Microwave Repair

Microwave Repair

Microwaves will last between nine to ten years.

If you want to buy a new microwave the best time of the year to do this is in and September and October. That is when the appliance manufacturers usually reveal their new lines, which means that the older models will usually go on sale during this time. Another great time for appliances buying is on the holidays: Labor Day in September, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving and Black Friday during November and also often on the Fourth of July.

7 Tips to make your Microwave last longer:

01

Give it Room to Breath

Microwaves need to ventilate because of all the heat that it produces. Give it at least four inches of clearance on either side, and least three inches from the back wall, and make sure the fans are open and well ventilated.

02

Clean it Regularly

Be quick with clean-up. Little bits and splatters of food absorb the microwave’s energy and can cause burn spots that cause damage to the components and interior. This is the biggest cause of shortened lifespans for microwaves. Wipe food down immediately, or better yet, whenever possible cover food with paper towels or wax paper to prevent splatter. Be careful not to damage the mesh in the door, which keeps microwaves from escaping and zapping you.

03

Be Gentle with the Door

Microwave latches are more complex than people realize. Some microwaves have as many as three switches that must close in the correct order. Always close the door carefully, and also avoid opening the microwave while it’s still running, which can cause a blown safety fuse.

04

Use Pre-Programmed Cooking Times

Most people don’t use pre-programmed cooking times. However, these times are designed to use the microwave more efficiently by minimizing energy loss and heating the food as effectively as possible. It also prevents food from overcooking, but a lot of repairs happen because someone accidentally put 50 minutes into the control unit rather than 5 minutes, and this causes the microwave to fry itself.

05

Choose Dishes Carefully

Avoid using anything containing aluminum foil, metal or dishes with silver or gold accents. A good tip is to notice if a container or part of a container becomes significantly hotter than the food and to avoid using that container in the future. If sparks start to fly, turn off the microwave immediately and remove the item.

06

DO NOT run it on Empty

If there is no food in the microwave, it will be forced to absorb the energy produced by the microwaves to be absorbed by its own components which can cause serious damage. Do not use the microwave as a timer, most microwaves have a separate timer function that could be used instead.

07

Use a Smaller Container

Smaller containers cook the food a lot quicker because the container sucks the heat from the food, so the bigger your container, the colder your food will be. If you can cook your food in a shorter amount of time, you’ll be able to make your microwave last a lot longer.