How To Reset A Microwave
Microwaves, like other tools or appliances, might develop some problems too. You might encounter instances wherein the oven won't start working, or maybe you have input an incorrect time and would like to change the setting. Good thing that there are some things you can do to resolve this quickly. In this article, let's discuss how to reset a microwave.
Performing Soft Reset
There are two ways of resetting your microwave. Either a soft reset or a hard reset. Here's how to reset a microwave via a soft reset.
For example, you have keyed in the wrong cooking time or mode and would like to change it. What you can do is to perform a soft reset. A soft reset is simply turning off the microwave oven to cancel or erase the program you've input in the microwave. To do this, you will just simply press on the Off/Clear button.
Pressing Off/Clear button and holding it for about 3 seconds will also resolve the Control Locked feature of the microwave. In case you have accidentally press this button while microwaving, you will just need to press the setting you want to make it start working again.
Performing Hard Reset
In case the Off/Clear button of the microwave gets stuck, and it's not canceling the incorrect program you entered, you will have to perform a hard reset. Here's how to reset a microwave via hard reset.
- Step 1. Locate the plug of the microwave and pull that plug out of the socket.
- Step 2. Wait for two to three minutes before plugging in the microwave.
- Step 3. Turn on the microwave and set the time of the day by pressing the Clock button. Press the dial to enter the time, minutes, and the am/pm. After setting the correct time, press on the Start button for the clock to start.
Microwave Issues And How To Resolve It
Here are other common microwave issues you might encounter and its probable causes.
- Microwave is running, but the temperature is not heating - A failed magnetron might cause this issue. A burned magnetron is usually caused by letting the microwave run without food inside, faulty diodes, burned capacitor, defective door switch, and transformer failure. Burned magnetron needs to be replaced.
- The plate inside is not rotating - A defective or burned motor might cause this problem. The motor can just be replaced. In case the motor is in good condition, check the microwave's main control board, the touchpad, or the control panel as this could be the root of the problem.
- The bulb inside the microwave is not lighting when the microwave runs - Defective bulb socket could be one of the causes of this issue and bad wiring. In case the wiring and socket are ok, you might need to check the control board. The control board could not possibly send voltage to the bulb socket. That's why the bulb won't light up.
After performing the soft reset and hard reset, but your microwave is still not working correctly, you will have to bring it to a repair shop and let the professional check it for repair.