How to permanently silence your Microwave oven

How to permanently silence your Microwave oven

Microwaves, as practical as they may be on a daily basis, can be excruciating with all those beeps. Here’s how to get rid of it.

The microwave oven is an essential element in a kitchen, it simplifies your life in so many ways. Whether it is heating a small snack, a leftover or even preparing a real meal, the microwave oven often consumes less than turning on the gas stove or the traditional oven. And it gets to work immediately, no need to wait for any preheating.

Unfortunately, something very frustrating about the microwave oven is that it beeps. Non-stop. Again and again. However, it is possible to get rid of these beeps. Here’s how:

One of the most important things to know is that almost all microwave ovens are different. On some models, pressing 1 will start the oven with a 1 minute timer. For others, 1 will be synonymous with 1 second and it will be 0 twice then Start to start a 1 minute timer.

The same goes for how to handle these beeps. Each manufacturer, each model does as they see fit. After the countdown is over, some ovens will beep until you open the door, others will beep only a few times and stop. Some beep every time you press a key.

This all varies widely, but one thing is certain: microwave ovens beep too many. And most of them are very annoying on a daily basis, to put it mildly.

To turn them off, you first need to know how your oven’s mute function works. If there is one. Almost all modern ovens have one.

To mute your oven, start by inspecting the different knobs. The mute function can be identified as a secondary function of a button. Try these different options:

  • Look for a Sound button. Seriously. It might be there from the start, waiting for you to press on it.
  • Press and hold 1 or 0. Some manufacturers give these keys hidden secondary functionality.
  • Keep pressing the Stop or Cancel button. It is possible that a hidden feature is also hidden behind this button.

Keep 1, 0 pressed, Stop or Cancel will either turn off the beeps or activate the child lock – which makes the control panel buttons inoperative -.

If none of that works, check the manual. Even if you don’t have a Sound button, there is no Mute function as a secondary function, and holding down the buttons does nothing, there is still a possibility that this function exists. Maybe it’s a combination of buttons or a sub-menu that’s not at all obvious to find.

If you no longer have the manual, feel free to search for it online, either on the manufacturer’s website or on Google directly. Once you have the document in your possession, search – with Ctrl + F on Windows or Command + F on Mac – for the terms “mute”, “sound” or even “beep”.

And in the event that your oven has absolutely no way to stop these beeps, you will have to keep rushing to get there before the end of the countdown.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.