Why your Microwave Taking a Long time to Heat (6 Reasons)

Is your microwave set to full power and yet it is taking an unusually long period to warm or cook your favorite meal?

Might it be a setting or type of food that is being prepared?

Fortunately, in many cases, you may be able to fix this yourself without engaging the services of a qualified microwave technician if your microwave is out of warranty.

This post lists the common reasons why your food may be taking longer to prepare and what you can do about it.

What to Do if your Microwave is Heating Slowly?

If your microwave appears to be cooking slower than usual, check:

#1. That the microwave power level is set to the recommended level. Is it set to a low power setting yet the recommended power level is medium power?

As simple as it may seem, it is a key factor that determines how fast a meal will warm or cook.

#2. Check whether you have the smaller lower power microwaves. The smaller 600 -700w microwave will take longer to cook even at full power compared to a microwave with a maximum power output of 1,200 watts.

#3. Is the microwave receiving enough power from the electric circuit? Is it connected to a dedicated circuit or shared circuit?

If there is an appliance with a heavy current draw connected on the same circuit as the microwave, the power available to the microwave might be lower than required causing the microwave to take longer to cook.

#4. Are you using microwave-safe cookware? Be aware that some types of stoneware may not be suitable for cooking in the microwave as they can absorb most of the energy with little or no energy available to cook the food extending the cooking time of the meal.

Always check whether the microwave dish is suited for use with a microwave.

#5. Are you cooking large portions? Recommended cooking times vary according to the size and quantity of food being prepared.

You may have to prepare smaller portions at a time to speed up the cooking time.

#6. Make sure that the food is completely thawed or else the cooking time will be longer.

If you’ve checked and ruled out the above 6 possible causes and the microwave still takes a long time to heat then you should contact qualified microwave support technician.

Final Thoughts

If your microwave is taking longer to heat, it may not necessarily be a fault with the microwave itself.

It might have to do with the microwave power level of the microwave, size of portions of food being prepared, cooking ware used or whether the food is thawed or not.

Do not hesitate to contact a qualified microwave technician for support.

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