Question about Microwave Ovens
Which brand has the best repair history? How are magtag and whirlpool?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Which to buy?
I've worked on microwaves - troubleshooting to the component level, not just parts swapping - for over 20 years.
I have always liked Sharp microwaves, despite the trouble they've had with the displays in recent years.
Their part prices are very reasonable, and the service manuals are thorough.
I feel the same way about Panasonic, but I do not really care for any inverter-based ovens, and I guess all of theirs are now. You have to check the tag or manual to see.
(More complexity means a higher chance of failure, and repairs on these must be carried out by an experienced person.)
And I'd have to add Samsung to that list of favored brands, and right behind them would be LG I guess.
By necessity, in-home labor is expensive to provide.
A shop will usually spend 300-400% more time before and after the service call on your repair and the associated paperwork than just the time they are in your home.
So if you buy an over-the-range model, I would definitely recommend an extended warranty which provides for in-home service.
Any brand that's made by another company usually means high part prices.
For instance, it's shocking how much a part for a Dacor or Viking (both made by Sharp) will run when compared to the original Sharp part.
Same thing with GE (made by Samsung) and Kenmore, which these days is usually made by L.G. but made for Whirlpool, so there's an additional layer of cost!
While most microwaves are made in China or of Chinese parts, I'm not sure I would recommend a Chinese brand per se, which Haier is.
Same goes for Galanz.
I would check ahead of time into whether their were a few local authorized servicers in their network.
Otherwise, you may have to drive it many miles yourself for service or return it to the store.
Amana, Electrolux, Estate, Frigidaire, Jenn-Air, Kitchen, Aid, Litton, Roper, Tappan, Thermador, and Whirlpool are all under the Maytag umbrella now.
Take a look at their long warranties, and see if they have local authorized servicers. Especially with an extended warranty, these can be good choices.
Once you have your new microwave, read and heed the manual. Then file that away and don't lose it.
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Posted on Jan 30, 2009
SOURCE: I have a brand new
No! You would have to rebuild the entire microwave including the part that produces the radiation (magnetron or similar). Then you need to seal the unit to keep the radiation from leaking into the rest of your kitchen. The radiation leakage would a) result in much slower cooking and b) be dangerous since it could arc with any nearby metal including the stove. Buying a new microwave would be cheaper and safer.
A countertop microwave in a different part of the kitchen might be a better choice.
I wish that I could be more helpful.
(the major parts of the microwave die when they reach ~200 degrees; the housing won't melt until it is much hotter (if I remember the melting points of the common plastics used correctly).)
Posted on Aug 21, 2010
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