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Is my microwave dead?

Nov. 19, 2020, 1:59 p.m.
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It has power, turns on, and shuts off after exactly 23 seconds. And yes it is old (17 yrs)...so I'm starting to accept the potential of having to buy a new microwave.

But I wanted to poll the geniuses before I bite the bullet.

Nov. 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m.
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It's fine.  It is just now a slightly-warmer-than-before machine.

Nov. 19, 2020, 5:19 p.m.
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If it still heats things up, 23 seconds is long enough to cook a Gremlin.


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Nov. 19, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
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Depending on what you use it for it's probably cheaper to just buy a new one than trying to get it fixed.

Nov. 19, 2020, 6:20 p.m.
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Posted by: Taz123

It has power, turns on, and shuts off after exactly 23 seconds. And yes it is old (17 yrs)...so I'm starting to accept the potential of having to buy a new microwave.

But I wanted to poll the geniuses before I bite the bullet.

If your bike was 17, would you buy a new one.

Nov. 19, 2020, 8:01 p.m.
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I once heard a comedian joke about what it would be like if you invented microwaves today.

"You put your food in and it cooks it with "microwaves."

"Does it cook it well?"

"Not really...."

I don't really get how this is a staple in the kitchen in 2020.

Nov. 19, 2020, 10:52 p.m.
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Posted by: Taz123

It has power, turns on, and shuts off after exactly 23 seconds. And yes it is old (17 yrs)...so I'm starting to accept the potential of having to buy a new microwave.

But I wanted to poll the geniuses before I bite the bullet.

Stick a fork in it...

WAIT DON'T!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb2fQHlE87Q

It makes the cooking demons very angry.

Nov. 19, 2020, 11:45 p.m.
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With or without the power on, place your phone inside. Call it with another. If it picks up, probably best to get a new mic.

Nov. 20, 2020, 9:14 a.m.
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Everyone is so very helpful - hehehe.

Some side research shows that he repair is likely 1/2-2/3 the price of a new one. Now the challenge is to find one that fits into my cabinet opening.

Nov. 20, 2020, 10:49 a.m.
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For a 17 y.o. microwave, the standards for screening out the radiation weren't as good as they are now, and there has likely been degradation of the screening since it was new.  Just get a new one.

Fun fact: the viewing window of the microwave allows about 10% of the microwave radiation to pass through.  Don't stare at your food while it cooks.

Fun fact 2: Microwaves use the same radio wavelength as your wifi's 2.4 GHz bandwidth.  That's why your wifi slows down when the microwave is operating.

Nov. 20, 2020, 12:53 p.m.
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Posted by: RAHrider

I once heard a comedian joke about what it would be like if you invented microwaves today.

"You put your food in and it cooks it with "microwaves."

"Does it cook it well?"

"Not really...."

I don't really get how this is a staple in the kitchen in 2020.

Had the one above the stove oven hood combo unit. It died, I just replaced it with a new hood minus the microwave.  Have to say I really don't miss having one.

Nov. 22, 2020, 9:02 a.m.
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Posted by: Taz123

Everyone is so very helpful - hehehe.

Some side research shows that he repair is likely 1/2-2/3 the price of a new one. Now the challenge is to find one that fits into my cabinet opening.

I dont see a challenge, I see a project!

Nov. 22, 2020, 9:08 a.m.
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Posted by: KenN

For a 17 y.o. microwave, the standards for screening out the radiation weren't as good as they are now, and there has likely been degradation of the screening since it was new.  Just get a new one.

Fun fact: the viewing window of the microwave allows about 10% of the microwave radiation to pass through.  Don't stare at your food while it cooks.

Fun fact 2: Microwaves use the same radio wavelength as your wifi's 2.4 GHz bandwidth.  That's why your wifi slows down when the microwave is operating.

re FF#2 - So you're telling me if we removed microwave ovens, we'd have faster wifi?? Arent new n old portable house phones also on the 2.4ghz range? So does that sort of mean peak bandwidth usage around dinner time isnt from people being home and using the internet, its all the side appliances clogging that bandwidth when cooking at that time?

Nov. 23, 2020, 10:42 a.m.
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GF had one that was blowing the breaker when ever she openned the door so i gave her a spare i had sitting on a shelf, they are not really made to be serviceable if you take them apart there is a fuse in there that goes, they are fixable but mostly disposable its probably easier to just find a used one

Micro wave is good for lots of things in the kitchen mostly preppy/warming/thawing but not really cooking


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Nov. 23, 2020, 11:39 a.m.
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I ordered a new one - picking it up tonight. After verifying all the measurements, I'm 99% sure I can re-use the trim kit.

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