My partiallly disabled son lives in public housing. On returning to his apartment after a short absence he discovered that water had entered his apartment when the tenant above him had let the zinc run over. When my son was mopping up the water and picked up his unplugged microwave, he found that water ran out of it. He has not plugged it in. I told his to stand it on end with the door propped open and let a fan blow air in and around it. Do you have any other suggestions before he attempts to turn it on. Thanks.
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Re: Water leaks into microwave oven
Ok really if someone dareing enough to open the panel for microwave the shell i mean take to the porch let sun heat it for at least 2 days then go threw lightly wipe down insides of micro with water clothe to get water residue out of micro then place shell back on and screw down
once water gets into micro. its hard to tell how there performance will be after wards and putting a fan directly on a fan to airout wont help this will create other little problems like mold build up
the best thing is what i suggested at top you need a heat source to cook and evaporate the water inside which is the sun
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If it's the circuit breaker in your house or apartment that's blowing, then either you are overloading the circuit, or you have a bad breaker. Check to see what other devices might be plugged into that circuit, and move as many of them as possible to a different circuit.
The parts are available from appliance parts houses. They do sell to the general public. I did one a few months ago. I think the outside door was around $30. It is not a difficult job. Just know that you have to take the entire door apart to do the job. 20-30 minutes.
I have a similar unit and I removed the outside of the door by loosening two flat head screws on the narrow where the handle is located. There are several screws yet holding the outside plastic housing too. Once these are removed the plastic door will come off. Then the handle will be accessible. The same issue started with my oven too and I replaced the original handle with larger screws and using a high quality plastic glue. This held for a while. The plastic door cover seemed to have changed dimensions during its life and warped. I ordered a new door and it lasted a short while. I then asked for a new door under warranty. Bottom line they wouldn't sent a new cover but they returned my money. Apparently the doors all had crappy plastic issues. Currently we are using the microwave with out the door front. It still works like new after 10 years though.
The oven has a heating resistance powering it. This heating resistance is fixed in the walls of the oven with some insulating bushes. If, during the wash, some water has seeped in there because the bushes have aged and no longer sealing properly then the detergent in the water has acted like a short and the resulting flame has completely fried the bushing . This has now made the resistance to lose all the insulation and it's now shorting directly into the walls - such a big short is tripping even the greatest breaker in your house , the main one. You should stop using the oven in this condition, the risks of electrocution are too high. Unplug the oven from the mains and call a repairman, he will have to completely dismantle the oven and replace the resistance and its insulating bushes - a long and expensive job.
as its been static for a few weeks and cold. whats probably happened is 'food' has set and caused the centre turning motor to cease. try cleaning the motor by removing the turnplate etc and washing in hot water. then when dry add a little not much wd40 to the moving centre.
Buy a detector to test your microwave to be sure it is not leaking radiation. The detectors range in price from ten dollars to about thirty five dollars and can be purchased in most hardware stores. If you discover that the microwave is leaking radiation, never try to repair this appliance yourself. Take the microwave to a professional for repair. All things considered though, the microwave oven is fairly inexpensive these days it may be a better idea to just purchase a new one.
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This is most often caused by the filaments shorting when the bulb blows, or by not disconnecting the microwave from the power line when removing or installing a bulb.
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