Every appliance has an expiration date attached to it; however, how soon that expiration date arrives really has to do with how you use your appliances. Here are a few tips that will help you get the longest life possible out of your new microwave.
Be Gentle With The Door
One of the biggest mistakes most people make with their microwaves is that they are too rough on the door. Your microwave door is essential to the function of your microwave. The door has to be properly latched and closed in order for the sensors to be triggered for your microwave to work in the first place. If you are too rough on your microwave door, it and your microwave are not going to last too long.
When you shut your microwave, shut the door gently and firmly. Do not slam it shut and do not let it slam itself shut. When you open your microwave door, once again, be gentle and don't yank it open.
Additionally, you should not open your microwave when it is in use. This can cause damage to the sensors and components. Instead, press the cancel or stop button on your microwave and allow it to stop before opening the door.
Clean Your Microwave
You don't want to leave food particles sitting forever inside of your microwave. They could damage components inside of your microwave. They could also make the rest of your food not smell or taste that great.
Use a damp washcloth to wipe down the inside of your microwave after you use it or every couple of days.
If you ever have splatter on your microwave that you can't get off, put a cup of water inside of your microwave and heat the water up until it is nice and hot. This will create steam in your microwave that should make it easier to dislodge and wipe away any food that is stuck to the side of your microwave.
Watch What You Put Inside
Finally, watch what you put inside of your microwave. You can't just put everything in your kitchen into your microwave. Check the bottom of all containers and make sure that they are labeled microwave safe. Items that are not microwave safe could let off chemicals that could compromise the safety of your food and your microwave.
Remember, you should never, for any reason, put metal objects inside of your microwave. Be careful with plastic as well; there are many kinds of plastic that are used for containers that are not microwave safe. Generally, you should put your food on glass if you are going to put it in your microwave.
Following the three tips above will extend the usable life of your microwave. Contact an appliance repair service to learn more.