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Metal in oven.

My young daughter placed a travel mug with liquid in our oven for about two minutes. The mug is made up of some metal, plastic, chrome, etc. Could she have damaged the oven because of this? Also now the oven has a burning smell when used. Any Ideas??

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Yes, most likely she damaged the magnetron and so the cheapest method once the unit dies totally is to get a new microwave. The scientific reason of what happens can be found below.

  1. If a metallic container is heated up in a microwave, many reflected waves are generated by the metal. The reflected waves return to the antenna of a magnetron, causing an increase in temperature. This causes the deterioration of the magnetron and generates electronic discharge easily, resulting in microwave failure.

  2. If a metallic container is close to the wall of a microwave, electronic discharge occurs between the wall and the metallic container, causing microwave to develop problems. Also, if this happens, users are surprised at the noise and the light, then they complain to the manufacturer. And so, we manufacturers prohibit the use of metallic containers in microwaves.
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