Microwave Oven Repair & Installation
The very first commercially available microwave sold for an equivalent amount of in excess of $50k. Nowadays, you can pick up a really cheap one for about $50. While you might not see a cheap one as worth the expense of fixing, there are plenty of high-end residential and commercial ovens that have a value that warrants the cost.
Microwave ovens are among the most popular and widely used appliances in many homes and businesses. They greatly simplify food preparation and make it possible for everyone, including people with busy lives and tight schedules, to feed healthy meals to their family.
When your microwave oven breaks down, you typically want to get it back in good working order at the earliest possible opportunity. West Coast Chief specializes in fast, lasting oven repair services that restore household convenience and help keep your daily routine on track.
Development of the Microwave Oven
Microwaves are the part of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum between radio waves and infrared. Micro denotes that their wavelengths are smaller than those found in radio. Their heating properties are one of the quite famous accidental discoveries that lead to a useful invention. A leading expert in radar was experimenting when a piece of confectionary in his pocket melted, leading him to investigate practical applications of the heating effect.
Types of Microwave Ovens
Although the principal found in all microwaves is the same, you can find several methods of using them.
- Solo Microwave
Solo ovens are the simplest and often cheapest type, they are solely powered by microwaves. Solos are great for the simple tasks like reheating leftovers, defrosting, and heating liquids. The very cheapest of this appliance are of this type because they are the simplest but some of the most expensive ones are dedicated, simple, yet high quality.
- Grill Microwave
Basically a normal microwave oven with an electric heating element above the turntable to speed things up and brown the top of the food. When food is browned the temperature is far higher than microwaves will produce, so these ovens add the extra heat to give a more authentic effect when the user is trying a more ambitious recipe.
- Convection Microwave
Everything the first two types have, but with the addition of a fan to circulate the heated air from the grilling element. It’s debatable whether this is a microwave with heat assistance or the other way round. Thermador has a different approach; by creating speed-cooking by including microwave technology in conventional ovens.
- Other Variations
Over-the-Range types are mounted on a kitchen wall directly above a stove, range or cooktop. Some over-the-range microwaves incorporate a ventilation system for the associated cooking surface. The main advantage of these appliances is a significant saving in counter space. Over-the-range units vary in terms of both cooking power (wattage) and capacity. Countertop ovens sit directly on a kitchen countertop, or on a counter in any other suitable room. There are three subtypes available, known respectively as full-size, mid-size, and compact.
The Importance of a Functional Microwave Oven
In addition to drastically shortening cooking times, a microwave oven provides a number of significant benefits for the average household.
- First, since microwaves directly cook your food and do away with the need to heat up additional water or oil, their use can lead to substantial savings in energy costs over time.
- The rapid action of these appliances also helps maximize the amount of health-supporting nutrients left in your food at the end of the cooking process.
- In addition, since frozen food can go directly into a microwave, you typically have a lower level of exposure to the harmful microorganisms that can build up in food that thaws to room temperature on your counter.
- Apart from the obvious loss of the above benefits, if food is not heated thoroughly, foodborne illnesses can occur. Campylobacter and Salmonella infections are the most common, contributing over 95% of total cases.
A food thermometer is a relatively inexpensive device that can help prevent these illnesses by helping you determine if food has reached sufficient temperature to eradicate harmful pathogens. Insert the probe into the center of the food and note the temperature on the display. Digital displays are prevalent these days, but analog types are still available.
Low-risk foods like beef, lamb, and fish should reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 Celsius) and higher risk items like poultry, eggs, and reheated leftovers should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 Celsius). Be sure to sterilize the probe after use or you risk cross contamination.
Signs That Your Microwave Needs Repair
Microwave ovens can develop a range of problems that impair their ability to cook or heat food in a reliable, efficient manner. Specific examples of problems you may encounter include:
- Power failure
- Intermittent power
- Failure to reach programmed temperature
- Turntable not rotating properly
- Display panel problems
- One or more broken touchpad buttons
- Loud or unusual noises during operation
- Door not opening or closing
- Electrical sparks or arcs
If you have doubts, the experts at West Coast Chief Repair can answer your questions. With decades of experience, we can identify problems that call for prompt servicing or repair. We can also provide you with useful tips that help you keep your oven in good working order for as long as possible.
Diagnosing Microwave Problems & Making Repairs
Microwaves are complex electronic appliances, and most major problems you experience have at least three or four possible causes. An oven that doesn’t heat your food properly may have underlying faults to components that include:
- Main control board
- Thermal fuse
- Door switch
- Magnetron (the part responsible for generating microwave energy)
A microwave without power indicates:
- Blown thermal fuse
- Damaged main control board
- Blown line fuse
- Faulty thermoprotector (prevents overheating)
A malfunctioning turntable has potential causes that include:
- Turntable motor
- Control panel
- Main control board
- Display board
Microwaves are potentially the most dangerous devices to the amateur technician. High voltage capacitors retain their charge even when the power is removed. Only a well-trained, experienced professional has the knowledge base required to understand all the issues and safely determine which specific issue is causing the problems you observe.
The same level of training and experience is required to make an appropriate repair plan and take all steps necessary to restore your microwave to good working condition. Top servicing and repair companies also possess the expertise needed to work on ovens produced by all major manufacturers.
Call Out the Experts
The expert and local technicians at West Coast Chief Repair in Los Angeles have been servicing and repairing all types of microwave oven since the 1980s. During that time, our staff have gained the knowledge and hands-on experience required to work on all brands of microwaves, including Kenmore, KitchenAid, GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Maytag, and Samsung. Regardless of the problems you’re dealing with, we can return your make and model to reliable operation.