These days, it’s hard to find a kitchen that doesn’t have a microwave. It is one of the most popular and practical household appliances since it allows us to heat food in record time and cook more elaborate recipes.

Paying attention to common microwave problems to prevent and avoid them is the best thing you can do to ensure good operation for a few years. Here are some of the most common that you should not ignore.

  • Burning Smell. Sometimes the burning smell can be caused by food scraps that are scorching. It can also be due to an electrical problem. If you perceive it, unplug it and clean it well, and if when starting it the smell persists, better call a technician.
  • Food Scraps Stuck. Try to clean the inside of the microwave every time you use it. This way, the splashes will come out effortlessly, and you will avoid major problems. Over time and use, food scraps harden and burn, damaging the inside of the appliance.
  • Makes Weird Noises. If your microwave is making strange noises and is not due to objects around it, it is best to unplug it. Call a technician to check it. It could be an electrical or motor problem, and it could give you quite a scare.
  • The Display or Buttons Do Not Work Well. If the screen is flickering or the buttons seem stuck, it may be an electrical problem. Unplug it, plug it back in and see if the error persists. If so, take it to a technician.
  • The Door Does Not Close Properly. The door is an essential element of the microwave. This because it is hermetically closed so that the radiation remains inside the appliance. If it doesn’t close properly, fix it before using it again.
  • It Takes Longer to Heat Up. If you notice that your microwave takes longer than usual to heat up, it may be a sign of a magnetron or circuit board failure. Try not to use it in this state and have a technician check it to rule out major problems.
  • Heats Up Too Fast. If you notice that it heats up faster than before, this is also a sign of a possible magnetron or circuit board failure. Avoid using it until you see a specialist.

Watch the video below for a list of things you should never put or heat in a microwave.