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Sunbeam Microwave Not Working (How to Fix/Reset) 

Microwave ovens are a quick way to reheat leftovers or even cook frozen meals. Some people can even cook other good things in a microwave oven. However, when a Sunbeam microwave oven is not working, it’s nice to know how to reset or fix it. I can help with that. For me, it’s usually an obvious problem that I am simply overlooking, so start with the simple and obvious issues that it could be. When it’s time to get that Sunbeam microwave oven working again, follow these troubleshooting steps.

To fix a Sunbeam microwave that isn’t working, first, ensure the door is closed properly, there is no debris inside, and the plug is securely placed into the AC outlet. Then, ensure it is set correctly. After that, it is simply a matter of troubleshooting. Many issues can be fixed with a soft or hard reset, but other issues require a professional technician.

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It may be as simple as cleaning the microwave oven, shutting the door a little harder, or making sure the plug hasn’t come loose. It could also be that it is set improperly. Try reentering the commands used to heat or cook the food. Next, diagnose using the following troubleshooting steps, and if necessary, consult a professional technician. Microwave ovens are very dangerous pieces of equipment that can kill, even after being unplugged. They should be handled with care, especially when troubleshooting or attempting a repair.

Sunbeam Microwave Not Heating

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Before those leftovers can be reheated, or frozen meals, or anything else, for that matter, can be cooked, a microwave oven must be heating correctly. When a Sunbeam microwave oven is not heating, the issue could be a simple one, or it could be one that’s a bit more complex, like a high-voltage diode, a door frame switch, or the appliance’s magnetron. Start out by doing a bit of sleuthing — here’s what to do if the microwave oven is not heating.

To fix a Sunbeam microwave that isn’t heating, ensure it’s on the correct setting (Is it set to half power? Is it set to cook the food over 90 minutes?). Too, microwaves heat food by heating the water it holds (Is the food too dry to be heated by the microwave?). If none of these is it, unplug it, and 15 seconds later, plug it back in. If this doesn’t help, call a pro.

Some laymen possess the ability to do basic repairs or part replacements on Sunbeam microwave ovens, but most do not. Those who do not have the electrical knowledge, skills, and confidence that go hand-in-hand with quality training should consult a professional because Sunbeam microwave ovens can be deadly if not handled with respect during maintenance and repairs.

Sunbeam Microwave Not Turning On

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Microwave ovens were made to speed up cooking and reheating times, and many today feel they couldn’t do without them, but what happens if the food goes in, the Start button is pressed, and nothing happens? If a Sunbeam microwave is not turning on, I have the fix, and it’s usually quite a simple one. Follow the following troubleshooting steps if the microwave oven is not turning on.

To fix a Sunbeam microwave that is not turning on, ensure the cord is plugged into an AC outlet securely. If there are no loose wires, check the outlet by plugging in something else like a lamp to see if it gets power. The next most common problem is that the door is not shut well. Open and close the door, ensuring nothing is blocking it from closing all the way.

At this point, if there is no success, it’s time to call a Sunbeam representative. They can offer professional guidance or even repair services. Microwaves are dangerous household appliances. Actually, they are probably the most dangerous household appliance of all, and safety should never be taken lightly when troubleshooting or attempting to repair a Sunbeam microwave.

Sunbeam Microwave Not Responding

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All ready to pop some buttery goodness but can’t because the Sunbeam microwave oven isn’t responding at all when the buttons are pressed. It’s aggravating when it’s time to cook something in the microwave but it won’t respond correctly. I can help with this frustrating issue. Here’s how to fix a Sunbeam microwave oven that’s not responding and enjoy that hot popcorn after all.

If a Sunbeam microwave is not responding to the pressing of keys on the control panel, the most common issue is a faulty touchpad. To repair a faulty touchpad on a Sunbeam microwave, the defective main control board must be replaced. Only someone with adequate understanding of how electricity works should try removing and replacing the main control board.

Some may feel confident attempting repairs on their microwave ovens themselves. Be aware, though, that microwave ovens are very potent pieces of electrical equipment. Microwave ovens can still conduct enough electricity to kill someone, even after they are no longer connected to an AC outlet. It is best to consult a professional to repair any issues inside the Sunbeam microwave oven.

Sunbeam Microwave Not Spinning

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Microwave ovens are super handy. However, they are known to sometimes cook unevenly. Something that helps with that issue, though, is a spinning glass plate that comes as part of most microwaves today. When that plate stops working is when there is a big problem. That’s when there is food that’s cold on the edge but burnt in the middle. If a Sunbeam microwave oven is not spinning, here’s what I suggest to get the microwave operational again.

To fix a Sunbeam microwave that is not spinning, start by taking out the glass plate and cleaning the inside of the microwave very well. Oftentimes, debris of some kind is obstructing a component of the turntable. Next, check to see if the tray coupler (small, grooved piece that spins the plate) is damaged. Lastly, your turntable motor may be bad. Call a pro.

Only people who are trained or adequately read and practiced in electricity should try to replace a turntable motor. It requires the use of a multimeter, which isn’t that hard, but microwaves are mortally dangerous. They possess the power to kill for a time, even after they are separated from an AC power source. Microwave oven repair is a job that most often should be carried out by a professional.

