The microwave is one of the most important appliances in any modern kitchen. Whether you need to heat or bake, the oven comes in handy at almost all times. Proper maintenance and care of the oven will only ensure its productivity lasts longer. Improving the condition of your microwave depends on several factors. The following tips will help you maintain your microwave in good condition.
Microwaves are not metal friendly. You should never put any metal containers, metal utensils or other objects that have metal trim in the oven. You even have to avoid putting metal foil inside the microwave oven. That is why it is always advisable to remove the aluminum foil from food items you want to heat up before you are putting it inside the cabin. Forgetting to do this will damage the unit, and may even create a fire hazard.
Take care not to slam the door. Latch mechanisms on microwave ovens generally have three switches that must close in a particular order. Slamming the door may alter the order of the switches’ closing, resulting in a blown, internal fuse.
Some people have mistakenly run their microwave oven without food, simply for use of the timer while cooking elsewhere in the kitchen. This may damage the microwave oven. With the absence of food or liquid, the microwave energy is not being absorbed and will bounce around inside. This can cause the magnetron to overheat and fail; this is a very costly repair.
Nothing like going through the instruction manual whenever you are in doubt regarding operating the microwave oven. It will always help you avoid damaging the unit. Taking precaution like this is a must. Also, make sure that the oven door is completely closed before you are starting it. After every use, make sure that you are checking the door seal, inside surfaces and oven cavity for signs of sully and damage in any way.
The inside of a microwave oven can be cleaned by placing wet paper towels inside the microwave and running it on high. This will loosen the grime on the sides of the microwave and it can be wiped off easily. Another method to clean the microwave is to put dishwashing liquid in a bowl filled with water and heat it inside the microwave. The steam from the bowl will make the grime on the microwave easily removable. The same can be done by using paper towels. Make sure you clean all the nooks and crannies thoroughly. Dishwashing liquid can be replaced with white vinegar for better results.
This applies to microwaves that sit over your stove range. Inside these units are charcoal filters that absorb particles and more. Replace these filters at least every six months or however often your manufacturer recommends in your appliance guidelines.