Magic Chef Microwave looses power when making popcorn
Set the timer for 2:55, not using the popcorn setting. The microwave stops dead, no display and comes back to life after about 10 minutes. Second microwave of same make and model both brand new. I installed exactly the same microwave in my last house, back in May, and popped the same brand and package size of popcorn with out problems. My theory is the steam from the pop corn is for some reason tripping a thermal cut out switch.
Re: Magic Chef Microwave looses power when making popcorn
Actually figures out that it was the sensor for the plate that was tripping it out. Placing a dinner plate on it before popping corn resolved the problem. Assuming my wife remembers the plate of course.
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If you have the kitchen timer set for instance for 10 minutes and it is counting down, and then you want to reheat you coffee for 2 minutes. You would hit either time cook or reheat button and enter 2 minutes ten hit start. The microwave will heat your coffee and show the 2 minute countdown for that. When done it will revert back to what is left on the 10 minute kitchen timer without missing a beat on most microwaves.
1. Hold the Timer/Clock button down for a few seconds till it beeps and shows 12/24 hours.2. Type the time into the display. Use the minute buttons to set the hour, and the second buttons to set the minutes.
3. Press the clock button again.
Never run the microwave without a load (something to heat)!!! That kills the microwave generating parts.
Sounds like a 'thermal' protect switch is activating after running. Make sure that (if the unit is mounted in a cabinet) that there is sufficient space around the unit for proper air flow and that nothing is blocking the vents. Try setting it on a counter top and heat something. If it works properly and doesn't shut off, the venting space is the problem. You may have to have the cabinet that it sits in redesigned for more clearance.
You are running the risk of damaging the Magnatron by doing this.
Check the packets you are using, you will have to reduce your power output.
This is because microwaves act by being absorbed by water. There is very little in popcorn and in fat. Once this has been evaporated, the microwave energy builds up (as it is still being produced - but not absorbed), and ends up cooking the magnatron itself.
I have seen countless posts on here after cooking popcorn!
More fun on the hob anyway - and cheaper to buy in bulk!
use OrvilleRickenbacker ah you know who lol set it for five minutes when you hear it slow take it out works for me no the oven don't need repair popcorn's tough the best way i know to make popcorn is an electric skillet yum yum
We had the same problem with our brand new Magic Chef. Before going through the trouble of taking it back I called Home Depot. After talking to a Home Depot Rep I am told that the overheat sensor is under the glass plate directly beneath the popcorn bag. Popcorn gets very hot and the heat of the popcorn causes the sensor to shut the machine down. I would imagine this would be the same for a baked potato.
Very poor design.
I was told to put a microwave safe plate down and put the popcorn bag on it. This should help to reduce the heat and not trip the sensor.
A safety sensor is great, but not if it keeps tripping the machine and shutting down!