Panasonic Microwave Troubleshooting

Updated February 21, 2017

For many people, a Panasonic microwave oven is an absolute necessity, and when something goes wrong with this indispensable appliance the goal is to get it back in working order as soon as possible. Some people may be tempted to simply run out and buy another microwave, but before you do that it is a good idea to take some simple troubleshooting steps first. Many common microwave problems are actually quite easy - and inexpensive - to repair.

Microwave Oven Will Not Start

Sometimes a Panasonic microwave oven simply will not start, and when that happens several problems could be at work. In some cases the problem may be as simple as a blown fuse. If your home has recently experienced a power surge, chances are a blown fuse could be the culprit. Simply replace the fuse and try the microwave again. If replacing the fuse does not solve the problem, look next for a misaligned door. If the door is not closing properly, the Panasonic microwave will not start. If the door is misaligned, simply removing it and realigning it should fix the problem.

Problems with the Keypad

Another common problem with microwave ovens is the keypad. The keypad is the nerve centre of modern Panasonic microwave ovens, and when it is not working the microwave can become virtually worthless. Spills are a common cause of keypad problems, so if the keypad is not working it is important to check for residue that could indicate a spill. If a spill is suspected, simply cleaning the keypad thoroughly and allowing it to dry may fix teh problem. It may take a couple of days for the keypad to dry thoroughly after a spill has been cleaned up, so it is important to be patient.

Bugs in the Microwave

One problem you may not have thought of is the possibility of bugs in your microwave. These bugs are not in the circuit board that runs the microwave - they are in the microwave itself. The circuit board of a Panasonic microwave oven provides a nice warm environment, and creepy crawlies can be inexorably attracted to that warmth. If your microwave is experiencing odd problems, you may want to check the oven's interior for bugs.

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