The typical cost to repair a microwave is $50 to $400
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What microwave parts tend to fail?
Four parts fail more than any others on microwave ovens:
- The control panel or touchpad — Nothing you do has an effect; the microwave returns no responses or nonsensical ones
- The magnetron — Your food is not hot after the microwave "operates," because the magnetron is not producing heat-penetrating microwaves
- The transformer — Your microwave may start and stop
- The door switch — The safety lockout sends faulty signals to the control panel, causing the microwave oven to intermittently cut out
Three additional parts are also common culprits, but not so often as the above: fuses, fan motors and a tray that fails to rotate.
All these repairs involve diagnosing the trouble spot, carefully removing the old part and replacing it with a suitable working part.
How much does microwave repair cost?
Microwave repair costs range from $120 to $147, with an average cost of $133 as of 2013. A service call charge can go as high as $75.
For such as small footprint in most people's kitchens, a microwave oven is dense with parts. The interconnected systems depend on signals from the control panel, but since they generate potentially dangerous microwave radiation, microwave ovens include safety switches on door latches that shut down the microwave if the door is forced open during operation. Homeowners do not usually notice the particular part that stops working, they notice that the microwave either does not operate at all or does not heat food properly.