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Microwave Makes a Popping Noise

Check the following situations if a popping noise is heard from the microwave oven:
  • Popping sounds are usually attributed to the food being cooked. Food with high fat content will pop and sizzle as it heats up. Covering the container will reduce this noise. Food spills will also cause popping.
  • Pressure builds up in foods with skin, like potatoes,and then skin can pop. Piercing the skin before cooking will prevent this.
  • Do not run the oven empty.
  • Do not leave a cooking probe in microwave unless being used.
  • Check the specific Owner's Manuals to see acceptable cookware. Download a free copy of the Owner's Manual.
  • Make sure that the metal cooking rack is firmly in place and not upside down. The rack is used for multi-level cooking only, no single items.
If the popping noise continues and is not food related or the cavity is damaged GE recommends service.If you would like to schedule a service appointment, please contact GE Consumer Service or schedule a service appointment on-line.