How to Unlock a Kenmore Microwave

Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.


Depending on your microwave model, you may hear two or more beeps before the control panel unlocks.

Some Kenmore microwave touch key control panels have a control panel lock that prevents children or others from using the microwave or altering pre-programmed settings. Additionally, the lock can prevent you from accidentally changing the settings when you're cleaning the panel. Typically, unlocking the microwave requires that you push a command key on the panel -- a key that controls general commands or a key specifically designed to control the locking function.


Step 1

Touch and hold the "Enter/Start," "Start," "Lock" or "Control Lock" key, or key that has a padlock image, on your Kenmore microwave's control panel for about five seconds.

Step 2

Check that the word "Locked" has disappeared from the display.

Step 3

Run the kitchen timer or a cook cycle for 10 seconds to prove that you unlocked the control panel.



Irene A. Blake

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.