Tips to keep your microwave happy

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Ever wonder how’d you’d survive without your microwave? The Appliance Care Company wants to make sure that never happens to you. So, with the help of Repairclinic.com, we’ve put together a list of care and maintenance tips to keep you and your microwave happy.

  • Clean the Inside and Outside Often
    Spills and splatters are common occurrences when you microwave food. To avoid them getting cooked on and harder to remove, clean the inside of your microwave with soap and water or a special microwave cleaner after each and every spill. Use the same cleaner or stainless steel cleaner to clean grime and fingerprints off of the outside of your microwave.
  • Close the Door Carefully
    The door and latch mechanism on your microwave can be somewhat vulnerable, so take care when closing the door. The door’s latch mechanisms usually have three switches that must close in a particular order. Slamming the door could change the order of the switches’ closing which could lead to a blown internal fuse.  See how to replace the upper,lower and middle switches on a GE microwave.
  • Never Run it Empty
    Whether you simply forgot to put in that microwave dinner or you thought it might be a good idea to use the timer, never ever run a microwave without anything in it. Without anything in it to absorb the microwave energy, it will bounce around inside and can cause the magnetron to overheat and fail. This would be an extremely expensive mistake! 
  • Operate with Preset Times
    There’s a reason the manufacturers have special preset buttons – they help you heat your food effectively and energy efficiently. So, you can perfectly cook your pizza, popcorn or potato and help save energy at the same time! 
  • Use Microwave-safe Dishes
    Metal or metallic plating are major no-nos in a microwave, they deflect the electromagnetic radiation waves and bounces them erratically around the oven. This could cause sparking and damage the transmitter. Also be careful of what plastics you put in your microwave. Softer plastic can melt and some plastics contain chemicals that could be hazardous to your health when microwaved. To protect yourself look for plastic containers marked microwave safe or, better yet, use glass containers.
  • Boil Water in a Kettle
    While it may seem the simplest way to boil water, microwaves can “superheat” water to be much more than boiling temperature. Not only could the water itself cause burns, the cup you boil it in could suddenly burst spraying above-boiling water everywhere.

On January 12, 2017, posted in: Appliance Education by