Sunbeam Microwave Keeps Beeping

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This article and its contents are owned by Ready To DIY and was first published on 06/04/2022

Busy people are whom microwave ovens were created for, and because they often forget they have even prepared themselves anything to eat, microwaves beep to remind them their cooking time is done. It is a feature that is actually quite handy. Sometimes, though, microwave ovens keep on beeping, and it can get annoying. Here are some reasons why a Sunbeam microwave oven keeps beeping and what to do about it.

To fix a Sunbeam microwave that keeps beeping, first, investigate the cause. Is the door closed properly? Because microwaves are high-radiation devices, there is a beeping alarm if the door is not closed properly. Has there been a power surge? If the outlet is not supplying enough power, an alarm may sound. It could also be a false alarm.

If the door is closed properly, and the outlet is fine, yes, false alarms could be the cause. Sometimes, malfunctions will cause a Sunbeam microwave to “think” the door hasn’t been opened and the food removed after cooking. Other times, it can “think” the door isn’t closed all the way. Closing it with a little more force will often fix the problem, but for other issues, a professional repairman may need to be called. Often, people will attempt to fix microwaves themselves after watching a video on YouTube, but I caution against this. Microwave ovens are extremely powerful and can be quite deadly, even after being unplugged.

Sunbeam Microwave Clock Keeps Resetting

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I like to know what time of day it is, and though it’s not necessary, it can be quite handy to be able to look at the microwave screen and tell what time it is. So, when the clock of a Sunbeam microwave keeps resetting, it can be frustrating. I have some tips on how to go about solving the problem of a Sunbeam microwave clock that keeps resetting. Here’s what needs to be done.

To fix a Sunbeam microwave clock that keeps resetting, first, ensure the clock is set correctly. The next most common issue is brownouts. Also, if the microwave’s power supply, display screen, or control board are starting to go bad, this could cause the issue with the clock resetting repeatedly. In rare cases, it could be how settings are configured.

To set the clock properly, just do this. It’s simple. Sunbeam uses the 12-hour time cycle only. When you plug it in, it begins asking the time. Just press Clock, key in the time, and press Clock again. Brownouts can damage appliances, too, but the most aggravating thing they do is keep resetting the clocks. If one of the microwave’s components is going bad, call a pro. Microwave ovens are dangerous. Troubleshooting is fine but think before attempting repairs.

How to Reset Sunbeam Microwave

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Power outages are frustrating, and I don’t like them because they cause my air-conditioner not to work. They also cause many appliances to malfunction when power is restored. If there’s been a power outage and the microwave isn’t acting normally, it may need resetting. Here’s how to reset a Sunbeam microwave.

There are two ways to reset a Sunbeam microwave called soft reset or hard reset. For a soft reset, press the Clear/Off button and hold for around 5 seconds. For a hard reset, unplug the microwave, and plug in again after at least 3 minutes. Set the time by pressing (Clock > Set the time > Clock).

A soft reset is used when you press the wrong combination of keys when entering cooking commands or when the Control Lock feature has been accidentally activated. If the Clear/Off button isn’t functioning properly, it’s time to use the hard reset. Neither way is hard at all if you follow these steps.

How to Reset Sunbeam Microwave Clock

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This article and its contents are owned by Ready To DIY and was first published on 06/04/2022

Programming a microwave is not that difficult, but without a manual, it can be quite time-consuming and can take a lot of troubleshooting. Whether just getting a microwave or recovering from a power outage, it is sometimes necessary to reset the clock on a microwave. Here’s how to reset a Sunbeam microwave clock.

To reset a Sunbeam microwave clock, first, be aware that some Sunbeam microwaves don’t give the option of a 24-hour military cycle (where 12 am is 2400 hours) but only a 12-hour cycle (where there’s a 12 am and a 12 pm). The first prompt on a Sunbeam microwave is “Enter Clock Time.” Just press (Clock > Set time by pressing the number buttons on the keypad > Clock).

All microwave clocks are set similarly, it’s normally either (Clock > Set time by pressing the number buttons on the keypad  > Clock) or (Clock > Set time by pressing the number buttons on the keypad > Start), or even (Clock > Set time by scrolling entering numbers from the keypad or through scrolling for first the hours, then the minutes, then whether am or pm > [Clock or Start]).

How to Reset the Time on a Sunbeam Microwave

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Not having access to a manual can make programming a microwave quite difficult and time-consuming, and it can get frustrating. Whether the microwave is new or there has been a power outage, it may be necessary to reset the time on a microwave. Here is how to reset the time on a Sunbeam microwave.

To reset the time on a Sunbeam microwave, first, understand that not all Sunbeam microwaves offer the option of a 24-hour military cycle (where 2 pm is 1400 hours) but only a 12-hour cycle (where there’s an 11 am and an 11 pm). The first thing a Sunbeam microwave says is “Enter Clock Time.” Press (Clock > Set time by pressing the number buttons on the keypad > Clock).

It is a similar process, setting all microwave clocks. Usually, it’s either (Clock > Set time by pressing the number buttons on the keypad  > Clock) or (Clock > Set time by pressing the number buttons on the keypad > Start), but it can also be (Clock > Set time by scrolling entering numbers from the keypad or through scrolling for first the hours, then the minutes, then whether am or pm > [Clock or Start]).