Undoubtedly, your Hamilton Beach microwave oven is probably one of the most often used appliances in your home. What do you do when it is not working?
Resetting your microwave oven is the first line of defense when it is no longer working. This can be done by disconnecting the Hamilton Beach microwave from power and then plugging it back in again. If you are unable to reach the power cord, you can disconnect it by turning off the circuit breaker.
Resetting it in this way basically clears all the settings that have been established in the microwave since the last time it was reset. You may never have reset it personally but if the power is going out for any length of time, it will reset it on its own.
Admittedly, this is not going to work in every instance and there are going to be times when you have to take things a step forward to look at some of the other issues that may be taking place.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Not Working (How To Fix/Reset)
It is important to understand that working on a microwave is not something that should be done by every home DIY enthusiast. In fact, if you’re not careful, you could electrocute yourself.
Even if you turn off a microwave by disconnecting it, unplugging it, turning off the circuit breaker, and anything else you can think of, there may still be energy inside of it. The capacitors in your microwave hold onto power, and they can hold enough that they can kill you.
The capacitors can be discharged but you have to know what you are doing in order to do it safely. Otherwise, you may actually electrocute yourself while trying to discharge the capacitor.
If you want to work on your microwave, you can disconnect it from power and leave it unplugged for at least 24 hours. In most cases, that should be enough to dissipate the power but you still need to be cautious that there is no energy stored before you start working.
In addition, if you’re going to be doing any work on the magnetometer, you need to be cautious when working with the insulators. If you don’t handle the insulators properly, you could release poisons that would kill you if you get it in your lungs.
Quite honestly, unless you really know what you are doing, you should not do anything outside of the most basic maintenance on your microwave oven. If you start taking off panels and working on the circuitry, you could be in for some trouble.
We already talked about the possibility of resetting the microwave but there may be some other issues going on. Here are some things that could keep it from working:
1. Microwave Door – Believe it or not, one of the biggest issues that keep a microwave from working for most homeowners is that the door is not shut properly. Try opening and closing the door and check to make sure that it is aligned properly.
Microwave doors have to be closed in order for a microwave to work according to the safety features that are built-in. If the microwave door is out of line or even if you just don’t get it shut properly, it is not going to work for you.
2. Microwave Door Sensors – Although the microwave door itself may be shut, there are still sensors that can keep it from working. Those sensors detect if the door is shut or not and if they are worn out or broken, they will not allow the microwave to start.
3. Timer – The kitchen timer, which is probably one of the most often used functions on your Hamilton Beach microwave may be to blame. Perhaps you set the kitchen timer and did not allow it to run the whole way down to zero. If that is the case, it could be reading a few seconds or perhaps even zero but if it is not reset, you cannot get your microwave to work.
To reset the timer, press the timer switch on your Hamilton Beach microwave multiple times. It will set, reset, and then you will hear a long beep which means that it is off.
4. Magnetron – If the Megatron is faulty or burnt out, it can keep your microwave from working. There may be times in which the microwave runs, but it is not going to heat your food.
When a magnetron is going bad or has gone bad, you will probably hear a lot of noise coming from the microwave. It could be a humming sound that did not exist before or maybe some type of strange vibration. In addition, a magnetron will often give off a burning smell that indicates it is overheating.
5. Touchpad – Although this is not a very common problem, it could be an issue that at times occurs. If the touchpad is not functioning properly, then you will not hear any beeping when you press the buttons and it will not work to reset the microwave or set the time.
6. Control Board – If you are having a problem where the control board is no longer working or if it is on its way out, it will not allow the microwave to work. The control board can be thought of as being like the computer that runs the entire microwave, so if there are any problems, then you will not be able to cook your food.
7. Thermal Fuse – There may be times in which the thermal fuse has become defective. The thermal fuse is an interior, in-line fuse that monitors the temperature in the microwave. If the temperature gets too hot, the thermal fuse will shut off the microwave to prevent damage.
When the thermal fuse is going bad, it will not allow the microwave to start in the first place. You can remove the thermal fuse and check it for continuity with a multimeter. You will not be able to fix the thermal fuse, it has to be replaced.
8. Thermalprotector – This device works like a thermal fuse, but it is more like a circuit breaker than a fuse. If it detects high temperatures, it will trip the interior circuit breaker and prevent overheating. Sometimes, the thermal protector needs to be reset.
These are just a few of the reasons why your Hamilton Beach microwave is no longer working. There may be other issues that can be happening behind the scenes as well, including some of the following specific issues that we will discuss below.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Buttons/Keypad Not Working
One of the issues that sometimes happens with a Hamilton Beach microwave is for the buttons and keypads to stop working. Is this a difficult issue to overcome?
