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Metallic-like cardboard insert inside microwave is crumbling???

While cleaning the interior of the Emerson MW8115SS my wife pushed against the cardboard/metallic/plastic insert on the right-hand side of the interior of the microwave - this caused the brittle material to fracture and create an indention, tried to slide a butter knife behind the insert in an effort to push the indention back outward, but the entire insert is now startin to crumble to pieces... My question is this: Is it safe to use the microwave without this piece present or fully intact and if not where can a replacement piece be obtained for this particular model?

I can send pictures of the damaged plate if my description is too vague...

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    Cracked "splattershield" in microwave..is it still safe to use even though it's cracked?

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That piece is called the waveguide cover. Emerson calls it a spatter shield. Behind it is the hole where the microwaves enter the oven. Its job is to prevent food spatters from getting into the microwave source, and it's not a good idea to run the oven without it.

The cover is usually held in place by a plastic rivet that pulls out. I couldn't find the part number for the cover used in your model. But here is a link to a parts place that has several covers available:

http://www.a-1catalog.com/wavandstirco.html

If one of the covers shown looks like yours you can order it. Another possibility is to contact Emerson at 800-695-0098. This is the number they give to locate authorized servicers near you, and you might be able to order a replacement cover through them.

Hope this has helped. If so, please take a moment to rate the solution. Thanks for asking here!

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The material your wife destroyed is actually mica, basically, a flake of stone (yes, stone). It's there just to protect the magnetron form dirt. There is no need to buy a original replacement. Look for mica sheets, draw a piece just the same size and screw it the place of the damaged one. I will post a URL here from where I get my mica. I know you probably can't read what says there but you get the point: it's a cheap, fire resistant insulator that can be bought without that "original part" tag that makes it a lot more expensive. That piece I bought is not even $5 worth.

http://www.leiritronica.com/linhabranca/product_info.php?products_id=2587

Do be careful not to tighten the mica back too hard: it might flake. Drill instead of punching any holes.

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Cardboard inside microwave has got a hole is it safe to still use or where can i buy a replacement one.

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The part with the hole is stopping vapours and worse still fat drops getting into the waveguide. The fat drops absorb microwaves and casn get hot enough to catch fire. You can operate the microwave without it, but only if nothing goes back up the waveguide passage to the magnetron. It may be plastic of a special type, transparent to microwaves, or it might overheat. It used to be mica, and you can still use it. Get a sheet of it from microwave parts stores, or some electronics parts stores have it. A good place is WES Components at Ashfield in Sydney.. As a previous answer said, just cut it to size and attach it.

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My metal piece has started on fire more than twice so I took it out, I still use the oven. Have not found any health risks online yet.

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