Question about Microwave Ovens
Heating water in glass bowl, and the microwave just stopped and displays F6 error code and sounds like its running so I have to unplug it to turn it off. This happended once before and the tech came out and did something to the sensor board. It seemed like a pretty easy fix. My husband has some electrical experience and is pretty handy. Wanted to see if you could give some advice on how to fix it?
I fixed by unplugging the microwave with the door open. I plugged it back in and the F6 was gone. I was then able to set the clock and turn the light on/off . When I closed the microwave door, the F6 came back on and the microwave was making a humming noise. I slapped the side of the microwave near the keypad, and the F6 cleared from the readout and the humming stopped. The microwave is working fine now. Don't know why, except maybe slap on the side reset a relay or something. Anyway, I will never by a Sears Kenmore appliance for the rest of my life. The door rattles when you open a close it (like a part inside the door is broken) and this is the second time a fault code has appeared during use. I had GE Profile appliances at my last house, which are more $$ initial cost, but who wants to screw around buying a new microwave every four or five years. I'll happily spend a couple hundred more for the peace of mind and knowing that it will work during Thanksgiving dinner with the family over.
Posted on Dec 09, 2007
I had the F6 code as well. After checking several sites, I came to this one and read about the slapping method. Tried that and it worked!! No need to consult a costly repairman yet!
Posted on Jun 17, 2008
Just did the right handed slap move to the side and bingo, fixed the problem, no tools required!! - Thanks!
Posted on Nov 21, 2009
#1 Tested a fuse behind control panel - NO HELP
#2 Tried the 'unplug & plug' technique - NO HELP
#3 Hit the side of the control panel with my fist - SUCCESS!!!!!!
Posted on Oct 31, 2009
Thanks for the tip. I unplugged, opened the door and slapped the side. Much nicer than a repair bill. I stumbled on to this site by accident and I am sooo glad I did. Thanks
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
The slap method also works on Whirlpool models with the same F6 error. This saved me a bunch of aggravation and money since we were given 3 repair places to call from Whirlpool and 5 days later none have returned our calls!
Posted on Dec 08, 2009
665.60619000 above range vent hood/microwave.
OMG! I'm dieing laughing here!!! After several plugs / unplugs, the slap worked!!! Except since it's surrounded by cabinets, we had to open it and fist hit it from the inside on the control panel side. Woo Hoo!!!
Posted on Jul 11, 2010
I got F6 error message this morning. Tried unpluging still F6 and humming. Searched the net and found this site. Tried the slap method - much to my surprised IT WORKED. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks so much. Adding fixya.com to my favorites.
Posted on Dec 13, 2009
Its likely the relay is stuck and hitting unsticks it.
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
The 665 model prefix units are made by Whirlpool / Frigidaire.
F6 usually means it has a problem on the control circuit board or needs a new keypad.
We can usually handle either problem with our nationwide mail-in repair service.
We have full details, plus *critical* safety, disassembly, and troubleshooting info at our site. You'll find a link to our site in our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
Posted on Dec 09, 2007
Sometimes the slap method works but the reason behind the code is that there is moisture built up on the sensor board. If your microwave is enclosed on the right side you might try using a hair dryer, blowing hot air into the area behing the keypad to dry it out, then wait 15-20- minutes. it should work fine.
Posted on Feb 06, 2013
Wow!!! Thanks for the slap tip...just used in on Whirlpool 2007 model mh2175xsq and complete success...high tech indeed....
Posted on Sep 26, 2010
Hallelujah for the slap method!! Spent time online looking at manual for my model, and then found fixya.com. I am astounded that the "fix" for the F6 problem actually worked!! The god of appliance repairs smiled on me for a change.
Posted on Feb 03, 2011
Thank you all for the information. Ours was doing exactly what PP described: sounded like it was running while F6 was on the screen. We hit the side of it a few times-each time harder ;) and it worked! I thought we'd have to replace our 11 yr old microwave. Now we can save for it first. Thanks again!!!
Posted on Jan 16, 2011
Dittos. Worked for me, too! Thanks for the tip.
Posted on Sep 26, 2010
The "slap fix" worked for us, except, the hand slap did not work. So i used a soft rubber mallet and gave it three moderate whacks on the side of the oven near the keypad area. Then i plugged it in and it worked. Thanks!
Posted on May 29, 2010
Hell's Yeah!!!! This posting should have it's own www.whirl-slap-a-pool.com!!! Just slap that the F****** S*** out of that control panel combined with some on / off juice to that puppy and top it with a few choice words... and Bada-Bing! Your back to thawing meat, popping corn, and nuking T.V. dinners in No Time! Thanks Fixya forum... you probably saved someone's life by keeping me from throwing this microwave off a 5 story building!
Posted on Feb 24, 2012
Whacked that ****. It started working again.
Posted on Nov 29, 2011
And so, of course, we get an F6 two days before the realtor is supposed to come to list our house. The whirlpool manual has NO error code info but I never thought that smacking from the inside by the panel would be so effective (about as hard as you would swat a puppy to keep him from chewing stuff.)
Posted on Aug 14, 2010
My wife has often told me a good slap would fix me so I figured I'd try technique out on our microwave also. And has been the case with many others above, it worked for me too. I guess I'll take my wife out for dinner with the $$$ we saved today. Maybe I'll get lucky tonight!
Posted on Mar 28, 2015
God bless whoever came up with the slap method. What easily worked for me was to use the puppy slap method. Having five dogs I knew that a puppy slap #6 (semi-stern) was probably a god bet. I used the #6 slap three times sternly saying "Bad Bad Puppy" each time. Worked like a dream. Thank you for saving my microwave.
Posted on Sep 11, 2013
Tried the slap technique on the inside of the microwave and it worked! Thank you all so much! My daughter just said... "that's what the internet is for!" So glad everyone took the time to post here! Saves lots of money in the long haul!!
Posted on Jun 23, 2013
I just unplugged it and it works again. Thanks so much.
Posted on Feb 06, 2013
Had the F6 error code come on today for the first time. Called Whirlpool and they said someone could come fix it, starting at $75. I read all of the "slap methods" and we figured we would try it. It worked! Thanks!
Posted on Sep 11, 2012
FIXED IT!! F6 Error on Kenmore Elite Microwave...followed the advice from other posters...I unplugged it...slapped the inside (near control panel) and plugged it back up...did not resolve. I then unplugged and commenced to tapping the inside like a crazy woman with my crab mallet...plugged it back in and now it WORKS!!
Posted on Jun 24, 2012
We called Sears and asked what F6 meant. The tech did not know, and could only offer to schedule a repair visit. The minimum charge was too high for us, so we said no thanks. We then found this site and we tried the "unplug and replug" technique...which did not work. However the "slap" technique in conjunction with the "unplug and replug" technique worked great. Thank you so much.
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
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