How to Maintain the Performance of Your Over-the-Range Microwave

There’s a reason why over-the-range microwave ovens are so popular. Learn how to keep this space-saving and practical appliance in good working order!

Few appliances in today’s Colorado Springs kitchens compare to an over-the-range microwave oven for quick heating, defrosting, and melting of our favorite dishes while preserving critical counter space.

Because installing an over-the-range microwave is more time-consuming and expensive than installing a countertop one, many Southern Colorado residents are looking for ways to keep this important device in good working order. Here are some of our best ideas for keeping over-the-range microwaves in good working order. While this article focuses on over-the-range microwaves, many of the recommendations can be applied to any microwave. So keep reading!

Cleaning Your Over-The-Range Microwave

Remove Spills Immediately

Microwaves get their fair share of drips, spills, and splatters, whether it’s sizzling pasta sauce or overflowing porridge. Do yourself and your microwave a favor and clean up the debris as soon as the offending dish is removed. Even if you don’t see anything that needs cleaning, scrubbing it with soapy water once a week will help prevent a lot of problems. Food particles, grease, and filth build-up can lead to malfunctions and even fires!

Furthermore, the polka-dot pattern on the door has a purpose. The metal screen in the door itself is not interfered with by this coating. Cleaning the door of caked-on food and oil keeps the required film from wearing down and sparking when cooking.

Maintain the rotation of the turntable

A glass turntable is found in most current microwave ovens, which spins the dish to guarantee even heating. Make that the turntable is properly aligned on the guides and that they aren’t bent or brushing up against the edges. Food particles can become lodged in the turntable and cause it to malfunction.

Gently close the door.

When you close the door on your microwave, do you hear a click? The sound of multiple plastic locks locking in place can be heard. Slamming the door of your over-the-range microwave causes extra wear and tear on the hinges, and it may prevent the latch from properly aligning and latching the door during operation.

Use the Cooking Times That Have Been Pre-Set

Use the microwave presets instead of guessing how long it will take to defrost your chicken. These presets were chosen by the manufacturer as the ideal cooking, defrosting, and melting times for your microwave’s size and voltage. Put your faith in technology to do its job. Your meals will taste better, and you will save money.

Never use a microwave when it’s empty.

This microwave maintenance advice is about how the microwave works. The waves have nothing to cook in an empty microwave. As a result, the waves will continue to bounce around because there will be nothing to absorb them. While this may not cause immediate harm to the components, running on empty for a lengthy period of time can damage the magnetron and other components, as well as leave burn marks on the interior.

Don’t take any chances if you notice burn marks in your over-the-range microwave. Discontinue use and book a diagnostic appointment with a reputable microwave appliance repair firm.

Aluminum foil or other metals should not be used.

While this may seem obvious, aluminum foil, metal utensils, or even a small piece of steel wool leftover from cleaning a particularly large mess can all cause harm to your microwave. When metal is used in a microwave, it can harm the magnetron and other components, as well as burn a hole in the cavity wall.

You not only risk harming your over-the-range microwave, but you also create a fire hazard that is easily avoidable.

If you notice sparking or hear a popping sound that isn’t coming from a bag of popcorn, turn the microwave off right once, disconnect it, and check for any metal on the inside.

Activate the exhaust fan

While the preceding suggestions apply to all microwave oven models, the next two are exclusive to over-the-range microwaves. The first step is to make sure the range’s exhaust fan is turned on. You may not realize it, but moisture and heat from your stovetop can damage your over-the-range microwave if the built-in exhaust fan is not switched on and kept clean. Moisture and heat can wreak havoc on your microwave’s electronic components, causing it to fail sooner rather than later.

Clean Your Range’s Grease Filter

Another range feature is the grease filter, which is located just beneath your over-the-range microwave. The filter gathers grease that, if not removed, might cause your microwave oven to malfunction and perhaps present a fire danger. The grease filter is usually simple to remove (if dirty) and clean in the sink with dish soap and water.

When Is It Time To Call In The Experts?

If the preceding maintenance advice for your over-the-range microwave oven isn’t sufficient, don’t assume you’ll have to spend money on an expensive replacement appliance and installation charges. For years, we have been repairing and servicing microwaves and other household appliances at Brisbane Appliance Repair Service. We look forward to the chance to live up to our name and reputation by offering the best and most dependable appliance repair services on the Front Range. To schedule your free diagnostic session, call us today.

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