat" button. The oven will come on at full power and continue to operate until steam begins to rise from the plate. The oven then switches to a "countdown" mode until it determines the food is hot. Saves time and guesswork. Most modern ovens work like this. Since you dont give the make and model of your oven, this is the best I can do.
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