On a Samsung microwave, the SE error code indicates a problem with the touchpad or control board. In most cases, the error is caused by a stuck button or a messy ribbon cable. In extreme cases, the control board may have a defect that can only be rectified by replacing it.
Samsung Microwave SE Error Codes, as the microwave will sometimes turn on by itself when it occurs. If the microwave behaves this way, disconnect the power until the problem is resolved.
Multiple microwave beeps typically accompany the SE error code. This issue may be temporarily resolved by opening and closing the microwave’s door.
Troubleshooting: Issues on Samsung Microwave SE Error Codes
|SE: Key-short error.
|This means that a key is stuck on the microwave touchpad, or the ribbon cable that connects the touchpad to the control board is dirty and needs to be cleaned or replaced.
|Try restarting the microwave. If that doesn’t work, you can try cleaning the ribbon cable with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. If the error code persists, you may need to replace the touchpad or control board.
|UE: User interrupted.
|This means that the microwave was interrupted during a cooking cycle.
|To clear the error code, simply press the start button again.
|This means that the microwave has overheated.
|To clear the error code, allow the microwave to cool down for at least 30 minutes before using it again.
|PE: Power supply error.
|This means that there is a problem with the microwave’s power supply.
|To clear the error code, unplug the microwave from the power outlet and plug it back in. If the error code persists, you may need to replace the microwave’s power supply.
|FE: Fan error.
|This means that there is a problem with the microwave’s fan.
|To clear the error code, unplug the microwave from the power outlet and plug it back in. If the error code persists, you may need to replace the microwave’s fan.
Due to the high-voltage capacitor contained within the microwave, repairing it is more dangerous than repairing other household appliances.
Even after the microwave has been disconnected from the power for several months, the high-voltage capacitor can store a lethal amount of electricity. Discharging the capacitor is necessary to access internal electrical components safely.
Depending on the type of microwave and the extent of your microwave repair knowledge, it may be possible to repair the control panel or control board without touching the high-voltage capacitor’s components; however, you would risk electrocution.
TO DISCHARGE THE HIGH-VOLTAGE CAPACITOR
The capacitor can be discharged by touching the positive and negative terminals of the capacitor with a metal screwdriver blade.
You must protect yourself from electrocution while simultaneously touching the terminals with the metal blade. You could use either a screwdriver with a flat edge and a rubber handle or needle-nose pliers with rubber handles.
TRY A RESET
Before trying the solutions below, reset the microwave to see if that resolves the error. Disconnect the microwave from power for 60 seconds to reset it.
If the error code was caused by a glitch, resetting the microwave should restore regular operation. However, if the error code reappears, use the guidance below to diagnose and resolve the issue.
CLEAN THE TOUCHPAD / CONTROL PANEL
Sometimes, the SE error code is caused by a soiled control panel that prevents the control board from detecting button presses. Cleaning and drying the control panel may resolve the issue.
STUCK KEYS / FAULTY TOUCHPAD
A stuck key or a malfunctioning touchpad frequently triggers the SE error code. The touchpad of the microwave is a membrane switch, which consists of two flexible layers of Mylar plastic with conductive coatings on the facing sides.
When you press a button on your microwave’s keypad, the two surfaces come together, closing the circuit and sending a signal to the control board.
The conductive coating on the membrane switch can degrade over time, especially on frequently used keys. Using a multimeter, you can test the control panel and touchpad; however, you will need the wiring diagram and the ability to interpret the multimeter readings. If the touchpad is the source of the SE error code, it should be replaced.
DIRTY RIBBON CABLE
Before replacing the touchpad, clean the control board’s ribbon connector. Frequently, cleaning the ribbon cable corrects the SE error code. Using rubbing alcohol and a pencil eraser, one can clean the ribbon cable (see instructions below).
DEFECTIVE CONTROL BOARD
If neither the touchpad nor the ribbon cable is the source of the SE error, the control board is likely faulty and must be replaced. The control board of the microwave receives input signals from the touchpad.
The control board then sends signals to the relevant microwave components based on the input signals. If the control board does not respond to signals from the keypad, this indicates that the control board is faulty.
Damage to the control board can be visually inspected. If the control board has burn marks, corrosion, or frayed wiring, it will likely need to be replaced. A multimeter can also determine if the control board needs to be replaced.
However, a multimeter test for a control board is more complex than a typical one. Like the touchpad, you will require a wiring diagram and the ability to interpret multimeter readings. Most repair services recommend replacing the control board rather than attempting to repair it because it is difficult to test and repair.
TO CHECK THE TOUCHPAD, RIBBON CONNECTOR, AND CONTROL BOARD
On most microwaves, the touchpad is integrated into the front control panel; if the touchpad is defective, the entire panel must be removed and replaced.
- Don’t forget the safety warning. Avoid the risk of electrocution by discharging the high-voltage capacitor, which may contain lethal amounts of electricity.
- Unplug the microwave from its power supply.
- Access the mounting screw for the control panel. The mounting screw’s accessibility will vary depending on your microwave type. You may have first to remove the grille or the microwave’s casing.
- Unscrew the mounting screw for the control panel.
- Before disconnecting the cables, photograph how the control board connects to the main control board.
- Before detaching the control panel, it is necessary to unscrew the grounding wire and disconnect the control board’s cables. Some of the cables can be removed by gently pulling them upwards, while others may have a locking tab that must be squeezed to release the cable.
CHECK THE RIBBON CABLE
The ribbon cable is one of the wires that must be disconnected after accessing the control panel.
- Pull up the release lock near the circuit board to disconnect the ribbon cable, then pull out the ribbon cable. Remember the location of the red stripe on the ribbon cable to ensure proper reconnection of the cable.
- Use a pencil eraser to rub the ribbon cable’s connectors. Additionally, some rubbing alcohol can be applied to the connector to aid in cleaning.
- Cleanse the connector.
CHECK THE CONTROL BOARD
- Remove the control board screws from the control panel.
- Depending on the microwave, the retaining tabs may need to be depressed before removing the control board.
- Examine the control panel for any signs of damage.
- The control board should be cleaned with compressed air and dry cloth.
After cleaning the ribbon connector and control board, reconnect the microwave’s cables and reassemble them. If the SE error persists, the touchpad or control panel must be replaced.
If the SE error persists, the main control board must be replaced. It is recommended that a trained professional replace the touchpad or control board due to the safety risk and complexity of the testing and repair.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I fix my Samsung microwave’s error code?
Disconnect the electricity for sixty seconds. Sometimes, an error code is caused by a faulty control board, meaning the microwave may normally function. Power disconnection resets the control board and clears any error codes (mainly caused by a glitch).
What does the error code SE on my Samsung microwave indicate?
“Sensor Error” is what the Samsung microwave error code SE indicates. This indicates that your humidity sensor has experienced a shortage and must be replaced.
What does e11 mean on the Samsung microwave?
The Gas Sensor notified the control board of an issue. There may be an issue with the Gas Sensor or its wiring.
What does e1 on a microwave indicate?
The device was unable to connect to the router. There may be an issue due to a connection timeout, a weak signal, a faulty router, the Wi-Fi Module in the appliance, or the associated wiring.
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