Every microwave oven that I used have a loud door. They all open and close with a click/thunk/bang. Why?
I hear you. It drives me nuts. I have found that if I push back with my thumb on the side of the microwave, I can close it with a sliding click. But my wife just absolutely slams the door! It makes me bonkers when I am trying to work on the computer or relax! I think it is because most people, such as my wife and probably all women, want the loud reassurance that the source of possible radiation is shut tight without any leaks! That is the only thing that I can figure. Otherwise, I would put some of those felt cabinet door cushions in there and be done with it.
I agree completely. There has to be something out there to quiet the microwave door. Some strip designed for this purpose. I too am the only male in the house. I use my thumb also to close it quietly. Three females in he house and they all close it hard- BANG! If anyone ever comes across anything or has any ideas please let us know.
Does anyone have a solution for making the microwave door quieter? My bedroom is directly above the kitchen and the microwave drives me bonkers. I already replaced the old microwave with a sharp – with audible noise elmination. (AWESOME) But the door still makes this awful slamming noise. I’m not sure what my roomate does – but aparently making oatmeal takes 3-4 tries in the microwave. So now i’m stuck with SLAM … SLAM … SLAM – instead of SLAM boop boop boop … beep beep SLAM boop boop boop … beeep beep SLAM boop boop … beep beep SLAM!!!
It isn’t women (dumb to even think it is a gender issue, by the way.
I am driven crazzzy with my father and his CLICK, SNAP OPEN. Then: SLAM!,
This part: slow, drawn-out:
BEEP. pause BEEP, pause BEEP pause, BEEP pause, BEEP (20 TO 30 second rubble of micro)–rapid, loud BEEP,BEEP,BEEP, BEEP–long, drawn-out BEEEEPPPP. pause. SNAP OPEN….pause. SLAM!
AND!!!! REPEAT!!!! SOMETIMES TWO OR THREE TIMES—FOR OATMEAL!!!
THIS IS AFTER HE HAS ALREADY BOILED WATER ON THE STOVE WITH THE ENDLESS WHISTLE (OH, YEAH THE KETTLES ON, BETTER GET OVER THERE…)
MADDENING! THIS WAKES ME FROM A DREAMING SLEEP MOST EVERY SINGLE MORNING!
I share everyone’s hatred of this problem and I do have a partial solution: for any microwaves with an open button, hold the button while closing the door, then release the button once it’s closed. It mutes the noise somewhat. Anyone with basic science knowledge knows that there are 3 kill switches on microwaves making it next to impossible to be exposed to the radiation. Also, an expensive solution but my friend just redid her kitchen and installed a kitchenaid convection built in microwave. It has a door that looks like an oven door. It closes up and makes next to no sound. I thought I was in heaven!! The price of the microwave is about $1500.00. If I ever have to buy another microwave my number one requirement will be quiet door operation!
Thank you, thank you, thank you ALL for sharing your thoughts regarding this issue. For some of us, we suffer from a condition called misophonia. It’s an extreme sensitivity to certain sounds. They don’t have to be LOUD sounds either. I hate it when people don’t close their lips before they bite down on something that crunches. Nothing like a mouth acting as an amplifier to the already irritating sound that chewing makes (whatever happened to manners?).
I agree with Jeff’s solution. My ex and I (BTW, this issue is not why she’s my ex used to have one with a button and we tried to teach our son to close it while holding the button down, and it DOES work. However, whenever company comes over, it’s back to slamming!!
Well folks, if I can come up with a resolution to this problem, I’ll certainly post it here.
Couldn’t agree with you more. Microwave latching mechanisms are LOUD….like a bomb going off in a dumpster loud. It’s absurd and something that could be fixed with a little engineering I’m sure. If a manufacturer advertised a “quiet close” microwave door I would buy it in a second, no matter the price.
Also….there are instructional videos on YouTube for removing the speaker that creates that abnoxious beep. You have to open the back casing of your microwave but it can be done safely with screws. You can either (violently rip out) um….remove…. the speaker or you can place some electrical tape over the speaker to dampen the beeps.
And as far as I am concerned, the idiot who thought that an end of cooking cycle reminder beep that happens every minute on the minute until INFINITY should have his head duct taped to a reminder-beeping for two weeks.
I have never once heard the reminder beep and thought to myself, “Oh thank you microwave, I totally forgot that I put something in you just 30 seconds ago. Thank you so much, please continue reminding me every minute until I am 80 years old. ”
Oh the cussing I have unleashed on my microwave. It is a love hate relationship for sure.
It absolutely shits me no end that when I get up in the middle of the night to reheat a cuppa or a hot pack that I know the loud thump clunk of the door closing will resonate through the deepest sleepers eardrums. I have resorted to watching the microwave go towards the end of its cycle and not giving it the pleasure(Ha Ha) of beeping. I simply turn the machine off at the wall switch…….And then I leave the door open.
?what is the logical reason we cannot have a soft lock
So funny. Ok so clunk to open. Clunk to close. Beep beep to start. Uhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh to run. Beep beep beep beep, pause you know what’s next. Clunk clunk. Ouch. It’s turns itself off so what the heck is it warning me for?? Oh danger, danger, your food isn’t burning!! Anyone know of a cheap one that doesn’t do any of that? And by the by, I’m a woman and I close all doors quietly. Sweet!
Glad to know I am not the only one that is driven crazy by the noise of the microwave door! I LOL at the comment above about the roommate that takes multiple tries making oatmeal, seems like the same thing goes on in my house x 3. Somebody could make a fortune by marketing a microwave with a quiet door, there’s no reason the microwave can’t be as quiet as a refrigerator door.
Most microwaves give the option to turn off the beeper or adjust it’s volume, it’s usually right on the front touch pad!