We’re all familiar with how loud microwaves can be. Their loud beeping is useful for letting us know when our food’s ready, but can also be more of a hindrance than a help.
Whether you’re quietly trying to heat up a midnight snack, or have a headache and can’t deal with the obnoxious noise, at some point everyone’s wanted to put their microwave on a silent mode.
But that’s just wishful thinking, right?
Well, that might not actually be the case! While this is a little-known fact, many microwaves actually have a mute function that can disable those annoying beeps!
In this handy guide, we’ll teach you how to silence your microwave in just a few simple steps, so you can enjoy some beep-free peace and quiet.
So let’s get started, shall we?
How To Mute Your Microwave? 5 Easy Methods
There are a few different things you can try to silence your microwave.
Not all microwaves function in the exact same way, and not every method will work with every microwave.
You might have to try a few (or even all!) of these tricks before you successfully mute your microwave.
If you’re concerned and want to play things safe, it’s always a good idea to check your microwave’s manual to see if there’s a specific method you need to use.
If you want to get straight into it, though, you can try these 5 simple methods we’ve listed here! You can also review our guide on how to silence a microwave without a sound button which features many of the popular brand names.
Method One: Press The Volume Button
This is by far the easiest way to silence your microwave.
If your model of microwave has a volume button (typically depicted as a speaker icon) you can press this to toggle the volume of your microwave on and off.
Some microwaves have multiple different volume levels that you have to cycle through to reach the mute setting, meaning you’ll have to press the button multiple times.
Press the volume button and then try pressing a different button; if there’s no noise from doing this, then you’ve successfully muted your microwave.
Most microwaves don’t have an explicit mute button, however, so chances are you won’t be able to use this easy trick.
Method Two: Check The Settings
While many microwaves don’t have a dedicated mute button, most have at least some form of settings menu.
Whether this is an on-screen menu using the digital time display or a ‘hidden’ menu navigated without a visual display, if your microwave has a settings menu then it probably has a sound settings menu too.
Navigate through your microwave’s settings until you find the sound settings (this often just toggles the mute function), and switch the microwave’s sound off to prevent those annoying beeps.
Method Three: Hold The Start/Cancel Buttons
Sometimes the mute button can be disguised as something else, and holding a certain button down may make it also function as a mute button.
Don’t start testing every button right away, however – if this is the case, then you can narrow down the most likely buttons to avoid changing a setting you weren’t intending to.
If you did happen to press to many buttons and engage a lock, learn how to unlock child lock on a Panasonic microwave for some tips!
The start and cancel buttons are the most likely buttons to double as a mute function.
Try holding down these buttons one at a time, pressing for around 10 seconds. After holding the button down, try pressing a different button to see if it makes a noise.
Method Four: Hold The Number Buttons
If the start and cancel/stop buttons don’t work, move on to the buttons on the number pad and test each of these.
The same as before, hold down each button in turn for around 10 seconds.
Try pressing a button in between holding each button down to see if there’s any change to the volume of your microwave.
If the microwave doesn’t beep when you press a button after holding it down, then you’ve successfully silenced your microwave.
Method Five: Beat The Timer
If all else fails and there isn’t any way to mute the beeping of your microwave, don’t worry.
Just because there are no settings that can mute your microwave it doesn’t mean that all hope is lost.
When a microwave is opened while cooking, it will automatically pause its cooking as a safety measure.
Coincidentally, in addition to pausing the timer, this also doesn’t set off the alarm on your microwave.
By paying close attention to the timer on your microwave, you can time it so there’s still a few seconds left on the timer to prevent the beeping from going off.
This isn’t a foolproof plan by any means and forces you to keep a close eye on the microwave’s timer, but it is still a great way to cut down on noise if there are no other options at your disposal.
Should I Mute My Microwave?
Okay, so now you know about the how – now let’s take a closer look at the why.
As mentioned before, the loud beeping of a microwave can be incredibly annoying and can even make a headache worse.
The main benefit of muting your microwave is that you don’t have to deal with beeping.
It also cuts down on pressure if you aren’t in a hurry.
Many models of microwaves will repeatedly beep after a short period to remind you that something’s inside, only stopping when the microwave door has been opened.
Silencing your microwave means that you won’t be constantly harassed by the beeping of an impatient microwave.
However, there are some downsides. A microwave’s timer is meant to let you know that it’s finished cooking food.
If you’re trying to prepare a large meal with a ton of ingredients, it’s important to know how long the microwave has been done after it finishes cooking so you can keep track of how your dish is coming together.
There’s also no way to silence the hum of a microwave as it cooks; this is because the electricity powering the inside of the microwave causes it to vibrate and make a humming noise.
Unlike the beeping, which is a controllable noise made by the electronics in your microwave, this humming can’t be avoided, unfortunately.
Overall, however, just use your best judgment and stay safe while you’re using your microwave!
And there you are – now you know a bit more about how to silence a microwave.
While you might have to try a few different methods to figure out which one works for you, once you know how to silence your microwave you’ll be able to sort it out in no time!
So just use these handy methods, and you’ll be able to enjoy some peace and quiet without having to worry about the obnoxious beeping of your microwave.
Give these tricks a shot, and say goodbye to your old loud microwave!
Speaking of saying goodbye, if it’s time to part ways with your appliance, check out our 7 ideas for what to do with an old microwave!
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