How to Silence a Microwave – Or Make It Quieter

Whether trying out new recipes on the weekends or reheating the leftovers on a “Tuesday midnight”, microwaves are your go-to kitchen appliance. While they consume less energy than gas burners, microwaves are an efficient substitute for conventional ovens – since you don’t have to preheat the chambers before starting a baking recipe.

Nevertheless, the constant beeping noise is always a major turnoff. Be it the keypress chimes, beep alarms at the end of a cooking session, and reminder beeps at each minute afterward – everyone feels the need to silence a microwave or make it quieter, sooner or later. If you want to quell the beeps or muffle the grinding noise that couples with microwave cooking, this guide encompasses everything you need to know.

If you want to silence a microwave or make it quieter, look for an audio button or settings option on the microwave. In case there’s no mute option, try out the number keypad to access the control panel. Refresh the sensors using the quick-break method or carry out a hard reset to activate the silent mode. 

Before You Begin – Diagnose the Problem

Microwave beeps are annoying to the ears, especially when you’re immersed in perfecting your recipe. As CNET suggests, you can hit the mute button to shut down the microwave times, but what if it continues to beep after that? If you’re dealing with abnormal beeping, it’s time to carry out a quick diagnostics to figure out what methods to try:

Examine the microwave beeping – Microwaves are supposed to stop beeping when you take the food out, but if the beeping continues, you are dealing with a glitch. It means the microwave hasn’t recognized that you have taken the food out. 

Open and close the microwave door to see how the beeping responds – Microwaves are equipped with sensors that recognize when you open and close the door. However, sometimes when you close the door softly, the sensors fail to register it, leading to a continuous beeping. Try closing the door forcefully several times to stop the beeps. 

Make sure the microwave has a steady power inflow – Microwaves are one of those appliances that are deeply affected by fluctuations in power supply and involuntary blackouts. Ensuring a steady flow of electricity will enable your appliance to operate smoothly. 

Why Does a Microwave Keeps Beeping? – 4 Apparent Reasons

Most people struggle to identify why their microwave keeps beeping even after taking the food out or pressing the mute button. Below are the possible reasons for unusual microwave beeping:

Involuntary Power Surges

As discussed earlier, microwaves require a smooth current inflow inside a certain threshold. Any surge or deficit in the power inflow can disrupt the electromagnetic waves. The shortfall of the wavelength underheats the food and triggers the automatic safety alarm, sending out loud beeps to alert.

Child Lock Feature Activation

As we all know, microwaves can be fatally detrimental if handled the wrong way. Modern microwave ovens are equipped with a child lock feature that primarily prevents children from tampering with the appliance’s features. 

The lock usually activates when you hit specific keys haphazardly. This also pushes the oven to beep loudly as an alerting mechanism. Press the stop-reset button three times to deactivate the safety alarm.

Non-Scheduled Timer

Being occupied with kitchen chores often makes people forget to set the timer when inserting food. Since microwaves don’t operate without a specific timer, they produce frequent beeps to notify you. To silence the beeps, set an appropriate timer to heat the food. 


If you’ve been using the microwave for quite some time or have put solid food inside, there’s a high risk that it might overheat. Since an oven heats the food through vibrations of liquid molecules, heating food with a more solid content might overheat the microwave. If the temperature inside exceeds the danger level, it will set off a constant beeping alarm. 

Ways to Silence a Microwave

Making a microwave quieter isn’t as challenging once you diagnose what’s causing the noise. But sometimes, the beeping and grinding noises could indicate a deeper problem. Being a DIY enthusiast, you might consider tackling the issue yourself, even if it involves opening the microwave. But it isn’t as simple as it appears. 

Unlike other home appliances, microwaves rely on high-frequency electromagnetic radiation and voltage inflow, making them hazardous to repair without professional help. You tamper with one wrong component, like a magnetron, and you might cause an electric fire. 

Unless you are a professional technician or have experience repairing home appliances, avoid repairing your broken over-the-range microwave at home. Nevertheless, there are some ways to make your microwave quieter that doesn’t involve as much risk and will potentially put an end to the beeps and grinds. 

