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Extending the Life of a Microwave

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I am trying to post ideas and tips to save everyone money in the current crisis and today found an article to help extend the life of your microwave

I believe most people own one one so i hope it helps

https://www.rd.com/list/shorten-life-of-microwave/

telmel
a week ago
What do you think of this?
KatieBlue
KatieBluea week ago

I have recently bought a new microwave- the old one went rusty inside- and it is all white inside. Which means I can easily see any splashes and I clean them straight away. It guilts me into it! I also leave the door ajar for a few minutes after using, to let the steam escape… I don’t want another microwave to rust!

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sarah4701
sarah4701a week ago

KatieBlue this is what happened to ours I was worried that the exposed metal would cause a fire . We always leave the door open now , and dry it after use . I'm hoping to this one would last longer x

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tara73ziva
tara73zivaa week ago

I bought a microwave that does not have a turn table in it and it’s easier to clean

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KatieBlue
KatieBluea week ago

I have seen those too… unfortunately after I had bought my new one, typically!

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telmel
telmel
Original Poster
a week ago

KatieBlue Ours is a combination but we rarely use that facility

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Grannyclock
Grannyclocka week ago

I don't know how others clean their microwave but I use bicarb and citric acid mixed with water. You can leave it on for a few minutes then rinse off.

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cocolgooh
cocolgooha week ago

I use bicarb and lemon juice the same way and find it works really well. Great if you end up with left over lemons too, so they don’t go to waste.

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Lynibis
Lynibisa week ago

cocolgooh I often don't use up the lemons I buy and will try your tip as I have bicarb. I also halve the lemons and place them in my dishwasher. Lovely smell when cycle is finished.

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Grannyclock
Grannyclocka week ago

Lynibis that sounds like a good idea. I've not tried that.

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cocolgooh
cocolgooha week ago

Lynibis I bet it does smell great - that’s another bonus when using lemons in the microwave, it smells nice after!

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBananaa week ago

I'd say probably the biggest factor in life of a microwave is the brand you buy. Some of the very cheap low end generic Chinese microwaves don't last as long plus more likely to have fitting issues that allow more microwaves to escape outside the compartment. Which put the full results behind a membership paywall but even here you can see a failure rate of 2 to 10% which I assume is yearly so over a 7 year period one brand is 70% likely to fail and the other just 14%.

https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/microwaves/article/top-microwave-brands-at6NQ7t5v8Wm

In the past I remember Panasonic and Sharp being the most reliable brands but that could be different now. Combination microwaves are typically the least reliable because of their complexity but so many people buy Combination microwaves because of their greater size and don't bother with the grill or oven features they just want a more generous microwave size so maybe those people won't suffer the same reliability issues.

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HEDGEHOGS
HEDGEHOGSa week ago

I always wipe out/clean my microwave after use and leave the door open to make sure fully dried, but my last microwave which was a Panasonic went rusty inside, really disappointed.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBananaa week ago

If it was meant to be stainless steel interior that is a bit rubbish but if it was painted metal I guess if it gets scratched it can start rusting. I had a Panasonic oven in the past which I think lasted about 6 years but it was used extensively for pretty much everything. Perhaps 4 or 5 times a day as the oven and grill features were also used. All I had was the microwave, and a 4 ring hotplate. I also bought it refurbished at about a third of its normal retail price. So no real complaints. I still have the glass plate for it which for some reason I kept.

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HEDGEHOGS
HEDGEHOGSa week ago

BonzoBanana I think it was just painted metal inside, I never used it every day and it still only lasted about 3 years. Why do we keep the glass dishes from inside the old microwaves!🤣

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telmel
telmel
Original Poster
a week ago

HEDGEHOGS I think its because they are expensive to replace if dropped and people think it might fit in the next one as a spare, but you would need the same model, they are not one fits all

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HEDGEHOGS
HEDGEHOGSa week ago

telmel That's true but I know I kept my old one as it's out in the garage, maybe I could use it for a plant saucer 😉 .

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBananaa week ago

HEDGEHOGS Oh its not just me then 😆

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HEDGEHOGS
HEDGEHOGSa week ago
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telmel
telmel
Original Poster
a week ago

Heres what serena has done with her microwave plate

Be warned, the voice is annoying

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RichardDoolin
RichardDoolina week ago

Leave it open after cooking something to allow the stream to escape faster and to dry out any moisture.

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