How to make your microwave silent: A complete guide

A noisy  microwave can be very frustrating especially at times when you need a really quiet environment for your specific needs. So in this article I have outlined tips on  how to make your microwave silent.

young woman cleaning microwave

Firstly a microwave cooker uses microwaves for food heating and cooking. These microwaves are produced inside the microwave oven by a device called magnetron which is tube like in nature.

Does a  microwave make your food contaminated?

No, a microwave doesn’t make the food contaminated or radioactive instead it works by making the water molecules in or around the food to vibrate  as the microwaves are reflected within the walls of the oven. This kinetic energy produced by the vibrating water molecules is converted to heat as it is absorbed by the food.

Cooking in the microwave is considered more energy efficient compared to traditional cooking because the food tend to cook faster and the waves do not need to heat any other part of the oven to cook food as in traditional  methods of cooking.  Food is heated directly.

There is also another good side of using the microwave to cook food which is, it doesn’t alter the nutritional values of food more than traditional method of cooking, because water is not added to the food, and food is cooked much faster.

What material can you use to cook food in the microwave? Generally paper, glass, ceramic and certain plastics can be used for cooking food in the microwave. Certain plastics cannot be used because of their low melting property which can be caused by the heat produced by the food.

Generally speaking, the metal materials and the aluminum foils cannot be used because these tend to reflect the microwaves which in turn maybe cause the food not to cook evenly and possibly even damage the magnetron which can be damaged when it is receiving too much microwaves than it is producing. In most cases the manufacturers include what and what materials can be used for cooking the food.

 Different beeps produced from a microwave

Though the beeping sound of any microwave may not be pleasant, there are for good reasons for the beeping which may include

  • Notifying you that your food is ready. Otherwise was no notification sound, we would definitely wait forever for our bowl of door to get heated.
  • When you forget to remove your food. Beeping sound that’s starts when the food is not removed from the microwave immediately after time, intermittent beeping.
  • When pressing each button of the microwave: Either when you are setting the timer you are performing other function using the buttons.

If you want to silence the beeping that comes from your microwave it is very easy to do so. Most modern microwaves come with functions to do this. Try the following proven tips;

How to make your microwave silent

Step 1. Some microwaves come with a ‘sound’ button. Look for this button on the menu of your microwave.

Step 2. On other microwaves, pressing and holding 1 or 0 for at least 10 seconds will put your microwave in the silence mode. These two buttons act as hidden functions on most microwaves.

Step 3. The stop or cancel button on the microwave can also have hidden functions. Pressing and holding either of the buttons can either put your microwave in silence mode or lock you button panel also known as the child lock.

Step 4. If your microwave still doesn’t go in silent mode even after trying out the above tips, you might need to go back to your microwaves user manual. Even if your microwave doesn’t come with the sound or mute button, chances are, there some hidden functions that are explained in your user manual or a combination of keys to mute you microwave.

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If a user manual is something that you can’t find or is missing, you can still get hold of it on the manufacturer’s website. Most manufacturers usually have a database of their user manuals on their website. All you need to do is enter the model name and number of your microwave followed by ‘user manual’ and it will definitely show up in no time.

Step 5. Consider replacing it with a quieter microwave. If your microwave still keeps on beeping, you might like to consider replacing it with a new and quieter microwave. See our pick of a list of quiet microwave we recommend.

I hope the above tips I have given on how to make your microwave silent will help you greatly. However next, I  will discuss other types of noises from your microwave and how to deal with them.

Making your microwave quieter

Besides the beeping sound, sometimes there may be other noises coming from the microwave which maybe too loud. There might be a number of causes for that loud noise coming from your microwave which may include noise that may come from the cooler fan, the driver motor, and the magnetron, Roller guide.

Magnetron. This is a high voltage component of the microwave cook that produces the microwaves.  Sometimes loud and unusual noise coming from the magnetron will mean that it is defective. It may need replacement but I don’t recommend opening up your microwave

cabinet if you are not trained to do so because it is dangerous. It has got capacitors and other components that store high voltage which can cause shock.

Cooling Fan. The cooling fan is a component of the microwave cook that cools down the magnetron. Without the cooling fan a magnetron would otherwise heat up and get damaged. Sometimes accumulation of dust and other particles on the bladed of the can result in the fan producing an unusual sound. You will need to remove the oven cabinet in order for you to access the cooler fan and have it cleaned up.

It not always the dirt calculated bladed that can produce noise, the noise from the cooler fan can also come from the damaged or broken blades, to some substance stuck somewhere within the blades.

Glass tray not properly fitted on the turntable coupler. Noise is also produced then the ovens glass tray is not properly aligned on the turntable coupler.  There can be noise from the friction that occurs between the glass tray and the roller guide. Some times when the rollers on the roller guide and accumulate dust and dirt become greasy and so they can no longer freely roll, they also produce undesirable noise.

FAQS

Can you boil water in your microwave? Yes. But I do not advise to boil water in microwave as it may overheat and erupt from the cup or container violently, if you have an electric cattle use it instead.

When the water of overheated past the boiling point, it does not seem to boil, but any disturbance to it like add a teaspoon of coffee to it may cause it to erupt and possibly cause harm. That is why it is advisable when you want to heat your water in the microwave; you first add any desired substance like sugar to reduce the risk.

Tips on how to use your microwave safely

  • Make sure to regularly clean you microwave, inside and out. There some special microwave oven cleaners that you can use. You can buy them online or at your local supermarket. If you don’t have you can still use your regular kitchen detergent with some water.
cleaning inside microwave
  • Do not overheat water or any liquids beyond the specified time. This reduces the risk of burns. When water for example is overheated, especially from within its water molecules and beyond its boiling point, it does not seem to boil but distance to it can cause it to ‘explode’.
  • Before using the microwave, always make sure the door is closed and it is closed firmly. Do not use a microwave with a door that is damage or somehow bent. If you think the door is OK. Call your local technician to come and have a look at it or consider replacing it with a new one.

Conclusion on how to make your microwave silent

To sum it up all,  we can see that from the above given tips on how to make your microwave silent and on how you can make your microwave quieter, it is clear that it is not something that is hard or complicated to do.  A combination of any two or more of the tips above will even produce greater results. I hope you have enjoyed this article . You may also like to read another article on how to quiet a noisy refrigerator compressor.

Sources

electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/

fda.gov/