There are times when you will need to reset your microwave. Sometimes, it isn’t functioning correctly and a reset can correct the problem. A reset will clear the control board and, hopefully, allow a non-functioning microwave to work.
Three ways exist to reset the LG microwave. Ways include doing a program reset, a sensor reset, a door reset, and a hard reset. The type of reset you do depends on the problem you are encountering.
Read further to decide what you need to do to fix problems with your LG microwave.
How to Reset the Cooking Program?
You put your food in the microwave and hit a program button for heating but nothing happens. This is a time to first try to reset the program.
Resetting the program is simple. Hit the stop or clear button. You can also open the door and shut it again as that something will clear the display where you can try to use a cooking program.
Sometimes, the child lock gets pressed by mistake. This is common if none of the keypads are working. To fix that, press and hold the start or enter button for four seconds. An “L” indicator for “lock” that you can see will disappear. If the icon instead suddenly appears, then you are activating the child lock.
Go through the process again to deactivate it.
How to Reset the Sensors?
Microwaves have a ton of sensors today that monitor and control everything it does. These sensors can get out of whack over time. A sign they aren’t functioning properly is if your food is not as hot as usual or if the fan isn’t acting as it normally does.
A way to fix this is to get a cup of water and put a teaspoon of sugar in it. Put the cup of water and sugar in the microwave and cook for 15 to 20 seconds. That can reset the sensors.
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How to Do a Door Reset?
Many problems microwaves have today are because of the door sensors. Door sensors can lose contact and cause issues. You may need to get them replaced but can try a door reset before going to all the trouble.
LG microwave owners calling customer support with power issues were told to slam the door 10 times to reset everything. The slamming, though odd, worked and the microwave operated as normal afterward, according to the consumers.
How to Do a Hard Reset?
When all else fails, you can do what is called a “hard reset” on your microwave. A hard reset will completely clear all errors and the control board.
A hard reset is when you take the plug out of the wall socket. Let it sit for about three minutes and then plug it back in.
It will be obvious the microwave is reset because the clock will also be cleared. You will need to reset the clock and the date if your microwave displays the date.
You will need to use this reset when your microwave displays an error. It is typically the first thing you do when there is an error because it can clear it and get your oven working again. However, it is the last thing you want to do when you don’t see an error.
It won’t hurt your microwave but the other methods will work as well or better in those other situations.
Other Times to Do a Hard Reset
There are times to do a hard reset. Most of those will happen while your microwave is being repaired because it will need to be unplugged to test components or replace them.
You should also do a hard reset if the power goes out. Pull the plug from the outlet if the power goes out so an electrical surge won’t damage it when the power comes back on. Reset the clock when you plug the oven back in after getting power.
In reality, resetting your microwave is similar to how you reset your computer will it goes awry. You turn your computer off and back on. This is doing the same thing.
How to Test a Microwave?
Testing a microwave is always advisable after you’ve reset it or after a repair is made. You can reset an LG microwave by taking a cup of water and heating it in the microwave for 60 seconds. Check and see if it’s hot.
Those that had trouble with how the oven is heating or the evenness of heat should put in two cups of water and space them a little bit apart in the oven. Cook the two cups, mugs, or bowls for one to two minutes. Check to see if both are equality hot. Be cautious, the water will be boiling.
How to Troubleshoot an LG Microwave Oven?
You can easily troubleshoot an LG microwave that isn’t working by implementing some simple steps. First, look at your electrical fuse box to see if the appliance tripped a circuit breaker. Flip the circuit breaker and see if your appliance works.
The outlet switch may also need to be reset. There are red buttons around your home. Find an outlet with a red button in the middle of it in your kitchen. That will control your kitchen outlets. Press the button and see if the microwave works.
Check to see that your oven is plugged in correctly to an outlet. Sometimes, the cord can wiggle loose from the outlet. Press it in firmly.
Finally, find the internal lightbulb. It should be screwed in properly. You will want to turn it to make sure it hasn’t come loose. Also, check to make sure it isn’t defective. You will be able to tell if it’s burned out like any other lightbulb.
Is there a reset button on an LG microwave?
No, the LG microwave doesn’t have a reset button. The stop or clear button will reset the program. You will need to unplug it and plug it back in to completely reset it.
Which LG microwave is the top product?
LG’s top product is the LG 32 L Convection Microwave Oven. It has one-touch cooking that allows you to cook anything you want. That includes stewing, browning, and baking. It will even grill.
Upper-end microwaves will cost more than simpler ones. Most microwaves cost an average of $100 but premier versions can cost as much as $500.
How much does it cost to fix a microwave?
It depends on the parts required for the fix. On average, most microwave repairs cost between $50 to $100.
When do I need to call the support center?
You should call the support center when you’ve tried all the basic methods of resetting your microwave and nothing works. Be sure to have your model and serial number ready for the representative. Also, have your warranty information ready in case you need to use it.
The Endurance of a Microwave
Microwaves typically last for about seven years and solid brands like LG can last longer. Your microwave can last a long time if owners do a few things along the way.
The best thing you can do is keep the microwave clean. It is unbelievable how much grease, grime, and food can collect in crevices, door switches, turntable mechanisms, and other elements of the appliance.
This can, over time, cause some components to malfunction. Give it a good wipe down regularly with a mild cleanser to keep debris from collecting.
Be sure to have your microwave serviced as the owner’s manual stipulates according to the schedule. Most microwave parts are cheap and can be easily replaced as they get close to wearing out. Some microwave parts are plastic and will break. It’s better to replace them as they wear out rather than wait until they break.