How to Set the Clock on a Whirlpool Microwave

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Setting the clock on your Whirlpool microwave is essential to being able to use the timed cooking functions. The clock also keeps the microwave display showing the correct time of day when not in use. Follow this simple guide to set the time on your Whirlpool microwave quickly and easily.

Why Setting the Clock is Important

Setting the correct time on your Whirlpool microwave is crucial for several reasons:

  • Cook times – Microwave cook times and presets rely on an accurate clock setting. Incorrect cook times can lead to undercooked or overcooked food.
  • Defrost settings – Defrosting frozen foods depends on the microwave knowing the correct time to calculate defrost durations.
  • Kitchen organization – Having the right time displayed makes it easy to coordinate kitchen tasks and track cooking times.
  • Scheduled cooking – Many Whirlpool microwaves allow programming future cook times. This requires an accurately set clock.
  • Clock as reference – When not in use, the microwave clock serves as a convenient time of day reference in the kitchen.

Keeping the Whirlpool microwave clock up to date takes just seconds but is vital for microwave operation and kitchen organization.

Accessing the Clock Setting

The clock setting function may be accessed a couple different ways depending on your specific Whirlpool model:

  • Open Door Method – Press the OPEN/CLOSE button on the control panel first. Then select CLOCK.
  • Direct Clock Button – Some models have a dedicated CLOCK or SET CLOCK button directly on the control panel.

Consult your microwave’s user manual to determine the best way to access clock settings.

Step-by-Step Clock Setting Instructions

Once you’ve accessed the clock setting mode, the steps to actually set the time are straightforward:

  1. Enter Time – Use the numeric keypad to input the current time. Enter the hour by pressing the hour digits, then the minutes. For example, for 3:30 PM press: 3 3 0.
  2. Select AM or PM – Press either the AM or PM button on the control panel. This toggles the time setting to AM or PM.
  3. Save Setting – After entering the complete time, allow the microwave to sit for a few seconds without pressing any buttons. The setting will then save automatically.
  4. Verify Correct Time – Check that the correct time now displays on the microwave screen before resuming normal use.

Below is a quick video demonstrating the basic Whirlpool microwave clock setting process:

Some Tips To Help the Clock Setting Go Smoothly

  • Have the correct current time ready before starting.
  • Use the numeric keypad, not instant start buttons, to enter the digits.
  • Make sure AM/PM is set properly.
  • Wait several seconds before relying on the new setting.

That’s all there is to it! Just enter the digits, select AM/PM, wait briefly, and confirm the new clock time is correct.

Troubleshooting Clock Setting Issues

Occasionally, you may encounter problems getting the Whirlpool microwave clock to set properly. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Check power source – Make sure the microwave is plugged in and has power. The clock won’t function without consistent power.
  • Reset or reconnect – For digital control panels, disconnecting power or resetting the device can fix glitches.
  • Try again – Sometimes entering the time a second time is needed for it to stick. Repeat the time entering process.
  • Manual override – If the automatic time save isn’t working, try pressing START after entering the time to force a manual save.
  • Battery replacement – If the time quickly resets, it likely means the internal backup battery needs replacing. Contact Whirlpool support.
  • Get support – For persistent issues, call Whirlpool customer support for troubleshooting help at 1-866-698-2538.

Getting the clock set correctly is essential for maximizing all your Whirlpool microwave’s functionality. Following this guide and troubleshooting tips will have the time set and displayed accurately.

Frequently Asked Questions

What buttons do I use to set the clock?

Most Whirlpool microwaves require first pressing OPEN/CLOSE or CLOCK. Then use the number keys to enter the digits. Finally press AM/PM to select the proper time setting.

Why does the clock keep resetting to 12:00?

If the time reverts to 12:00 after setting, it likely indicates the internal backup battery has died. This battery maintains the clock setting when unplugged. Replacing this battery will fix the issue.

Do I need to set the clock for the microwave to work?

The microwave can still cook without the clock set. However, you won’t be able to use timed or auto cook functions without the correct time entered.

What happens if the clock is set incorrectly?

An inaccurate clock time will lead to incorrect cook times on timed settings. Defrost times and auto menus may also not operate properly without the right clock time.

My microwave clock flashes, what does this mean?

A flashing : in the clock display indicates that the time of day has not yet been set. Follow the instructions to enter and save the current time.

Can I remove the clock display from my microwave screen?

Unfortunately there is no way to completely remove the clock from the display screen on most models. Disconnecting power when not in use will clear the display.

Setting the clock is a basic task that makes full use of a Whirlpool microwave’s functionality possible. Refer to your specific user manual for any variations. And contact Whirlpool customer support with any persistence clock setting difficulties. Following the steps outlined will have your microwave clock accurately set and displayed in just seconds.

By Rosie Elliott

I’m Rosie. I’m a professional chef with experience in Western, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisine. I’ve been cooking for over 15 years, and I have two daughters that keep me busy!

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