Viking microwave oven repair

How to Diagnose A Viking Microwave That Is Not Heating

Arguably one of the most convenient appliances in any home, your microwave allows you to quickly heat up leftover meals, defrost frozen foods, and of course, cook those mouth-watering, butter-flavored bowls of popcorn that we all love!

So when your beloved Viking microwave quits working, there’s no doubting the fact that you’re going to be left inconvenienced!

Fortunately, our team is specialized in all types of appliance installations and repairs, which means that we can help you get your Viking microwave back in working order in no time!

Below, we’ll go over a few basic troubleshooting.

But before attempting to perform any types of repairs to your microwave, it’s always important to unplug and/or turn off the power to the appliance’s outlet first. Microwaves use extremely high-voltage currents, which can be held and discharged in the unit’s capacitor.

With that said, if your repairs involved disassembling your microwave, it might be best to leave the job to a trained appliance technician who can do so safely.
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Microwave Not Turning On At All

There’s nothing worse than going to use one of your appliances, only to find out that it’s not working whatsoever. But when this happens, most times, it’s not caused by any type of serious malfunction.

In fact, many times a microwave that won’t turn on is caused by an issue with the power source.

Ensure Microwave Is Plugged In And Check Circuit Breakers

Especially if you’ve recently moved the appliance, it may be possible that the unit has come unplugged. So start by checking the outlet to make sure that the power cord is undamaged, and properly and securely plugged in.

After that, the next spot to check is your home’s main electrical panel to make sure that the appliance’s power outlet does, in fact, have power.

Because microwaves use such high voltage, it’s not uncommon for them to undergo a circuit overload, which may trip one of your home’s breakers. In this case, turning the breaker back on should be enough to get your microwave to work.

However, if you continue to trip the breaker, you may need to plug your microwave into another outlet, or you may have an issue with the unit’s internal wiring.

Door Latch Won’t Close Properly

If your microwave unit doesn’t seem to want to start, it may also be caused by it’s door latch or lock.

Because it can be dangerous to operate your microwave with the door open, this component is used to tell the unit when it can safely operate.

For this, you’ll want to start by examining the door latch and checking to make sure that there’s nothing preventing the door from closing properly.

If you can’t find any visible issues with door latch or hinges, this problem may be caused by a loose or broken wire connection inside the latch itself.

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Microwave Turns On But Won’t Heat

On the other hand, your microwave may still seem to have power but it simply won’t respond or it simply doesn’t produce any heat when you do turn it on.

The good news is that this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll need to replace the appliance.

But the bad news is that this usually indicates that you have a faulty magnetron, diode, or an issue with the unit’s internal wiring.

Magnetron Has Burnt Out

Essentially, the magnetron is the component that generates the microwave energy needed to heat up your food or beverages.

Unfortunately, when this component fails to operate properly, you’ll experience a microwave that will likely still turn on and respond, but won’t produce any heat whatsoever.

Replacing a magnetron should never be done by yourself. And it does tend to be a bit pricier of a repair, but most times, it’s still cheaper than replacing the entire appliance.

Viking Microwave Diode

Microwave Diode Went Bad

Similar to the magnetron, the unit’s diode is used to produce the microwave energy needed for the unit to function properly.

Typically, you’ll be able to identify a faulty, shorted, or malfunctioning diode if you can smell anything burnt coming from the microwave. A faulty diode may also show signs of damage including blistering, cracks, or burns.

With that being said, you should never attempt to disassemble your microwave on your own.

These components may hold and store an electric charge even when the appliance is no longer plugged in.

Unless it is properly discharged, this may result in high-voltage shocks, electrocution, and injury when proper precautions are not taken.

Problems With Wiring

Finally, when any of the above-mentioned components fail, they often overheat, which can cause damage to the unit’s internal wiring. In fact, many times, a faulty magnetron or diode will cause minor burning, which may short out certain internal wiring connections.

Fortunately, broken, burnt, or bad wiring connections can easily be repaired.

But you should never attempt to perform these on your own.

Instead, it’s much safer to contact a professional appliance repair service to get the job done safely and properly.

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Viking Microwave Repair Near You

Whether you’ve got a microwave that doesn’t turn on whatsoever, or a microwave that won’t produce any heat, it’s often much more affordable to repair the faulty component rather than replacing the entire appliance.

Viking Appliance Pros are trained, knowledgeable, and possess all the parts and tools necessary to get your microwave back in working order.

Got a broken Viking microwave? Don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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