A bad control panel is one of the more common reasons why microwave buttons may stop working. If your Hamilton Beach microwave buttons are no longer making any noise or changing settings when you are pressing them, then the control panel may need to be replaced.
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to test a control panel but you can still inspect it to see if it is bad. This is done by removing the control panel from the microwave and looking for any burned areas in the circuitry or cracks.
It is vitally important that you disconnect the microwave from the source of power by unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker before you take off any panels inside or outside. In addition, you have to be cautious that you don’t come in contact with the capacitors, which may hold a lethal amount of energy.
After you have removed the control panel, you can replace it by simply plugging the new one in place. This will often be enough to fix the keypad and buttons.
There are also times when it may be the keypad itself but this is difficult to detect. It is a rare occurrence, but if, after you replace the circuit board the buttons are still not working, it is the next logical place to check.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Light Not Working
We rely on the light in our Hamilton Beach microwave to help us see the food that is cooking. If your light is no longer working, what can be done?
Like any other lightbulb in our home, it is possible for the bulb in your Hamilton Beach microwave to have blown out. Typically, this is easy to see because the bulb itself will take on a black appearance after it is burnt. You can replace the bulb by getting a new one.
The bulb in your microwave is a specialty type of light bulb that tends to burn very hot. This can sometimes cause it to burn out quickly, but it may also be a user error that is causing it to burn.
If, after replacing a lightbulb in a Hamilton Beach microwave you notice that it burns out quickly, it may be because you are touching the bulb with your fingers. This will cause a bulb to overheat and will significantly lower its lifespan.
The oil in your fingers will put a slight coating on the glass and it will overheat because the heat will not escape through the glass as readily. It may seem like a simplistic thing, but when you do replace the light bulb, use a paper towel or cloth to touch the bulb itself.
One other feature that could go bad is the light bulb holder. If you replace the light bulb but it still isn’t working, you may need to replace the holder. The circuitry may also, at times, be to blame.
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Hamilton Beach Microwave Clock Not Working
We rely on the microwave clock more often than we do many other clocks in the home. If your Hamilton Beach microwave clock is no longer working, what can you do to reset it?
The first thing to do when the microwave clock is not working is to try to hard reset the Hamilton Beach microwave. This is done by disconnecting the power, either by unplugging the microwave or by turning off the circuit breaker. After waiting a few minutes, turn the power back on and then reset the clock.
This may seem like a simple thing, but it is not often as easy as it sounds. Since we don’t have to set the clock in our Hamilton Beach microwave very often, we may not remember all of the steps that are necessary to do it.
Fortunately, Hamilton Beach has built-in the directions for resetting the clock into the system itself. If the clock is flashing zeros or if it needs to be reset, it will walk you through the process step-by-step.
If you reset your microwave and the clock is still not working, it may be that the kitchen timer is on. Of course, resetting the microwave will also reset the timer but it is something worth considering.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Turntable Not Spinning
When the turntable spins in our Hamilton Beach microwave, it helps to ensure that the food is getting evenly cooked throughout. What can you do when it stops spinning?
The most common reason why a microwave turntable is not spinning is due to the turntable slipping off track. It’s a relatively easy thing to fix, as you simply adjust the glass plate until it is back on track again. Once the turntable is back on track, it will spin with the rest of the unit underneath it.
Typically, there will be grooves in the microwave glass turntable to help guide you to reinstalling it properly. You won’t actually hear it snap in place but it will fall into place and lock securely.
If that doesn’t work, try removing the glass plate from the microwave and running the microwave without it. This will allow you to determine if the underside is actually spinning.
It could be that gears have stripped and that it is no longer spinning as a result. You might also find that the motor that turns the turntable is no longer running.
If you suspect that the turntable motor is the problem, you should proceed with caution. Always disconnect the microwave from power before you do any work on it and be cautious when working on a microwave, even after it is unplugged.
Carefully remove the panel so that you can access the motor. You can then remove the motor and try to spin the blade for the turntable manually. If it is not spinning properly, then you may have to replace the motor.
Motors can be checked for continuity and you may be able to test the motor in different ways to see if it is working. For the most part, if a motor is going bad, it is best if it is just replaced rather than trying to repair it. You will not be able to repair the motor for your microwave.
In addition, there may be times when the microwave is so old that it is not going to be worth repairing. You will have to make this determination, but it is one that is worth considering.
In either case, it’s something that has to be fixed before the turntable itself will spin while you cook your food.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Not Heating
When we cook any food in our Hamilton Beach microwave, we automatically expect that it is going to heat the food quickly. That’s the joy of having a microwave, but there are times when problems occur.
If your Hamilton Beach microwave is no longer heating it is likely due to the magnetron being burnt out. The magnetron is the part of the microwave that operates with a high current and generates the heat that cooks the food. If the microwave is not heating, the magnetron may need to be replaced.
