Microwave oven repair can be a do-it-yourself project, but many people prefer to use a specialist. If you need repair work, you may be able to send your microwave to the manufacturer or drop it off at a small appliance repair shop. Below are several terms to be familiar with when using microwave repair services or fixing a microwave yourself.
Microwave Installation - Some microwave ovens are built into cabinetry and must be installed, unlike counter top microwaves. Microwaves are usually installed by a contractor completing a kitchen improvement project. Once a microwave is installed, an appliance technician may need to come to the home to fix any problems.
Touchpad - The part of a microwave where the buttons to control cooking time and power level are located. Error messages will appear on the display integrated with the touchpad on some models when the microwave is not working properly.
Turntable - A tray on wheels within a microwave that rotates to allow food to cook evenly. The turntable in a microwave is controlled by a motor, which may breakdown and need to be replaced.
Warranty - A promise to a consumer to replace a product or refund its cost if it breaks due to normal wear and tear or defect. A manufacturer's warranty typically comes with all kitchen appliances, and most stores offer extended warranties. If a microwave is under warranty and breaks, it will be repaired free of charge.
Replacement Microwave Parts - Parts to replace damaged or non-functioning microwave components. Parts for a particular microwave are identified by the model number. Microwave parts that commonly need to be removed and replaced include fuses, door fasteners, and light bulbs.
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Microwave oven repairing is often less expensive than purchasing a new microwave. After all, appliances like this can be quite expensive. Fortunately there are some shops and manufacturers that repair microwave ovens, and replace damaged or nonfunctional parts. It is typically necessary to either contact the manufacturer and provide the model number of your kitchen appliance, or simply take it to a nearby shop for necessary repairs. As you may know, there are specialists that deal with all kinds of kitchen appliances like this.
Before you replace or install a new microwave model, it is prudent to do some troubleshooting with the old one. You can simply remove the compact oven from your kitchen, and then contact the company that made the product. Sometimes these manufacturers can assist you over the phone, and help you fix the microwave. Since this is an electric appliance, it should be unplugged for safety. Depending on where you live, there may be a few different appliance repair shops nearby. It is often helpful to take the oven in for testing and repairs. This way the expert can check into the parts, switches, touchpad, and fuses the product has. Maybe the internal chamber requires maintenance, and maybe it is just the door latch.
One way to learn more about microwave oven repairs and damage prevention is by contacting the manufacturer of the appliance. This is not difficult to do, and if you do not have the contact number, it is likely provided online via the company’s official website.