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Fact or Fiction: Your Microwave Can Affect Your Wi-Fi

Gerry Vorhees - Thursday, May 24, 2018
Man-With-LaptopHave you ever wondered why you experience problems with your Wi-Fi whenever the microwave is running? There is a connection between your router and microwave especially if they are installed close together.

Most devices that utilize electric signals interfere with each other when used simultaneously. Here are a few ways in which your microwave affects your Wi-Fi connectivity.

What causes interference?

Electromagnetic radiation is the always around us starting with visible light. TV remotes, Wi-Fi, cell phones, microwave ovens, and many other home devices operate on electromagnetic radiation.

Wi-Fi routers and microwave ovens are common home appliances. These devices emit some electromagnetic rays to function efficiently. Your Wi-Fi router emits radio waves while the ovens produce microwaves to heat the food. These waves interfere with each other. The resultant clash of frequencies causes your internet connection to freeze, become slow or intermittent.

Does microwave condition cause interference?

Oven condition causes interference if not maintained. Theoretically, a well-shielded microwave oven never emits these radiations. However, in reality, the metallic boundaries do not restrict all of the electromagnetic waves from escaping.

Often, when interference occurs it shows faultiness in your oven. It is time to consult home appliance technicians to inspect, maintain or repair your microwave. However, you don’t have to wait until your microwave oven affects your Wi-Fi to seek assistance.

What other signs show my microwave oven is faulty?

There are numerous signs that your microwave needs repair or replacement, including:

  • Burning smells, smoke, and sparks
  • Food taking longer than usual to cook
  • Strange sounds when food cooks
  • Microwave doors cracked or broken- leaks radiation.
  • Malfunctioned keypad
  • 10 years of service

What is the solution to Wi-Fi microwave interference?

When your microwave starts to affect your routers and Wi-Fi connectivity, it means radiation is leaking. Contact experienced home appliance experts to inspect your microwave oven. In most cases, they will advise you to either replace, repair or maintain. Radiation leak makes your food cook for long increasing your energy bills and producing burning smells.

For more information about how to maintain your microwave oven to function at optimal levels, contact Appliance Science.

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