How to Fix the Turntable in a Microwave

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Updated June 27, 2022

You may wonder how to fix the turntable in a microwave if you begin having trouble with yours. In most cases, your repair may be relatively simple, but one issue you cannot fix is a cracked or shattered glass turntable plate. The best microwaves feature replaceable parts, such as the turntable motor, turntable plate, and turntable roller. If you need to replace your turntable motor, you need a screwdriver with the appropriate bit and the replacement part. For help with other microwave repairs, you could learn how to replace a microwave door.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Many issues with your microwave appliance turntable can include, including a squeaky turntable, broken glass plate, and a faulty turntable motor for control.
  • You cannot repair your glass tray, so you need to purchase a replacement if your plate breaks.
  • If you need to replace your turntable motor, you can use a screwdriver and replacement motor.

Repairing the Turntable of a Microwave Oven

Some turntables that squeak or stick may result from buildup on or around your roller guides, so you may need to clean these parts. On the other hand, if your turntable no longer turns, you probably need to replace your turntable motor. Finally, if your glass turntable breaks, do not try to fix it. 

Glass repairs should be handled by experts, though you could order a replacement part from your microwave’s manufacturer. Read on to find out how to repair the turntable motor and clean your roller guide and plate. If you have trouble with chipping paint, you may be interested in how to repair microwave interior paint.

Insider Tip

If you hear squeaking or notice sticking, you may need to clean the inside of your microwave, including the part under the turntable.

Steps for Replacing the Turntable Motor

  • Time to Complete: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: 2/5
  • Tools Needed:
    • Screwdriver
    • Replacement Motor
    • Protective hand coverings (Optional)
  • Steps: 8
  1. Unplug your microwave oven. Always unplug your electronics before beginning repair work due to the microwave’s high voltage power.
  2. Remove the glass tray from inside the microwave to turn it on its side. You may reduce the risk of breaking the glass turntable. You only need to turn it on its side if it’s a countertop product.
  3. Remove the screws from the bottom cover, which hold the panel in place. Be careful not to drop the screws inside the device if you have it on its side when you do so. You may struggle to find them.
  4. Disconnect the wire harness from the motor. If you aren’t familiar with the terminology, this piece contains the wires that connect to the motor, which should be pretty obvious.
  5. Remove the mounting screw or screws. The number of screws vary between products 
  6. Rotate the motor clockwise and pull it out. Do not try to turn it counterclockwise or force it to turn to avoid damage.
  7. Insert the shaft of the new motor into the drive coupling. Be careful to insert it properly and not force it.
  8. Replace your screws and cover. You will need to rotate the new motor counterclockwise. Then, reconnect the wires and reattach the bottom cover.

Steps for Cleaning Turntable Roller Guides

  • Time to Complete: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: 1/5
  • Tools Needed:
    • Dish Soap
    • Hot water
    • Washcloth
  • Steps: 4
  1. Mix the dish soap and hot water, just as you would for washing dishes. You may want to remove the track before wiping down the inside of the microwave.
  2. Place your turntable track in the cleaning solution. For some turntables, you can wash them in the dishwasher instead, but you should always check your user’s manual first. You might easily remove the dirt and germs if you have cleaned it somewhat recently. If they do not come off easily, you may need to soak it for a few minutes.
  3. Use the washcloth to wipe down the inside of the microwave, including under the turntable. Get as much of the food remnants out of the microwave as possible.
  4. Let dry. If you try to use the microwave with the water inside, you could cause other issues and weird sounds to occur. However, this likely won’t cause longterm damage unless you run it for an extended time.

Warning

Unplug your microwave before starting work to avoid shocking yourself.

F.A.Q.S

Can you use the microwave without the glass plate?

You can use the microwave without the glass tray, but you will need to place your food in the center of the microwave and get up and turn the food occasionally. The turntable helps with applying even heat around the food, so without it, you need to work as the turntable to an extent.


Why won’t the microwave turntable turn?

You may have trouble with your turntable motor, which can be replaced. To find out how to check the first how-to section above.


Can a microwave turntable be repaired?

A turntable plate cannot be repaired, according to manufacturers. If your glass turntable breaks, look on the manufacturer’s website to find the appropriate replacement part for continuity with your product.



STAT: Heat 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe container for 3 to 4 minutes. The steam will help loosen up the grime. (source)

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