Many people use their microwaves everyday without hesitation. Have you ever stopped to think that are things you can do to keep your microwave performing efficiently? Following these tips can help prolong the life of your microwave.
Keep It Clean:
One of the easiest ways to prolong the life of your microwave is to by cleaning it on a regular basis. Food and liquid splatters can absorb energy, leading to burn spots potentially causing damage to the components in the microwave. You clean the inside of your microwave with a specialized cleaner or with lemon! Here’s how to clean the inside of your microwave!
Choose Your Dishware Wisely:
Items that are not microwave safe can damage your microwave or even cause a fire or explosion to occur. Please be sure that dishwasher you are placing in your microwave is microwave-safe! Here are items you should not put in your microwave!
Prevent Door Damage:
Microwave door damage is very common in microwave repairs. Have you slammed your microwave door, push it shut with your elbow for lack of free hands, or pulled the microwave door open when it was still running? All of these things can lead to damage to your microwave. Closing the door carelessly can cause damage to your door switch and opening your microwave door while it is still in operation can result in a safety fuse. Get your microwave door switch here!
Avoid Running on Empty:
Avoid running your microwave without having anything inside it. Not doing so can cause damage to your microwave. When a microwave is running and it is empty, the energy the microwave produces must be absorbed by its own components, such as the glass or the magnetron that produces the energy. If you use your microwave timer, generally most microwaves contain a time setting that allows you to use the timer without actually running the microwave.
Respect Weight Limitations:
Generally, you don’t have to worry about the weight capacity of your microwave. However, if you planning to use your microwave and not your oven to heat something up make sure to check the weight capacity of you microwave. you can find it in your owner’s manual, online, or on the microwave door. An item that is heavier than the weight capacity can cause harm to your tray, and the coupler, along with the magnetron as well.
Test Pre-programmed Cooking Times:
Many microwaves contain cooking settings. These cooking times are designed to make the most efficient use of the microwave by reducing energy loss and heating the food as effectively as possible. Or instead of guessing how long you should put something in the microwave for, read the label on your food. Not choosing the correct cooking time can cause you to burn your food, messes that turn into burnt on spots, and damage to your microwave.
Basic maintenance on your microwave can prolong the life of your microwave. A lot of these maintenance tips you can do by yourself. For more extensive repairs please call a trained technician.
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