The microwave oven is truly a modern marvel, allowing us to do things in minutes that used to take hours. Microwaves are surprisingly durable as well, with long life spans and trouble-free operation. If you have an over the stove unit or range hood combo, having the microwave repaired or replaced can become expensive, and you run the risk of not being able to match your current appliance package. By following a few simple tips, you can extend the life of your microwave and ensure that it keeps doing a great job for you and your family for many years.
How to Clean Your Microwave
Experts recommend cleaning your microwave weekly. Use a mild detergent (ideally one recommended by the manufacturer) but never use any type of abrasive cleaning product or tool. Take special care on the touch pad and labeled services, as some products will remove the lettering. If you have stuck-on food particles inside, heat water in a microwave-safe container for a couple of minutes to produce steam. This will help soften any difficult spots so you can wipe them away. Check the manual, but you can typically clean the glass carousel tray safely in your dishwasher.
Conduct Periodic Microwave Inspections
It is a good idea to inspect your microwave at least monthly. Inspect the door seal for damage and clean any built-up debris that may prevent the door from sealing completely. Inspect the cord and plug for damage and ensure that the unit is plugged in securely. Look at the electrical outlet for any sign of arcing or overheating of the cord. Finally, vacuum the grilles and ventilation holes to remove dust and debris which can cause overheating.
What’s that Noise Coming from My Microwave
Microwaves make noise when operating and chances are you’re pretty familiar with the sound of yours. If you detect a change in the sound or any unusual noises coming from the microwave, it may indicate an impending failure or the need for a service call. A squeaking sound in your carousel microwave may mean a belt that needs replacing. Any type of unusual humming, popping, or buzzing noise may indicate a failed diode, capacitor, or magnetron.
DIY microwave service is definitely not something you should attempt based on the serious risk of electrical shock. Your local appliance service shop can handle replacing belts, lubricating the microwave motor, or repairing leaky doors or seals. Have professional maintenance service done periodically, to ensure a longer, healthier life for your microwave and safety for your family.