Microwave Oven Tip
The most common “cold spot” for a microwave is in the center of it, so arrange evenly sized portions of food spaced in a ring around the center for more even cooking.
Routine Care Task
Inspect and clean
This task reduces potential safety hazards and improves the operating energy efficiency of your microwave.
Timing: January (yearly)
The following maintenance tasks are recommended for inspecting and cleaning of your microwave oven:
Clean inside cavity with mild detergent and water. Rinse and wipe with paper towel. If spots seem dried on, then boil water in a glass cup for a few minutes and let the steam help loosen the soiled area. Do not use a scouring pad, steel wool, or other abrasives.
Clean around the door and door seal, and make sure door closes tightly.
If your unit has a turntable, then be sure to clean underneath it.
To remove odors, boil a solution of a cup of water and several tablespoons of lemon juice in the microwave for 5-7 minutes.
Clean grease and dust from around the air vents.
Check inside light bulb, clean or replace as necessary.
The benefits of this task are moderately high. Doing this task can help improve the efficiency of your microwave oven and extend its useful life.
The cost of this task is relatively low. It is estimated that this task should only take about 60 minutes to complete, depending on the type of microwave oven that you have and your manufacturer’s recommended cleaning procedure.