Microwave Maintenance 

Microwave ovens are easier and cheaper to replace than relatively larger kitchen appliances. It’s no surprise, therefore, that many people don’t worry about preventative care. However, taking care of your microwave is not rocket science. A few easy tips and you can enjoy a sparkling clean microwave that will serve you for longer. Here are a few microwave maintenance tips to bear in mind.Microwave Maintenance

Microwave Maintenance 

In this post, we’re going to look at a few good habits and appliance tips that can make a significant difference in the expected useful life and performance of your microwave.

Keep It Clean

Cleaning your unit regularly is one of the best ways to extend the longevity of your microwave. Food and liquid spatters can absorb energy, potentially damaging components of your microwave and leading to burn spots. You can remove most liquids and foods with warm water and soap or a specialized microwave oven cleaner.

If you’re dealing with a stubborn spot, try heating a cup of water in the microwave for about a minute. The steam should help loosen the grime.

Avoid Running on Empty

Running a microwave when there’s nothing inside it can cause serious damage. When you run a microwave on empty, the energy produced by the microwave must be absorbed by the magnetron that produces the energy or the glass. These components are not designed to withstand such kind of exposure, and replacing or repairing them can be costly.

Use Microwavable Containers

Non-microwavable materials can melt or even leave toxic particles in your food. Make sure any container you use in the microwave is labeled as microwave-safe. These are often made of tough plastic, glass or ceramic.

Never Put Metal in Your Microwave

Microwaves emitted from your unit will bounce off metallic materials. As a result, putting metal in the microwave oven will cause the interior to heat up unevenly, causing damage. This includes aluminum.

Prevent Door Damage

The microwave door is probably the most widely abused part of a microwave. At some point, most people have pulled the door open before turning off the microwave, pushed it shut with an elbow or slammed it shut for one reason or another. All these actions can gradually damage the door and possibly damage the switches as well. Pulling the door open while the unit is running, on the other hand, can blow the safety fuse. Keeping your appliances and microwave in good shape can also help you to sell your home fast if you are planning on selling. 

Try Pre-Programmed Cooking Times

Many people tend to ignore the pre-programmed cooking times. However, these times are designed to heat the food as effectively as possible, minimize the loss of energy and make the most efficient use of the microwave. Try these cooking times and your food will not only cook better but you’re also less likely to deal with issues such as messes and burn spots that can cause damage.

Bottom Line

These microwave maintenance tips are all simple but they can make a significant difference over time. If you sacrifice to maintain your unit and use it properly, you can expect the effort to pay off noticeably over the years. Worst comes to worst, you can reach out to professionals for microwave repair.