If you do determine that it is the magnetron, you need to use a lot of caution when replacing it. There are numerous ways that you could be seriously hurt or perhaps even killed by working on a microwave.
First of all, there are capacitors in the microwave that hold onto power for an extended amount of time. Even if you unplug the microwave before you work on it, there may still be enough power in it to kill you.
In addition, if you don’t handle the magnetron properly, you could release gas from the insulators that is deadly if it enters the lungs.
Finally, if it is a very old microwave that is on its last leg, you might want to consider getting a new one instead of replacing the magnetron.
One other issue that could cause a microwave not to heat is for the thermal fuse to be bad. The thermal fuse detects overheating problems so if it stops working, it may not permit the microwave to run.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Not Starting/Turning On
A problem with your Hamilton Beach microwave not turning on is a huge issue. After all, if it isn’t turning on, it isn’t cooking the food.
The most common reason why a Hamilton Beach microwave will not turn on is that it is not getting power. This could be due to a damaged power cord, a faulty receptacle, or a tripped circuit breaker in the breaker box. Check those items one at a time to determine if there is a problem with the energy source.
If it is determined that a tripped breaker is causing your Hamilton Beach microwave to not start, then it may be an issue that needs to be looked into further. In many cases, if a breaker continually trips, it’s an issue with the items running on it.
In most cases, you would use a circuit breaker that is dedicated to the microwave. Otherwise, you run the risk of overloading the available power, resulting in a breaker that trips.
One other issue that could stop your Hamilton Beach microwave from turning on is the thermal fuse. This interior fuse detects high temperatures in the microwave and shuts things down if necessary.
If the thermal fuse is not working properly, it could signal the microwave to not turn on inappropriately.
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Hamilton Beach Microwave Keeps Beeping
Some people find it annoying when a Hamilton Beach microwave continually beeps. Other people just wonder why it is doing so.
If your Hamilton Beach microwave continues to beep, even when you are not using it, you may need to turn off the unit by unplugging it or switching off the circuit breaker so it can be fixed. Otherwise, you should check the documentation for your model microwave to see how the sounds can be turned off.
Some people don’t realize that a Hamilton Beach microwave will beep multiple times, and that is by design. If you cook something in the microwave and don’t open the door, it may beep every few minutes for a long time to alert you to the potential problem.
There are also times when a Hamilton Beach microwave may beep to alert you that something needs to be handled. If you don’t handle it, it may continue to remind you and that can be a bit of an annoyance.
Sometimes, it’s the fact that you put something in the microwave and you didn’t press the start button. Obviously, having a beeping noise that alerts you to that possibility is something that you would not want to turn off.
Additionally, there may be beeping sounds when an error is occurring and this is something that should also not be overlooked. If any type of error message or beeping to alert you to an error occurs, then it means something requires attention.
The beep on a microwave may be annoying but it is something that most people have become accustomed to. Inappropriate or continual beeping is something different, and that may need to be fixed.
It’s really up to the user to determine if the microwave is beeping for a reason or if it is beeping because something has gone wrong. Appropriate adjustments can then be made to suit the user.
It isn’t always an issue that could cause problems if you don’t take the food or beverage out, it is just a convenience that Hamilton Beach wants you to know not to forget your food.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Keeps Running
If you have a Hamilton Beach microwave that continues to run, even after you shut it off, it’s an issue that should not be overlooked.
One of the most common reasons why a microwave keeps running until the door is open is because the control board has become damaged. You may be able to stop the microwave by opening the door but pushing buttons will not cause it to stop.
On the other hand, if you open the door and the microwave continues to run, that is a huge problem. The same process that cooks the food could actually cook human flesh if it was exposed to it.
The microwave may not cook all of you at the same speed. In fact, radiation tends to have more of an effect on our eyes and our genitals. Those are good reasons to ensure that you never operate a Hamilton Beach microwave with the door open.
If your microwave continues to run after the door is open, unplugged the microwave and leave it unplugged until it can be checked by a professional.
You should also be aware that there is a fan in the microwave that helps to keep it cool. Sometimes, the operating noise you are hearing is a fan and not the magnetometer.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Keeps Shutting Off
When a Hamilton Beach microwave continues to shut off, it can be a real problem. Your food will never cook unless you get it fixed.
Generally speaking, a Hamilton Beach microwave shuts off frequently if it detects excessive heat inside of the unit. This could be due to parts that have high voltage or perhaps you are just cooking a large meal. In either case, the unit may shut down from time to time and run the fan
There are several parts within your microwave that detect high temperatures. Perhaps the easiest to check is the thermal fuse.
The thermal fuse is a type of in-line fuse that monitors the temperature inside of the microwave. If it detects a high temperature, it will disconnect the power and the microwave will shut down.
