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When I plug the unit into the outlet, the GFI pops up

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Hi,
There is a short internally in the microwave somewhere... the GFCI checks and see the short and immediately trips out...
You will need to use an OHM meter and check out the circuitry to find the shorted place inside the microwave...

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FUSE AND WALL SOCKET OK BUT MICROWAVE WILL NOT SWITCH ON


Quite often there are several outlets on a GFI outlet. It does not have to be the one you are plugged into. Find the GFI outlet in the area where you have it plugged into and reset that. If it won't reset then you have a bad GFI outlet.

Feb 09, 2016 | Morphy Richards Microwave Ovens

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Started tripping the GFI outlet. Outley appears to functioning correctly after re-set, but the microwave keeps tripping it when I plug it back in


HI Joe
Couple of things to consider here.
  1. There may be a GFI plug there at the microwave, but it can get tripped by current leakage on other parts of the circuit. If there are other things plugged into the circuit (every outlet that's on the same panel breaker), it's possible any of them could be causing the tripping. Unplug anything else on the circuit, then plug things back in one by one to see if there's something that may make it pop.
  2. The reset switch in a GFI plug is mechanical. If it's been tripped a few times, it may be worn or not fully reset. Electrical guides usually suggest testing / resetting GFI plugs monthly, both to make sure they work, and also to cycle the mechanical switch. If dust, toaster crumbs, or other stuff might have gotten into the mechanism, it might not be mechanically resetting properly. Try test/reset/test/reset a few times and see if any of the clicks start feeling more distinct.
  3. The trip can be legit. Hopefully not the microwave, but if there is a short in the line somewhere, you really want to track it down before it causes a fire. In some cases, even heavy dust on/in outlets can cause pseudo-shorts with some current trickling to ground. GFI switches will usually trigger with less than 5 mA of current drop, so it doesn't take much. Blow out the receptacle with canned air.
The switch or it's connections may be bad. Unplug the microwave and (no cutting corners here), turn off the breaker to the plug. Undo the faceplate and mounting screws and pull the plug away from the wall. Check that the wire connections to the plug are tight, and that the wire nuts connecting the plug to the wall lines are also firm and tight. Tighten if necessary. If you're still getting trouble after trying this all, Consider replacing the outlet and seeing if that helps.

Hoping this helps!
D

Dec 07, 2015 | In Microwave Ovens

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Microwave clock and panel was lit in am wasn't used but in evening when went to use it isn't lit and won't work at all


Hello Anonymous

At the risk of starting with the very basics, when you say that the clock and panel aren't lit and wont' work at all, the first place to look is the wall power. You may be missing power from the wall because:
  1. The microwave isn't plugged in. Someone may have yanked a plug to plug in a mixer, phone charger, thanksgiving animated ornament, or what have you. Trace the cord back and make sure it's plugged in.
  2. Make sure the outlet has power. Take some plug-in-able item and plug to the outlet and see if it can turn on. If not:
  1. A number of kitchen outlets may have GFI switches, especially if they are anywhere near sinks. The GFI may have been tripped. There should be a reset switch in the middle of the plug. See if it's tripped, and reset if necessary.
  2. The breaker may have been tripped. Most kitchen circuits are wired to 20Amp breakers. If this is elsewhere in the house, like in an entertainment room or such, it is likely a 15 Amp outlet. Microwaves can draw a fair amount of power. Someone using another kitchen appliance, hair dryer, or what have you, on the same circuit, may have tripped the breaker. Newer code may specify an AFI or GFI breaker for kitchen outlets. In that case, a fault with something else on the circuit may have tripped the breaker. If that is the case, and it trips again, talk to an electrician. You don't want a fault like that undiagnosed.

    3) You may also want to try plugging the microwave into another outlet, even if the normal outlet seems OK

    If there's wall power and a good plug-in, then you work back to the microwave itself. A number will have fuses. Also, there may be interlocks that kick in if, for instance, the carousel rotation is impeded - that can mean something on the carousel is hitting a wall, which can risk tipping something over and spilling, or risk mucking up the reduction gears for the carousel axle if it keeps pushing.

