Using the Sensor Control for Potato cooking a Sweet Potato (which we've done numerous times previously) - the cooking time went much longer than expected - all of a sudden we noticed that the fan had stopped. We stepped into the kitchen and there was smoke everywhere - the sweet potato was a crisp and had embers glowing. The house was quickly filled with smoke. The microwave is totally unresponsive - did not trip the circuit breaker. Question, can it be repaired, it worth repairing, or do we need to start shopping. What do you suggest?
Re: Fire in Microwave Using Sensor Control for Potato
Please contact your home insurance to have the problem logged as a failure of the microwave. The insurance company will most likely help you with the smoke damage to the house and will contact the manufacturer to get their money back... there might be an issue with the manufacturing of these appliances.
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I haven't heard of such a thing. You must have cooked it until there was no moisture left in the potato. That would also account for the failure of the oven. It would be the same as no load in the oven.
A thermal protect part is your current problem.
When cooking a potato in the microwave Without puncturing it with a fork... it definitively EXPLODS braking the CAROUSSEL PLATEAU and probably damaging some delicate electronics inside, (you have to pearce the potato with a fork to let steem out when cooking) if you are lucky it could be just a blown fuse inside, have it checked by a proffessional (there is normally no reset for a microwave oven exception maiby for the control panel)
What you are to do to solve the problem is to do a general troubleshooting on your oven below are instruction to follow.
The Microwave is a counter top model with a variety of preset
cooking options, including timed cooking at a variety of power levels and
sensor-cooking settings for popcorn, rice, beverages and single-serving
The sensor cooking and reheating features detect increasing
humidity levels inside the microwave and automatically adjust cooking
time for various types and amounts of food. This microwave
also includes a turntable and an electronic control panel.
Instructions below are step by step solution for your oven
to see if the microwave will start. If it will not start and the
display panel is blank, you may have a power problem. Unplug the
microwave and then plug it back in, making sure that all three prongs
of the power cord are fully inserted into the wall outlet. If this
doesn't work, check your home's fuse box. Reset the circuit breaker to
restore if necessary.
that the microwave door is fully closed. Press the Clear/Off button to
cancel any previous cooking instructions. Re-enter your cooking
program, including cooking time and food weight if necessary, and press
"Err" appears on the microwave display, press the Clear/Off button and
reenter your cooking program. The "Err" message will appear during the
sensor-controlled programs (Popcorn, Rice, Beverage or Reheat) if the
door is opened before steam is detected or if no steam was detected
within the maximum amount of time allowed by the microwave. Be sure to
leave the door closed during these programs, at least until time is
shown counting down on the display panel.
your control panel will not work or if an "L" is displayed on the
screen, press and hold the Clear/Off button for a full three seconds to
unlock the control panel.
your sensor reheat program is resulting in under- or overcooked food,
first try decreasing the amount of food in the microwave; the sensor
programs are designed for single servings of food. The sensor reheat
function works by measuring humidity inside the microwave--do not use a
tightly-covered dish with this setting because no moisture will be able
to escape and the food will overcook. Be sure that cooking containers
are dry; moist containers will increase the humidity in the microwave
and mislead the sensor, resulting in undercooked food.
your turntable is not rotating, first check to ensure that your food
container is positioned so that it can freely rotate without hitting
the microwave's interior walls; using a smaller food container can fix
this problem. If the turntable still will not rotate, lift the
turntable from its support and replace it carefully, ensuring that it
rests evenly on its support.
I had that issue and I opened the unit and there was a fuse near where the power went in. Went to the small local hardware store and they ordered it. It was well under $5 (can't remember) but it still works over 10 years later.
If the fuse blew again I would have trashed the unit.
Not much info to go on here. Are you putting in the number of potatoes vs.the cook time? Most microwave potato functions would not read "5 minutes." It would be read as a request to cook 500 hundred potatoes.