How to Keep Your Microwave in Top Condition

February 1, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

Your microwave is probably one of the appliances in your home that gets the most use. However, people don’t often give much thought to the care or maintenance of their microwave, which means the longevity of the appliance could be compromised if you’re not careful.

That being said, it doesn’t take a whole lot to keep your microwave in great shape. Just a few little ongoing maintenance tasks can add years to its lifespan. With this in mind, here are some tips from our company specializing in appliance repair in St. Peters, MO about how you can keep your microwave in top condition.

Clean it!

For goodness’ sake, keep your microwave clean! You’d be amazed at how many people never wash out their microwaves. Not only do the food and liquid splatters inside the appliance just start to get disgusting, but they can also cause damage to certain components of the microwave if they’re just left there. You should be able to easily remove most foods and liquids with a simple mixture of soap and warm water, but there are also special microwave cleaning products you can purchase if you like.

If you come across spots that are a bit more stubborn, you can heat up a cup of water inside the microwave for 60 to 90 seconds to create some humidity that will help to loosen the grime for you to clean it out.

Prevent these spills by using plates, microwave covers, paper towels or wax paper to cover dishes while they’re being heated.

Make sure you only use microwave-safe dishes

Be very careful about what you put in your microwave. There are some materials that are not microwave safe, and if you put them in your microwave they could cause fires or explosions. Never, ever put any metal or aluminum foil inside the microwave, or any dishware with gold or silver accents. You’ll be just fine with most ceramic, glass and plastic, although even in these cases it’s still a good idea to look for a label that indicates it’s microwave safe.

Use the preprogrammed times

The majority of people rarely use preprogrammed cooking times, but these times are designed to use the microwave as efficiently as possible so you can minimize energy loss. Try out these presets, and you might discover the food comes out better, and that doing so also helps you prevent some other troublesome microwave issues.

Don’t overload it

Your microwave is going to have a weight capacity. You shouldn’t have to worry about this most of the time, since the majority of foods and dishes fall well below this weight capacity, but if you’re microwaving larger frozen items or heavy dishes, be sure that they do fall under that weight capacity, which is typically printed on the door of the microwave (otherwise you’ll find it in the owner’s manual or online).

For more information about keeping your microwave in great shape, contact the team at Crews Appliance Repair to schedule an appointment for appliance repair in St. Peters, MO.

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