Why do my lights flicker when the microwave runs?

I wanted to add something nicer to my kitchen, so I upgraded my microwave to something fancier—but now something seems off. Why do my lights flicker when the microwave runs?

Melanie Mergen · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If your lights flicker when your microwave runs, it sounds like your new microwave might be using more power than your old one, which could overload your circuit.
This is more likely to happen in an older home with outdated wiring or if you have too many appliances getting their power from a single circuit breaker.
If your lights regularly flicker when your microwave runs, or you are constantly tripping your circuit breaker, call an electrician to upgrade your circuit breakers to accommodate more power and to make any other necessary changes.
Making sure your home’s wiring and circuit breakers are up-to-date is an essential part of keeping your home safe—and so is having coverage from the right
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