How To Set Clock On Hamilton Beach Microwave [Simple Steps] | Kitchen Item Review (2023)

Setting the clock on your microwave can help you get the time on your way out the door or when your phone isn’t accessible. It’s a simple feature in microwaves that have been around as early as the 1930s.

Losing power on your microwave may mean that the right time is no longer displaying on your microwave. You need to reset the clock. It’s a simple 1-minute task. You just need to push a few buttons.

Press the clock button once or twice when the microwave is in standby mode, type in the time with number pads, and confirm by pressing START+30 SEC pad.

Read on to learn how to set clock on Hamilton Beach Microwave in more details.

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How To Set Clock On Hamilton Beach Microwave – Easy Step-By-Step Guide

Hamilton Beach is a common microwave brand in America and also in other countries. Although, a lot of models are available, setting the clock is the same for most models as it’s pretty basic. So, you should be good to follow this guide.

Step 1: Set To 24 Hours Or 12 Hours

Start when your Hamilton Beach microwave is in Stand-by mode. To set the clock first you need to press the Clock button.

The clock button is marked as no. 5 in the picture of the microwave model P100n30AP S3B.

Press the button once to set the clock to a 12-hour setting and press it twice to set the clock to a 24-hour setting.

Step 2: Type in The Time

You now simply need to press the number pads to type the current time into the microwave. For a 24-hour clock, suppose you want to set the time to 8 o’clock at night, that is 20:00. You’ll press 2 first then press 0 thrice. Your set time will appear on the display.

In the 12-hour clock setting, you don’t have to worry about AM or PM as there’s no way to set that. These microwaves only show the digits, not whether it’s daytime or night.

Step 3: Confirm The Change

Find the button on the bottom right side of your microwave’s keypad. It’s marked as 12 in the image. Pressing the START+30 SEC button will confirm the time.

Now, whenever you want to check the time on your microwave, all you need to do is press the clock button. The current time will be on view then.

Note: Here’s a video on how to set clock on microwave to guide you through the process.

How To Set The Kitchen Timer On Hamilton Beach Microwave

Setting the kitchen timer is also a basic function of a microwave and it’s pretty easy to do. You can do it both in standby mode or when cooking. Here are the steps.

  1. Press the kitchen timer pad. It’s marked 8 in the image of the Hamilton Beach microwave keypad above. You can find it on the right side.
  2. You now need to set the desired time. Just press the number pads. For example- to set the timer for 1 minute, press 1 once and 0 twice.
  3. For the countdown to begin, press START+30 SEC pad.

That’s it. Your timer is set and the microwave will stop when the countdown is over. This works for all cooking processes. Just press the kitchen timer button to see how much time is remaining.

To cancel the timer in this stage, you can press the STOP/CLEAR button that is on the bottom to the left.

How To Set Child Lock On Hamilton Beach Microwave?

If you want to prevent your children from operating your microwave on their own, then you can set a child lock. It’s a good idea as microwaves can be risky and an experimental child is enough to make an accident happen.

Here’s how to set the child lock and also cancel it:

  • When your microwave is in standby mode, you need to press the STOP/CLEAR for as long as 3 seconds. You’ll see ‘LOCK’ flash on your display.
  • To unlock, you need to do the same. Press the same button for 3 consecutive seconds and ‘LOCK’ will disappear from your screen. You will be able to use it as usual.

However, we don’t recommend that you lock and unlock in from of children as doing this is pretty easy. If they can pick up on how you lock the microwave, the whole child lock function becomes useless.

Maintaining Your Hamilton Beach Microwave

Maintaining your microwave isn’t all that hard. However, it’s easy to neglect it. That may reduce the shelf-life of your microwave. The better care you take, the longer your microwave should last.

We recommend you read the Hamilton Beach microwave manual for your specific model. That will give you a better idea of how to better maintain your unit and avoid bad practices.

However, the number one priority when it comes to maintaining any microwave model is always going to be proper cleaning. As long as you clean your unit regularly, you are doing a good job maintaining it. How To Set Clock On Hamilton Beach Microwave [Simple Steps]

Troubleshooting Hamilton Beach Microwave

There are some common issues you will face as a Hamilton Beach microwave owner. Let’s take a look at how to solve them.

  • Microwave Needs Resetting

Sometimes you will need to reset your microwave due to malfunctioning. It is really easy to do. Turn off the power to your microwave and unplug it for 10 seconds at least. After that, you can plug it back in and start up your microwave.

If your microwave plug is hard to reach and you want to reset it, you can turn it off using the circuit breaker. But only do it once and only if absolutely necessary. You’ll damage your circuit breaker and increase the chances of a fire breaking out if you keep flipping the switch repeatedly.

  • Repeated Noise During Operation

If when you are running your microwave a sound is coming from its exterior, it is most likely coming from the glass turntable. This is caused due to a dirty interior.

You need to clean your microwave to solve this issue. Make sure to use warm water and soft detergent. As long as, you don’t use strong chemicals you are good.

  • Blown Fuse or Tripped Circuit Breaker

Whenever the current flow is higher than the requirement of your unit, you will end up with a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. This is to protect your appliance from power surges.

All you need to do is replace the blown fuse or reset the circuit breaker. But if the fuse is blown again, then that may be because of a faulty electrical outlet or

you have too many devices connected to the same circuit causing frequent overloads.

Try reducing the appliances connected to the circuit to see if the problem persists. If it doesn’t, then that must have been why your breaker was tripping. Otherwise, you should get an electrician to check on the electrical outlet.


  • How do I change the power level on my Hamilton Beach microwave?

When your heater is in cook mode, you can press the power button and simply select between 1-10. The factory setting of the power level is 10 but you can change it anytime.

  • Is it better to microwave at lower power?

It is good to cook with lower power if you don’t want the exterior of your dish to dry out or have any burns. That’s because the dispersion of heat is slow in this setting allowing heat to the center of the food and not just the exterior.

  • Does microwave burn a lot of electricity?

The higher the wattage of the unit, the more electricity will it burn. Using Hamilton Beach microwave 1000 watts unit for 1 hour requires 1 kWh energy.

  • How do you set the microwave for 90 seconds?

To set the timer exactly for 90 seconds you can press the START+30 SEC button thrice. In Hamilton Beach microwaves this button works from the OFF position as well.

  • What happens if you switch microwave on with nothing in it?

If the microwave is empty, there is nothing that will absorb the energy generated by the microwaves. This can damage your unit. However, Hamilton Beach microwaves aren’t damaged when running empty for less than 20 seconds.

Final Words

Hopefully, now you know how to set clock on Hamilton Beach microwave. It’s very simple and you should have no trouble setting the clock right.

You can set timers pretty much the same way but instead of pressing clock at the beginning, you have to press the kitchen timer button.

If you have more questions about your microwave’s operation, leave us a comment. We’ll get back to you soon!

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