Microwaves are a popular kitchen appliance that many people use to cook an entire meal or snack quickly.
Extend Your Microwaves Lifespan
1. Never place metal objects such as foil, utensils, and some food containers inside the microwave.
2. Check your cookware, Tupperware, dishes, and cups to see if they are microwave safe.
3. Please refrain from using the microwave when it is empty.
4. Close the door gently and avoid slamming.
5. Did you know that microwaves have a weight limit? Frozen food or large casseroles, in particular, may be too large for your microwave. Refer to your model’s owner’s manual and never place items that may exceed the weight limit inside the microwave.
6. If the manufacturer specifies, give the microwave a designated electrical outlet with a surge protector.
7. Refer to the manufacturer’s clearance guidelines to ensure there is enough airflow on all four sides of the microwave.
8. Keep the microwave clean by regularly cleaning the interior and exterior with a clean, damp cloth with a gentle and non-toxic detergent.
9. Did you know that most microwaves have a grease filter? Check the underside of the microwave for the filter, and be sure to clean it regularly.
10. While most foods can be cooked in the microwave, some should be avoided. Eggs with their shell on can quickly build up pressure and may explode. Potatoes can also build up pressure, so be sure to pierce them with a fork several times to prevent them from making a mess of your microwave.
11. If you notice your microwave is not performing correctly, schedule maintenance as soon as possible. Signs you need maintenance include a loose door seal, unresponsive buttons, burning smells, sparks, smoke, or your food cooking too rapidly or slowly.