You cannot fix a thermal fuse but you can test it for continuity with a multi meter and replace it if necessary.
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There are other, similar items in the microwave that could cause it to shut down. These include a thermoprotector and perhaps even a thermometer. If any are not operating properly, the microwave may continually shut down.
Finally, consider the possibility that the door switch is bad. If the door is not shutting, it will not operate.
Hamilton Beach Microwave Keeps Blowing Fuse
Do you find that the fuse for your Hamilton Beach microwave continues to blow? It may be your fault.
A common reason why fuses in a Hamilton Beach microwave continue to blow is that it is not being installed properly. When you install a fuse, it must be seated properly and it must be according to the manufacturer’s directions. Otherwise, you will continue to have problems with it.
There may be other issues that can affect the fuse, including using the wrong type or amperage fuse.
If it is the primary fuse in your fuse box that is blowing, this could be due to too much power going through the fuse at any given time.
How To Reset Hamilton Beach Microwave
Did you make an error when programming your microwave and you need to reset it? This is a relatively easy thing to do.
The Hamilton Beach microwave can be soft reset by pressing the cancel or off button. Each time you press that button, it will back up one step through the process. Eventually, you will be back to where you are just seeing the clock and no further steps can be taken.
Another type of soft reset is to press the off button and hold it for three seconds. Pressing that button and holding it will also unlock any control features that may have been locked accidentally.
If soft resetting the microwave does not work, you may need to hard reset it by unplugging the microwave and leaving it unplugged for a few minutes. The same can also be achieved by switching off the circuit breaker.
Is There A Reset Button On Hamilton Beach Microwave
Like many microwave owners, you may have been looking for a reset button on your Hamilton Beach microwave. Does one exist?
There is no dedicated, built-in reset button on a Hamilton Beach microwave. This was done to keep people from resetting the microwave unnecessarily, as it could cause the unit to wear out quickly. Resetting a microwave on occasion does not harm it but resetting it too often is problematic.
Just because there is not a dedicated reset button does not mean that a button does not exist. In fact, it is the clear or off button, which can be pushed to do a soft reset.
There is also a hard reset function, even though there is no dedicated button for it. You perform a hard reset by disconnecting the microwave from power for a few minutes and then reconnecting again
How To Hard Reset Hamilton Beach Microwave
Do you need to reset all settings in your Hamilton Beach microwave? It can be done by performing a hard reset using the following steps.
The first step in resetting your Hamilton Beach microwave is to disconnect it from power. This can be done by unplugging the microwave or by turning off the circuit breaker. In either case, leaving the power disconnected from the microwave for a few minutes will reset almost everything in the settings.
Sometimes, you may feel as if the microwave was hard reset because the power fluctuated at your home. It may have shut down the microwave but it may still need to be reset if it did not fully power down.
There may also be times when you need to perform a more thorough hard reset of your Hamilton Beach microwave. This is done by unplugging it, waiting 24 hours for the capacitors to discharge, and then plugging it back in again.
How To Reset Clock/Time On Hamilton Beach Microwave
If you need to reset the clock on your Hamilton Beach microwave there is an easy way to do it.
The easiest way to reset the clock on a Hamilton Beach microwave is to unplug the microwave for a few seconds. This will automatically take the clock back to zero so that you can reset the time again.
Fortunately, Hamilton Beach has done a great job of ensuring that we can find our way through the settings because it guides us along the way. It tells us which buttons to push for each step so that the clock can be set appropriately.
If you try to reset your clock and it is no longer working, make sure that you don’t have the kitchen timer feature engaged. Otherwise, it could be a problem with the circuit board.
There may be some rare occasions when a microwave clock simply stops working altogether. This does not happen very often, but it is something that can sometimes be corrected easily.
The microwave clock may be a standalone feature but it may also be connected with the control panel or the button pad. In either case, you will not be able to disconnect one from the other if they come as a single unit.
Sometimes, the only way for you to be able to get the clock working again is if you purchase the entire unit and install it. This can be a problem, especially for an older microwave that is on its way out.
Undoubtedly, having a clock on our Hamilton Beach microwave is more than a convenience. It is something that we rely on, not only to tell the time but to ensure that the food is cooking appropriately.
If the clock is not working, then we may be cooking the food at the proper time but we will not be able to discern that fact without setting a secondary kitchen timer. It’s just an inconvenience that we don’t want to have to do.
Make the decision if the microwave is worth replacing the clock or not. Sometimes, having something small go wrong with a microwave is an indicator that something big will go wrong before long.
If your Hamilton Beach microwave is not working or responding, you should perform a hard reset. Disconnect your microwave from power by unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker. You can then reestablish the power after a few minutes and the microwave is reset fully.