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Why is my microwave making sparks as if there is something metallic in it when only heating plates?

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The plates may not be intended for heating in a microwave.

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My microwave model mv1526w when I press start it start to spark...What makes it spark and can I fix it?


It might be the appliance isn't properly grounded or it might be it is faulty or it might be there is something inside that is unsuitable.

Microwave ovens should not be operated with nothing inside and only suitable containers should be used to hold food for heating. Cups or plates with gold painted rims and metal containers and those containing metal are likely to cause a veritable electrical storm inside.

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Massive sparking and noisy when switched on to heat


Hi,
There are 2 things that cause the massive sparking:
1. you placed inside the microwave oven a metal plate or one with silvery or golden drawings;
2. the mica sheet that covers the magnetron window is compromised (has holes, it is cracked) or it is covered with burnt (carbonised) food.
You have to carefully inspect the mica sheet and wash or replace it, if necessary. Hope that helps.
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Dan

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Sparks when cooking


Make sure no metal item (forks-spoons or oven rack) is touching the outer wall of the microwave. That will cause sparks. If all that is OK then there is usually a metal fan type blade in the microwave top called a stirrer blade that may be out of place and rubbing the cavity causing sparks. Try to pin point the spark area so you know where to look for the problem. Sparks usually mean metal is touching metal somewhere.

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Turned it on to heat food and make a loud noise , did not heat food and have electrical short ordor.


there is something metal inside that is causing this look for any screws or anything that may have been switch with a repair. what happens is the metal causes the microwaves to reflect back to the magnetron instead inside the food causing noises and sometimes sparks and odor. find the metal object remove it and this should solve your problem

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Put a hamburger in to heat, on a paper plate. The interior began to spark. the plate on the Right hand side appears to have a something black and charred (as if a piece of meat or grease has adhered to it)...


Usually the sparks are from exposed metal. Clean the oven, and the table and anything else you can inside. Then just try nuking a cup of water. That gives it something to work with and it won;t make any sparks itself. Then just see if the sparks are gone. If the paint has come off inside the cavity and exposed some metal you can get sparks but that usually means replacing the microwave. If its caused by an object or buildup then a good cleaning stops it.

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Microwave sparking inside when I try to cook something ! anything ! what should I do ?


microwave ovens tend to spark if anything inside it is metal. that includes the metal design that is often painted on the edging of plates. make sure you have nothing metallic in the microwave.

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There is sparking from a small metallic plate mounted on the right side of our sharp R-508HS microwave, along with an ugly humming noise. this plate is adjacent to the magnetron grille. i had heated a...


Sparking in a M/wave is a problem as it can damage the works. Not sure what the plate is you speak of, Generally all metal objects are painted with enamel to prevent sparks. The humming is a worry though as it indicates something not functioning correctly in the Magnatron which is a large transformer like object. M/waves are not as expensive as they once were and can be picked up second hand under warranty from cash exchange places for about $30 onwards. I recognise that even that is an expense you dont want, but to continue to try and use a sparking MW is dangerous and is often not worth the money you spend on repair, against a used or refurbished one with a warranty.

Sorry I cant come and take a look for you ( I am in Australia) and help you out any further. But my advice is if you cant fix it yourself easily, Ditch it and replace it with a used one.


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When using on small amounts of food would burn (spark & flame)


Sparks in microwaves are caused by metal things in there. What kind of plate - any metal or gold leaf decoration on it?
Try a microwave safe dish.
Make sure you do not use metal items in microwaves.
I do not know the model number of your nuker, is it a new one or old? How long have you had it, and has it always done this?

Apr 26, 2009 | GE Microwave Ovens

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Emerson MW8102SS - Sparks and No Heat


The magnetron tube which makes the microwaves is behind that cover plate, and it has gone bad. It is a replaceable part, but it's not worth the cost. Part and labor would be more than a new oven. It's time to treat yourself to a new oven.

Nov 03, 2008 | Emerson MW8102SS 1100 Watts Microwave Oven

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Not heating up anything


Not knowing how much run time you have on the microwave , makes it hard to diagnose the problem but If everything appears to be working properly (as you describe) then you may have a bad/damaged or disconnected magnetron tube inside it. That kind of service should be done by professionals. Exposure to Microwave energy is not something you should mess around with unless you know what you are doing.. Good Luck

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