Carry Out a Quick-Break Routine

Most microwave beeps are either caused by a glitch or inaccuracy of the sensors, which could result in turbulent beeping. If the microwave sensors detect something inside, even though it’s empty, they probably need a quick break and resetting. 

Performing a quick cooking session will be an effective way to start, but you need not place a dedicated food item inside. A simple glass of water with some grains of sugar or salt will do the job – make sure the glass is microwave-safe. 

Microwave the glass of water for 30 seconds at a high temperature until it converts into steam. The built-up steam inside the oven will soak up the embedded sensors, impelling them to stop the incessant beeping. 

Put the Microwave on Silent Mode

While it may not be advertised as expressively, many microwave brands are embedded with a silent mode feature that allows you to mute all beeping sounds. Let’s discuss different ways to initiate the silent mode on your microwave oven:

Press the Sound Button

Since most people use microwaves to preheat the leftover food, they hardly ever pay attention to the “extra” buttons on the keypad. If you notice, you will see a “mute” option beside the numeric buttons. Pressing the button will quiet all beeping sounds associated with different functions. The mute buttons are usually found on Breville microwaves, which put the oven on silent mode. 

Access the Settings Menu

In case your microwave lacks a dedicated mute button, you can adjust the sound through the settings menu – although the option is limited to high-end microwaves. LG microwaves feature a “settings” button on the keypad, which pulls up the volume control settings when pressed. You can then press 1 or 2 to turn the sound on and off, respectively.

The Panasonic microwave silent mode is accessed through the “prog” button. Press the prog button once, then press the “0” twice to silence the beeps. Lastly, save the sound settings by pressing the prog button again. 

Try Out the Numbers Pad

For microwaves that do not have specific mute buttons or settings control options, use 0, 1, or 2 to adjust the beeping noise. To mute the beeps, press and hold numeric buttons for 5 seconds. Now, close the door to check if it still beeps or not. Microwaves by insignia use “8” to turn off the beeping sounds. 

Initiate the “Start” or “Cancel” Method

Microwave models that feature a dial to set the timer, instead of the number keypad, might rely on “start” or “cancel” options to quiet the beeps. The process is simple; open the microwave door, then press and hold one of these buttons for 5 – 10 seconds. 

In the case of Frigidaire models, press and hold the “start time” option for around 6 seconds. If you have a different brand model, consult the manual for instructions.

Execute a Hard Reset

If your microwave is beeping incessantly even when there’s no food inside, adjusting the sound through settings or performing quick breaks may not prove fruitful. A hard reset is the most appropriate solution to end the beeping in such cases. 

Unplug the microwave from the main power outlet and wait 5 – 10 minutes before plugging it back in. The hard reset will most likely put the modes and sensors of the microwave to their original state, initiating the silent mode.

Is It Okay to Turn off the Microwave Beeping?

Microwave beeps confirm user inputs and alert them when the food is ready or in case of an emergency. However, the continuous beeps a microwave produces every time you interact with it – set the timer or adjust the modes – feel like a nuisance. Turning off the beeping sounds is okay in the following scenarios:

– In rush situations when you don’t have time to wait for the beeps. Instead, you can pull open the door when you feel it’s completely heated. 

– When everyone is sleeping at night, you’d want your microwave to be silent and not wake anybody else. 

– If you have pets or toddlers at home, you’d prefer a silent microwave so it doesn’t startle them every time you insert an input. 

People Also Asked

Let’s answer a few frequent questions, before we wrap up the article:

How do I know if my microwave has silent mode?

For starters, consult the user manual to know where all the controls all. You can also check the appliance’s control panel for buttons or try pressing the numeric buttons to see if the beeping stops or not. If nothing works, review the online forums related to your microwave brand. 

How to silence a Whirlpool microwave?

Whirlpool microwaves have dedicated audio buttons to turn the beeping sounds on or off. Press and hold the button for three seconds to activate the silent mode.