As our young but expensive microwave has packed in, we have thought to replace it with a cheaper, throwaway one. We see that 'painted inside' appears as part of the description on many models and wonder if this can be a health hazzard, particularly in regard to allergies. We are thinking of purchasing the Sharp R26STM Solo Microwave Oven.
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Honestly? Microwaves are not tremendously expensive, and they are dangerous if repaired improperly. You can get a service person to look at it, but I wouldn't unless they offered free estimates. If they can do it inexpensively, go that route. Otherwise replace the microwave. This is not a project for DIY if you have no experience in this area.
You have an expensive Monogram microwave so you can expect the parts to be expensive also. The outer glass assembly by itself ballpark cost is about $160 and requires a complete dis-assembly of the door to replace since the screws are all inside. Then if you go by the book--- the door should be checked for microwave leakage after the repair which requires a special test meter. They also sell a complete door assembly at around $300 that comes completely assembled. You need to compare that cost against the age of your microwave and possibly a new unit which I think is still available. Either way its not a cheap fix.
Your magnetron is overheating, and its attached thermostat is doing its job to protect the magnetron by shutting off the power to the oven until it cools back down to a safe temperature.
An overheating magnetron
can be due to:
oven without cover(s) in place
magnetron installed in oven
an old or
otherwise failing magnetron
power line voltage (should be 110-125VAC)
foods low in
moisture (popcorn & bacon, e.g. - add 1/2 cup of water in rear
oven when cooking such foods)
inoperable cooling fan or hood vent exhaust fan
foam weatherstripping seals in air ducts or on outside cover
vents (dust, animal nest debris, insufficient free air space behind
& around oven, etc.)
greasy charcoal filter or grease filter
in hood vent exhaust
should be a "mini-manual" (tech sheet) hidden inside the unit
control panel or hidden on the left side behind the grille, and it is
very helpful when troubleshooting, testing, and locating
our Web site, we have a video
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Accessing some parts may
require you to pull the oven from the wall and remove the cover.
so, the installation instructions are very handy, and it's best to have
two people since the microwave can be heavy and awkward.
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ISOLATE THE MICROWAVE DO NOT OPEN AS YOU CAN RECEIVE A SHOCK FROM THE INTERNAL CIRCUITS.
Check the mains fuse in the plug, remove fuse and put into a working appliance, if it works. Buy a new microwave, as the internal circuit has a fault, and depending on model, the cost of repair is usually very expensive. Unless you have an appliance insurance. leave repairs of this type of appliance to the proffs.
Check the door is closing properly, as a switch is activated by the colsure of the door, some cheaper microwaves use plastic and this can fracture, causing the microwave to not work. The front display should light up regardless of the switch position. The fuse inside can be 10 to 15amp slow blow, if this is the case, scrap the appliance as it requires specialised equipment to fault find and carefull handeling discharging capacitors and so on. A reasonable level of knowledge of electronics is required. hope this is of assistance.
Have you had any problems with your electricity "tripping" when the oven is in use? If so I would suggest that the oven element needs replacing or on rare occasions the emergency thermostat is faulty.
The oven element is generally found under a metal plate in the bottom of the oven( inside) and its terminals are found by taking the back off the oven.
The emergency thermostat is located in the rear of the oven and looks like an over sized watch battery on an oval mounting plate.
Neither of the parts is overly expensive and far cheaper than a new oven.
When you mention the fuse, if you mean the one inside the microwave, then your magnetron is probably damaged and you should just get a new microwave.
If you're talking about the fuse in the electrical fusebox, then you could try opening the case of the microwave and finding the fuse inside. If you aren't familiar with working on HIGH VOLTAGE, then don't do this, take it to a service tech. But if it's out of warrenty and you are experience with working safely, you can look for a fuse inside the unit. As I said above, though if you do change it and the oven still won't work, your tube is probably dead and it's not worth the money to get a replacement part.
But again, I'll stress that the microwave has a HIGH VOLTAGE POWER SUPPLY inside, and if you aren't familiar with working on things like this then just take it to an appliance repair store.