Microwaves are an essential appliance in most households and are relied upon for their convenience and speed in heating food and drinks. However, if your microwave suddenly trips the breaker, it can be frustrating and leave you without an important tool in your kitchen. In this blog, we will explore some of the common reasons why your microwave may be tripping the breaker and what you can do to fix the problem.

  1. Overloading the Circuit: One of the most common reasons why microwaves trip the breaker is due to an overloaded circuit. This can happen if you are using multiple high-powered appliances at the same time, such as a toaster oven and a coffee maker, in addition to the microwave. To resolve this issue, you can try unplugging one of the appliances and see if the breaker stays on.
  2. Faulty Wiring: If the wiring inside your microwave is damaged or has frayed, this can cause a short circuit that trips the breaker. To resolve this issue, you will need to have an electrician inspect the wiring and make the necessary repairs.
  3. Defective Microwave: If the breaker continues to trip even when no other appliances are in use, it could be an issue with the microwave itself. The issue could be a result of a damaged control board, a malfunctioning door switch, or a faulty fan motor. In this case, you will need to have the microwave repaired or replaced.
  4. Outdated Circuit Breaker: If your microwave is tripping the breaker, it could be due to an outdated circuit breaker that can no longer handle the amount of current being drawn by the appliance. To resolve this issue, you will need to have a qualified electrician upgrade the circuit breaker.

Unsure what to do? It’s best to call us to get one of our qualified electricians out to diagnose and repair the problem. Keeping your microwave in good working order will ensure that you have a reliable and convenient appliance in your kitchen for years to come.