How Long Should a Microwave Last?

Microwaves are a popular kitchen appliance that many people use to cook an entire meal or snack quickly.

The lifespan of your microwave largely depends on ongoing maintenance and frequency of use. Unfortunately, most microwaves do not have as long of a lifespan as most larger kitchen appliances. The good news is that by following a few helpful tips, you can maximize the life of your microwave so that it outperforms that average lifespan of five to ten years.

Extend Your Microwaves Lifespan

The microwave can be the hub of the kitchen, especially for busy households that rely on convenience. To get the most out of your microwave, be sure to:

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.

By simply keeping your microwave tidy and following installation and use instructions, you can have your microwave around for many years. If you are on the market for a new microwave, check out Vinotemp’s Brama microwaves, including stylish built-in styles that will enhance every kitchen. Questions about microwaves? Call us today at 1-800-777-8466 or email info@vinotemp.com.