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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Google the model number with "manual" or user manual or visit the Magic Chef site and search there--pretty sure if you call them they can either mail you the same or show you how to get it on their site.
Does your microwave have a "popcorn" setting and are you using it? Is there a rotating table in your machine? Is your popcorn bag elevated on top of a bowl or similar? Are you using some other "sensor" setting? Can you use straight time setting and get it to go past the 1 min 45 second mark?
On my microwave, it takes just about that much time and the popcorn is done ... BUT only if I elevate the bag to about the middle of the oven.
I have the same problem with my new magic cheff over the stove microwave oven. I call magic chef and they gave me the 800 number for the service center (1-800-775-0202). When I described the problem they told me to just put a plate under the popper and this wouldn't happen anymore. I haven't tried it yet but here's hoping.
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!
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!