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Microwave Maintenance Tips

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning the inside of a microwave The best way to take care of it is to wipe down the inside after every use.

Microwave Maintenance Tips

When you reheat last night's dinner, delicious aromas fill your home in Waterloo, OK. However, if you detect a smoke smell when you activate the appliance, it probably needs some attention. There are several things you should be doing on a regular basis to maintain your above-range oven.

Microwave Cleaning Strategies
It doesn't take long for the inside of the appliance to get dirty. Sauces and other foods often splatter the walls. The best way to take care of it is to wipe down the inside after every use. Not many homeowners want to take the time to do this, though. Instead, you can steam the inside on a weekly basis using substances you probably already have in your kitchen:

  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Water

Fill a glass bowl with water and add a few tablespoons of each acid to the mix. Heat for a few minutes and then let it sit with the door closed for a few more. When you open it, all you have to do is wipe down the interior surfaces. The food particles and associated smoke smell are gone!

Above-Range Filter Changes
If your appliance does not vent to the outside, you need to change your charcoal filter on a regular basis. Fire restoration experts recommend that you change the filter at least every six months. You should also wipe down the vent grill before you add the new filter to remove any grease that has accumulated.

Lightbulb Swaps
An above-range appliance offers convenient lighting for your cooktop. This feature is only effective if you replace burnt-out bulbs. Keep a stock of them in your maintenance supplies so that you can switch them out efficiently when needed.
You don't necessarily have to buy a new appliance if you notice a smoke smell when you use it. It's probably just a sign that it needs more frequent maintenance.

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