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How to clean liquid under round grate oven base?

Spilled a large cup of coffee that seeped under the turntable and through the slotted (round) base of the oven. I can see pooled coffee but can not access it. Any ideas of of to clean? Will this cause issues with the appliance? Thanks.

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Avantiums are heavy. Underneath the turn table mechanically is only the turn table motor and the frame of the microwave. I would let it sit for a day and dry out before using it. But in the long run it might create corrosion and eventually you will need to replace your turn table motor. But I have seen liquid spilled into the turn table motor and be fine. You may create more damage by uninstalling your microwave to clean up the spill.

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Tip it toward the back and be prepared to wipe up a big mess

Posted on Apr 12, 2015

Testimonial: "Thanks - forgot to mention it's a built-in cabinet. We're going to uninstall the appliance & tip over. Was hoping there would be an easier way! Thanks."

  • ray gallant Apr 12, 2015

    well you could drill a small hole into the bottom but I would not recommend that

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Sounds normal when running but will not heat food and turntable does not work


You didn't specify a particular model, but the no-turntable and no-power symptoms are likely linked. Many microwaves have sensors to the turntable motor to tell if something being heated has been run into a wall (round turntable in a rectangular box, it can happen), Depending on the model, it may reverse direction, or it may just stop turning. This is both to keep from mucking up any reduction gearwork likely at work to turn some small motor spinning at a higher speed into a big table with a few pounds of food turning slowly with reasonable torque. It also will stop so that things won't get tipped over - no good to anyone if a poorly chose top-heavy bowl full of scalding liquid gets tipped over, flooding the microwave and burning whoever opens the door.

So... I'd remove the carousel plate, if possible, and see if the base is all gummed up with old spilled, ultra-baked-on crust or gummy residue. if so, between washcloths with scalding water and some gentle cleaner, like Simple Green, try to clean up the area and remove what might be freezing the spin shaft up. See if you can wiggle the shaft or turn it slightly with fingers or a small pair of pliers. If not, there may be more stuff gummed up further down the shaft. Don't expect to just spin it, it's probably tied to a motor with a belt or gear assembly that will put the mechanical advantage working against you.

After that - you can try unplugging the oven for a few minutes, in case it's either overheated, or in a 'safe' mode, or look for an owners manual for your specific model to see if there's a button combo to reset things, (or accessible fuses).

Good Luck!

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It may also be in the area of the turntable support, coupler, or motor.

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Hi, unplug the coffee machine and remove the cup.


Turn the coffee machine upside down over the sink in order to fully drain it of water. Be careful of the plug and avoid getting it wet.


Pour undiluted white vinegar into the reservoir up to the top edge of the viewing window.


Place a ceramic cup under the machine, plug it in and press "Brew" for a large cup. Pour the cups of vinegar into the sink and repeat the process until the reservoir is empty.


Remove the final cup of vinegar and empty it. Fill the coffee maker with clean water and allow it to sit for four hours, remaining on.


Unplug the machine and dump the water into the sink.


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Replacement of the turntable motor should be carried out by a qualified appliance repair service.

YOUR SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT!

Attempt this only if you are competent.

But here is a basic method if you are mechanically minded and have electrical safety knowledge.

The motor assembly is fixed to the base of the oven usually with two screws and access is obtained usually by removing the inspection plate directly beneath the motor. It is usually a plug in synchronous motor that revolves at a few revs per minute but the plastic cogs in the motors gear box fail and the motor assembly must be replaced. They are fairly inexpensive and obtainable usually from a domestic appliance repair shop.
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The motor assembly is fixed to the base of the oven usually with two screws and access i obtained by removing the inspection plate directly beneath the motor. It is usally a plug in synchronus motor that revolves at a few revs per minute but the plastic cogs in the motors gear box fail and the motor assembly must be replaced. They are fairly inexpensive and obtainable usually from a domestic appliance repair shop.
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You can see and hear a video of how a turntable motor should sound when you rotate it by hand.

If yours won't rotate or it sounds like it's grinding, etc., you may have a bad motor or plastic coupler.

Since it's less than one year old, it should be fully covered under warranty, as long as the problem is not due to grease or liquid spilled down into the motor.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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i think i am having the same problem, i spilled a cup of coffee inside of the microwave as i was reaching to get it and the turntable stopped rotating since then. what do you think could be the problem and how could i fix it?

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