LG Microwave Not Heating? Here’s What to Check


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Common Symptoms of Microwave Not Heating

Understanding the symptoms can help pinpoint the exact cause of the problem. Here are some indicators that your LG microwave is not heating:

  • Microwave turns on but does not heat the food.
  • The microwave operates unusually quietly.
  • The food remains cold after the usual heating time.

Possible Causes and Solutions

Several issues could be the root cause of your microwave’s heating problems. Here are some typical causes and troubleshooting steps:

Magnetron Failure

The magnetron is responsible for generating the microwave frequency to cook food and if it fails, the microwave won’t heat. If the magnetron is burned out, it generally needs to be replaced by a professional.

High Voltage Diode

The high voltage diode helps to power the magnetron. A malfunctioning diode can lead to a lack of heating. Test the diode and replace it if it’s not functioning properly.

Door Switch Issues

The door switch signals other components to operate when the door is closed securely. Check the door switch for any signs of damage or failure and replace it if necessary.

Thermal Fuse or Cut Out

A thermal fuse or cut out can blow, preventing the microwave from heating. Check these components with a multimeter and replace them if they have no continuity.

Safety Tips Before Troubleshooting

Always consider safety first when attempting to fix any electrical appliance:

  • Unplug the microwave before attempting any diagnostics.
  • Avoid touching any electrical parts without proper knowledge.
  • Consider consulting with or hiring a professional technician if you are unsure.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I replace the magnetron myself?

Replacing a magnetron involves handling high-voltage components and is generally recommended for professionals.

How do I test my microwave’s door switch?

You can test the door switch with a multimeter to check for continuity. If the test shows no continuity, the switch should be replaced.

What is the lifespan of a typical microwave?

The average microwave oven can last about 6 to 10 years with proper maintenance and care.

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