How to Change the Clock on a Sunbeam Microwave

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It is easy to change the clock on a microwave.
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The flashing lights on a microwave display are not only annoying, but some models also won't operate unless the time has been entered into the control panel. The clock on the microwave is more than a convenient way to check the time as you pass through the kitchen. The Sunbeam microwave clock does double-duty as a timer. Having the correct time on the hardworking small appliance can help your cooking times and the microwave's cooking function.


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Sunbeam Clock Instructions

The clock on the Sunbeam microwave is based on a 12-hour cycle rather than the 24-hour military cycle. Not all models offer you the choice between the two styles. When the microwave is first plugged in, the clock on the front of the small appliance will display the message "Enter Clock Time." This will also happen when there is a power surge or other interruption from the electrical supply to the appliance.


To set the Sunbeam microwave clock, touch the clock pad once while it is in waiting mode. Enter the correct time by putting in the exact time. For instance, if it is 5:16 p.m., enter the numbers 5, then 1 and then 6. Once the correct time is put into the appliance using the number pad, press the clock button again. To cycle through the hour options, press the clock button and then the time button to go through the minutes.


When the correct time is entered into the control panel, press the time button once more to exit the program. If you make a mistake, simply go through the process from start to finish. According to the instructions for the machine by Sunbeam on Manuals Library, the clock button can be pressed to check the oven time without interrupting the operation of the microwave when it is in use. The Sunbeam clock instructions can be found online if you can't locate the user's manual.


Turn the Sound Off

The beeping on the microwave can be annoying. Some microwaves create a steady beat of beeps until the door has been opened, the timer turned off or another function has been addressed and stopped. Once you have mastered how to change the time on the microwave, you can manipulate other functions of the microwave, such as the beeping or a stuck clock. Some keys on the control panel have a hidden function to help users control features.


The manual for the Sunbeam SGB8901 has a turn off the sound or silent mode. If you aren't sure, CNET recommends pressing either the 1 button or the 0 on the control panel of the microwave. Often, microwave manufacturers will give these buttons dual functions for operating the microwave's features.

You can also hold the Stop or Cancel button to stop the beeping or reset the microwave clock if it is blinking. Check the panel for buttons you may have overlooked in the common use of the appliance. There may be a sound or clock button on the microwave's control panel that will quickly resolve any sound issues or problems with setting the time.


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