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Easy Troubleshooting Tips For A Wolf Microwave

Easy Troubleshooting Tips For A Wolf Microwave

Wolf microwaves are some of the best appliances on the market. However, as with any other home appliance, they are susceptible to breaking down and requiring maintenance. We’ve listed the most common problems associated with Wolf microwaves below.

Microwave Cycle Won’t Start

One of the most common problems associated with microwave repair is when a unit’s cycle won’t start.  Unfortunately, there are numerous reasons why this could be happening. The first thing you may want to check is whether the microwave is receiving enough power to run properly.  Check the outlet and power cord for any problems. You may also choose to test another appliance or device (i.e. phone, computer) with the outlet to see if it is, in fact, functioning correctly. Or, you can also try plugging the microwave into a different outlet to see if that solves the problem.

If you are still experiencing problems, turn off the circuit breaker the outlet is attached to for 30 seconds and then turn it back on again. Sometimes this can fix the problem. If your unit is getting power from a reliable outlet, there are several other reasons you could be experiencing problems.

Microwave Cycle Won't Start

Faulty Main Control Board

Faulty Microwave Control Board

If your microwave doesn’t start, it could mean there is a problem with your main control board.

The touchpad may have become too caked with food or other matter for it to register your touch. Therefore, start out by giving it a good cleaning to see if that can help you rectify the problem. The touchpad might also be having trouble registering your fingertips due to it responding to reverse magnetism. Try warming your hands up before using the touchpad and see if that remedies the problem you are experiencing.

If none of these steps fix the problem, you will likely have to service your unit with the help of an experienced appliance technician.

Thermo-Protector Replacement

Microwave Thermo Protector

If you find that your microwave shuts off after a few seconds or not heating your food efficiently, this could indicate a problem with your thermo-protector.  This device will cut off the voltage to the microwave if it overheats. However, a dysfunctioning thermo-protector will be tripped without cause, causing your food not to heat properly or your unit to shut off completely. If your thermo-protector is not functioning correctly, it will need to be replaced.

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Broken Door Switch

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Microwaves typically have 3 to 4 door switches that will activate when latched properly. If even one of these switches is not functioning correctly, your unit will not work at all.  These switches need to send a signal to the microwave that it is safe to start heating for the unit to function.

Replacing a broken door switch will require a licensed technician to fix it.

Broken Magnetron

Wolf Microwave Magnetron Replacement Denver

The magnetron is likely the most important part of your microwave, as it is the part responsible for actually heating your food.  It uses high voltage electric power to create the microwave frequencies that you’ll use to cook your food.  With that said, a burned-out magnetron renders your whole microwave useless and requires a professional to replace. However, in some cases, it may be more affordable to replace your unit entirely rather than replace the magnetron.

Damaged Thermal Fuse

Thermal fuses protect the microwave from overheating. Therefore, when the thermal fuse is blown, power will be cut off to the controls of the unit, and it will no longer function whatsoever.

If the fuse is blown, there will be obvious burn and scorch marks visible. As with door switches and magnetrons, you will need a licensed technician to replace a damaged thermal fuse.

Thermal Fuse

Microwave turntable not turning

You should not continue to use your microwave if the turntable is not rotating as it could lead to further damage to your unit.There are a few reasons why the turntable in your microwave is not turning. The most common cause is simply that something is impeding the movement of it. Try manually spinning the table and looking for an obstruction. Remove anything you find that is preventing the table from turning.  You can also remove the turntable rollers to give them a good clean and put them back again. This may solve the problem.

If nothing is impeding the movement of the turntable, it could indicate a problem with the turntable motor or issues with your control panel.

Microwave Turntable Won't Spin

Broken Turntable Motor

Microwave Turntable Motor Issue

If your turntables won’t rotate or won’t stop rotating, this could be a motor problem. A new turntable motor costs around $90-$100, depending on your supplier, and requires a technician to replace properly.

Control Panel Issues

Microwave Control Panel Issue

The turntable not rotating could also be a problem with your control panel. One possible solution is to turn the circuit breaker that the unit is plugged into off for 30 seconds before powering it back on.

This could solve your problem, but if it doesn’t, you’ll likely need to hire a professional to assess.

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