    At that point, looking for specifics on your microwave model will be needed. You may also try the Microsoft Support approach - i.e unplug it for 5 minutes, then plug it back in and see if it works.

    Hoping this helps, Good Luck!

Nov 18, 2015 | In Microwave Ovens

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My microwave is not heating


Are you sure you have power at the outlet? If not check your circut breaker box. You may have a GFI circut. The GFI outlets are very sensitive. They have reset button and test button. If other "non GFI" outlets are on the same cirute they are affected by the GFI outlet. The GFI outlets do fail at times, and need to be replaced. Have you had recent power outage? Sometimes our "smart devices" are too smart.
If you have power, I'd unplug for a few hours and see if that might reset it's "brain" If that doesn't help you may have a panel problem. Owner's manual? Check troubleshooting section. Warranty?, pursue that. Age of microwave? Consider the cost of repair vs. finding a lightly used "working" microwave.

Mar 03, 2015 | Microwave Ovens

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Microwave Circuit trips First: It began after some watery contents spilled out while microwaving from being turned on for a very long time (the most ever) overheating. It spilled over and some seeped out...


The outlet with the red button is a GFI (ground fault interrupter) type. It may have been damaged when the microwave overheated. If so, it may trip when loaded.

You should do a full two minute heat test with a cup of water with the oven plugged into the standard type outlet that you tried second.

If it works fine, then i would suspect that the GFI outlet has failed and needs to be replaced. "When in doubt, throw it out", as they say.

The microwave does not need a GFI type outlet.

But do be sure the microwave's internal cooling fan is running properly.

When I say internal cooling fan, I do not mean the hood vent exhaust fan which you can turn on and off manually.

I'm instead talking about the internal fan which comes on automatically whenever you microwave.

It is vital that the cooling fan runs, or the magnetron will soon be destroyed.

We have a sound clip of what a microwave should sound like when the cooling fan and high voltage section are working.

If the turntable and/or inside light do not work when you cook, that's a bad sign, too.

If the microwave still fails in the standard outlet, it has a problem that needs to be addressed.

If you need further help, contact me directly or post a new detailed help request here and include your full model number from the tag on the oven.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

May 24, 2011 | GE JVM1440 Microwave Oven

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Cant plug in microwave. Everytime i do it trips GFI outlet. Same story for all outlets in kitchen. Plug in anything else and it works fine.


Hi
It sounds there is current leakage within the oven, causing your safety switch to trip.
It would be best to have a professional check your oven.
Isaac

Jan 30, 2011 | Microwave Ovens

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I have the Kenmoore Microwave Hood 721.80402. During this last wave of storms, I was without power for 2 days. Once the power was restored, the microwave will not work. Everything is plugged in and the...


You might try pulling the plug on the unit and leaving it overnight. The electronics may have locked up due to irregular voltage during the failure. There may also be a GFI (ground fault interrupter) on that circuit that has tripped for the same reason. Check the kitchen outlets for a tripped GFI.

Feb 14, 2010 | Kenmore 62622 Microwave Oven

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The microwave does not react what so ever. Checked the fuse and its fine, what could be the problem? please help


Is there power at the outlet? You say you checked the fuse ... is that the one inside the machine? Is the outlet protected by a GFI (reset for a GFI is on the GFI)? A GFI looks like a ordinary outlet but is very sensitive to electrical irregularities. Your circuit breaker may be on or your power panel fuse may be fine and the fuse inside your oven may be fine. If the GFI is popped, you have no power.

Try some other electrical device in the outlet. Does it work? Try an extension cord from a known hot outlet?

Beyond these tips, you may need professional help with this.

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Jan 22, 2010 | LG LMV1630ST Microwave Oven

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The microwave just stopped working in the middle of heating


Always have something in the microwave before turning on. A glass of water is OK. It's needed to absorbed the energy.
All microwaves will stop if the door is opened. This a safety feature. Never operate with the door opened.
The button below the plug outlet is a test button for the GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter). This is a safety feature of the electrical wiring for your home. Make sure it's turned on.
Since this is a new unit, you may want to take it back to the store you bought from for an exchange/refund.



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