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The microwave does not heat

The microwave is working properly, but it does not heat. I have the power level at 10, but nothing gets hot. I have checked to make sure everything is working, it seems to be working fine. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem or know how to fix it. I just bought it about two months ago at a yard sale and it was working just fine in the beginning now it won't heat at all.

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Do you know basic electronics? or someone who does? if so get back to me and I will help, it is an easy fix.

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Temperature at 10 power level


It does not work that way. The microwave OVEN generates (electromagnetic) microwaves that are absorbed by the molecules of the food in the oven, the container and the air.
The absorption rate depends on the molecular composition. After enough microwave energy is absorbed the overall temperature increases and the food is warmed, heated or cooked. If your mixture is inhomogeneous some parts absorb more energy while other absorb less and you can have hot spots.

The power level by itself won't give you an indication of the temperature because you need to know the time that the power has been applied. In simple terms Energy =time*power. The temperature reached is somewhat proportional to the energy, that makes it dependent on the time and the power.

Dec 22, 2013 | Haier MWM0925T 0.9 cu. ft. Microwave With...

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Temperature in degree centigrade at 10 power level


It does not work that way. The microwave OVEN generates (electromagnetic) microwaves that are absorbed by the molecules of the food in the oven, the container and the air.
The absorption rate depends on the molecular composition. After enough microwave energy is absorbed the overall temperature increases and the food is warmed, heated or cooked. If your mixture is inhomogeneous some parts absorb more energy while other absorb less and you can have hot spots.

The power level by itself won't give you an indication of the temperature because you need to know the time that the power has been applied. In simple terms Energy =time*power. The temperature reached is somewhat proportional to the energy, that makes it dependent on the time and the power.

Dec 22, 2013 | Haier MWM0925T 0.9 cu. ft. Microwave With...

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Microwave will heat but not very hot 'even on 10 power


not something most average people are going to be able to fix, maybe the Magnetron.
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Dec 23, 2012 | GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven

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My microwave is now running at half power, even though the power level shows 10 on the display. I have to double the time to cook everything. I tried cutting the power to the m/w, and then turning it back...


Load test.

A simple safety test.
Place 1/2 litre of water in a glass container. Measure the temperature of the water.
Place in microwave and heat on full power for 1minute.
Measure the temperature after it has stood for 1minute.
If the temperature difference is more than 9 degrees Celcuis the magnetron is working and producing about 700Watts of heat.
If your microwave is labelled with 900 or 1000Watts. That is about right.
If the temperature is less then the magnetron is not working properly and may need replacing.


This a only a rough guide and any doubts you should consult an authorised service agent.

Mar 20, 2011 | Panasonic NN-S252WF Microwave Oven

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Not hot


In all likelihood the mangnetron has failed, or perhaps even the Power Supply. or a fault that is shutting the system down for safety reasons You need to have it serviced by a reputable service centre/man. Ensure you get a firm "Quote" before proceeding, and remember these days the cost of repair can equal or exceed the price of a new one.

Feb 20, 2010 | GE Spacemaker JVM1740 Microwave Oven

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Microwave MCO160UQ lite and turntable work. does not heat and power level cannot be set. (power level display toggles between "-20" and "0-10")


The first thing I would suggest is a hard reset. Unplug the unit for a minute or so. Then plug it back in, set the clock and try again.

If that doesn't work, leave it unplugged for about 5 minutes.

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Jan 09, 2010 | Magic Chef Microwave Ovens

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How doI change the power on my microwave?


  • Press "Time Cook" or "Micro Cook."

  • Enter cooking time.

  • Press "Power Level".

  • Select a desired power level 1-10 (default is 10).

  • Press "Start"

Jul 06, 2009 | GE JES1855 Microwave Oven

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Microwave appears to work fine but will not heat at all.


Sounds like the thermal protector on the mag tube quit. It may have gotten too hot and opened up. That is the lesser of all the evils that can happen to a Microwave.

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