Once you get your first high quality microwave, the added convenience makes it hard to go back to just cooking most of your food on a stove or in the oven. But while microwaves can last quite a long time when you clean their interiors regularly, there are many little things you'll need to do if you want to keep using your particular microwave for as long as you possibly can. To maximize the lifespan of your microwave, take special care to prevent these three components from breaking down.
The Base Of The Cord When It's Pressed Against The Wall
If the specialized cord on your microwave breaks for any reason, ordering just the right replacement part will be a huge hassle. This is especially true if the base of the cord tears when it's pressed too hard against the wall because some of the parts keeping the cord attached to the microwave will probably snap at the same time.
For a microwave tucked securely in a nook between kitchen cabinets, it's important to pull out the machine periodically and inspect the cord for any abnormalities. If the microwave is instead on a counter against the wall with nothing immediately surrounding it, all you'll have to do is make sure there's enough space for the cord to move around a little when you touch it.
The Main Cooling Fan And Its Grille
Too much dust on the cooling fan will mean that heat will have a hard time exiting your microwave before it starts causing damage to internal electronic components. To mitigate this problem, while the microwave is off and disconnected, find the cooling fan grille on your microwave and blow air into it with an air can.
You'll know that you're making progress when you can see the cooling fan move from side to side in response to the air stream. Since your microwave's cooling fan grille is probably in the back where it's hard to reach, you might as well also take this opportunity to lightly tap the grille's holes with a soapy towel.
The Microwave's Door Latches And Everything They Touch
While it's certainly important to clean the surface that actually has to hold food, it's easy to overlook how important it is to also clean both the microwave's door latches and the recesses the latches rest in. If you don't, it'll gradually take more and more force to open the microwave door. Eventually, you'll have to pull so hard that you risk dislodging the door completely and causing permanent damage. If you can't figure out what's wrong with your microwave, contact a repair company for help.