LG Microwave Noise? Here’s What to Do

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LG microwaves come with a range of different features to help you cook your favorite dishes. However, like all microwaves, over time parts can deteriorate or become dislodged, which can cause abnormal microwave noise. The type of noise, location it is coming from, and whether the heat is affected will help to diagnose the issue. If your LG microwave has started making loud or unusual noises, read on to fix the problem.

Most repairs will require Phillips-head and Torx screwdrivers. Leather gloves will also protect your hands if removing the microwave’s casing.

This guide applies to the following LG models:

LMH2016SB

LMH2016SW

LMHM2017SB

LMHM2017ST

LMV1630ST

LMV1680BB

LMV1680ST

LMV1680WW

LMV1683SB

LMV1683ST

LMV1683SW

LMV2073BB

LMV2073ST

LMVM2055ST

LRDM1240B

LSMH207ST

MA1005W

MV1401B

MV1401W

MV1610ST

MV1610WW

Important: Repairing a microwave can be extremely dangerous.

The high-voltage capacitor inside the microwave can store a lethal amount of electricity. Lethal amounts of electricity can remain in the capacitor for an indefinite period. Before accessing electrical components in the microwave, the capacitor must be discharged.

Due to the risk of electrocution, it is recommended that a trained professional be used to repair microwave electrical issues.

Turntable

The first thing to check is the turntable. A thumping or rattling noise is often caused by the turntable plate not being placed in the microwave correctly or because of defective rollers.

  • Check that the turntable plate and roller support are installed correctly.
  • Check the rollers for wear and tear and debris.
  • Make sure you are not overloading the turntable plate.
  • If your microwave has just been installed, check that the tape over the shaft at the bottom has been removed to prevent a squeaky noise.

If the turntable support or turntable plate is damaged, replace it with a new one.

Turntable Motor Coupler

The turntable motor coupler can also deteriorate or become dislodged. The coupler attaches to the turntable motor from inside your microwave (on most models), helping to turn the microwave plate. On other models, you should be able to access the coupler by removing the turntable motor cover beneath the microwave.

  1. Check the condition of the motor coupler.
  2. Replace the coupler if damaged.

Turntable Motor

A grinding sound coming from underneath the microwave indicates the turntable motor is at fault. A noisy microwave that is still heating also indicates a problem with the turntable motor (also the stirrer motor).

You should be able to access the turntable motor by removing the access cover underneath the microwave. If you cannot access it underneath, you will need to remove the microwave casing. Be careful not to lose any screws when unscrewing panels from the microwave.

  1. Disconnect the microwave from the power.
  2. Remove the turntable plate, tray, and support roller from inside the microwave.
  3. Turn the microwave on its side to access the turntable motor cover panel.
  4. Remove the panel to access the turntable motor.
  5. Inspect the turntable motor for damage.
  6. Test the turntable motor for continuity.
  7. If defective, replace the turntable motor.

Cooling Fan

In some cases, the cooling fan inside the microwave may have become dislodged, or debris may be caught in it. This could be causing the fan to clip against another part of the microwave or be causing a rattling sound.

Depending on the model, accessing the fan may require the removal of other components from the microwave. Taking photos before removing these parts will help ensure you remember how to reassemble the microwave. You should always exercise caution when removing parts from the microwave.

  1. Disconnect the microwave from the power.
  2. Discharge the capacitor.
  3. Remove components obstructing access to the fan.
  4. Examine the fan to see if it is spinning freely.

Cooling Fan Motor

If the fan is not spinning freely, the fan motor will likely need to be replaced.

  1. Make sure the microwave is disconnected from the power source.
  2. Examine the cooling fan.
  3. Test the cooling fan motor for continuity with a multimeter.
  4. If defective, replace the fan motor.

Magnetron

The magnetron produces microwave frequencies that cook the food. The typical hum a microwave makes when cooking is produced by the magnetron. A problem with the magnetron will increase that sound. In some cases, it may also emit a high-pitched noise.

Running the microwave on a low power setting, to see if the noise is quieter, will indicate whether the magnetron (or diode) is to blame. Noise at regular intervals while the microwave cooks also indicates a problem with the magnetron. Another indication is if the microwave is noisy and not heating food. Make sure to exercise caution when accessing the magnetron.

  1. Disconnect the microwave from the power.
  2. Remove the top microwave cover to access the magnetron.
  3. Discharge the capacitor.
  4. Test the magnetron for continuity.
  5. If defective, remove and replace the magnetron.

Diode

In some cases, the diode, not the magnetron, can cause microwave noise. Therefore, it pays to check the diode before replacing the magnetron. 

  1. Make sure the microwave is disconnected from the power.
  2. Make sure the capacitor has been discharged.
  3. Test the diode for continuity.
  4. If the diode is defective, replace it.

Stirrer Motor

The stirrer motor powers a metal blade that deflects microwave energy throughout the microwave. If the microwave is noisy but is still heating food, the stirrer motor may be responsible. A grinding noise also indicates a worn-out stirrer motor.

  1. Disconnect the microwave from the power.
  2. Access the stirrer motor from inside the microwave cavity, above the turntable plate.
  3. Remove the stirrer motor cover.
  4. Inspect the stirrer motor. If the blade has become loose or is damaged, it will need to be replaced.
  5. The stirrer motor can also be tested for proper voltage with a multimeter.
  6. Replace the stirrer motor cover when done.

If you have followed this guide but the microwave is still making an unusual noise, contact LG for further guidance.

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