When you are in a pinch and want something warm to eat, the microwave saves the day, warming up meals and snacks within minutes. This small box saves lots of time and grief, but its size shouldn’t let you think it doesn’t need attention. To keep it functioning well and working longer, focus on keeping it in good condition and clean.
Clean It Often
Like anything, when it becomes clogged or dirty, it is likely to perform worse. Microwaves, when used over time, accrue parts from the food it reheats. Spaghetti sauce splatters on the walls and ceilings; popcorn odor clings to the walls. These food particles prove problematic for performance.
Wash out your microwave regularly. Use a damp cloth and mild detergent to loosen anything stuck onto the machine. If that isn’t enough, place a microwave-safe bowl filled with water and add a small amount of vinegar or baking soda. Run this for a couple of minutes. The steam and chemicals help loosen anything that has hardened.
Use a Guard
To minimize cleaning time, rely on a microwave cover. These plastic shields fit over plates, catching the pops and sprays. Wash it off each time. Your appliance may require fewer cleanings this way.
Like anything, time wears the microwave down, so have it checked by an electrician every so often, especially if it is making strange sounds or giving off a burning odor. During these assessments, replace anything to ensure you get more longevity? For instance, a 180 degree hybrid combiner could be malfunctioning. The handyman may be able to replace it and get you back up and running, saving you from a major appliance purchase.
When you’re ready to head out the door but still want a snack, trust that your microwave is working right. Keep it working properly by cleaning it routinely, using a guard and replacing failing parts quickly.