Appliance Repair Oakdale - Microwave Oven Troubleshooting Tips

Appliance Repair Oakdale: Here are some great tips from your trusted appliance repair man. Don’t be too quick to call for appliance repair. The problem might be something simple. If you’re feeling frustrated, take a deep breath, relax and read this article. If the appliance repair man arrives at your home just to plug in the microwave or reset a tripped breaker, you will be embarrassed and even more frustrated when you pay for his service call.

The microwave oven is designed to heat food or liquids very quickly with the touch of a button. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers about the function of a microwave:

Why does it seem to be taking so long to cook in my microwave?

As with all appliances that fail to operate properly, check the power supply. When in doubt, have qualified electrician do an inspection for safety and efficiency.

If all is good with your power supply, check the cooking power setting. Many recipes for microwave cooking specify which cooking power to use by percent, name or number. For example, 70% = 7 = Medium-High. Here is a guide for suggested cooking power for various foods:

100% High (default setting) #10 – Quick heating of convenience foods and foods with high water content including soups, beverages and most vegetables.

90% #9 – cooking small, tender pieces of meat, ground meat, poultry pieces and fish fillets. Heating cream soups.

80% #8 – Heating rice, pasta or casseroles. Cooking and heating foods that require a little less cooking power.

70% Medium-high #7 – Reheating a single serving of food.

60% #6 – Cooking sensitive foods such as cheese and egg dishes, pudding and custards. Cooking casseroles that cannot be stirred, such as lasagna.

50% Medium #5 – Cooking ham, whole poultry and pot roasts. Simmering stews.

40% #4 – Melting chocolate or heating bread, rolls and pastries

30% Medium-Low, Defrost #3 – Defrosting bread, fish, meats, poultry and pre-cooked foods.

20% #2 – Softening butter, cheese and ice cream

10% Low #1 – Taking chill out of fruit

Larger amounts of food may require longer cooking time.

Why does my microwave oven door look wavy?
This is normal and will not affect performance or safety

What do the various tones mean and can I disable them?

Tones are audible signals which indicate the following:

One Tone – Valid entry (short tone) or Hidden feature entered (long tone)
Two Tones – End of stage in multi-stage cooking, invalid entry (short tones), every minute after end-of-cycle tones as a reminder, hidden feature exited.
Three Tones – End of cycle
Five Tones – End of time countdown, during defrost cycle, reminder to check, turn, rearrange or separate food.

Tones may be disabled using the Options pad. Functions can be selected and displays can be changed by touching “Options.” To use options, touch options repeatedly to scroll through the functions then follow directions on the display.

Sound – Turn on or off
Clock – Turn on or off
Scroll Speed – Change speed to slow, normal or fast
Weight – Change to standard (lbs) or metric (kgs)

Different models may vary; check your owner’s manual for more information.

If you continue to have problems with your microwave, call an appliance repair technician to check it out.

Bob Dougherty operates Fleet Appliance Corp, a member of AHASC with over 22 years in business. Their factory trained technicians provide appliance repair and installation services. Fleet Appliance is factory authorized for most major brands and licensed by Suffolk Consumer Affairs.

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