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Appliances Maintenance Learning Center

Microwave Maintenance


The microwave oven has changed the way we prepare foods since the time of its invention, in 1946. By drastically cutting heating time, this household appliance has become a necessity in kitchens today. Although it is one of the smaller appliances, it is very powerful and requires you to follow simple rules to keep it in top notch condition.

Keep it clean. Regular cleaning of your microwave is the most effective way to extend its lifespan. Most people are not aware that food splatter absorbs the energy inside, which can lead to burnt on stains and damage internal components. Most stains on the interior and exterior of a microwave can be cleaned with warm water and soap or a microwave oven cleaner. To prevent splatters you can try a microwave cover or simply cover your plates with wax paper or a paper towel.


Use only microwave safe dishware. Putting non-microwaveable materials in the unit can cause fires and explosions. Never put aluminum foil, metal or any type of dishware that that silver or gold accents. Materials like plastic, ceramic, glass are acceptable but if you’re not sure, you can determine by checking if it is labeled as “microwave safe.”

Be gentle with the door. Microwave doors are destined to be slammed, yanked open, elbowed, etc. These actions will cause damage to your unit over time because it can harm or throw off the switch mechanisms.


Protect from surges. Power surges can be extremely damaging to your microwave. Make sure it is plugged into to a surge protector or its own individual outlet that can withstand high power.

Tend to basic repairs. Replacing parts such as light bulbs, glass turntable plates, door latches, motors, and filters can help keep your microwave oven running smoothly. Internal mechanics are harder to fix should be tended to by a professional. Failure to do so can cause electrical mishaps and you may cause more damage or cause harm to yourself. Most times it is easier to replace the whole microwave, as internal parts can be more costly to repair.


We understand that a broken microwave can be an inconvenience, but if you use your microwave properly and maintain it well, the effort will pay off for years to come.