We are all guilty of relying on our microwave far too much – where would we be without it? That little machine allows us to cook some of the best meals in the shortest amount of time! So, it is vital that we ensure our microwave is always kept in tip top condition.
From its appearance to cleaning it, here is how to keep it looking its best.
Prevent condensation on the glass
Have you found condensation between the glass of the microwave door? There’s no need to panic as this is perfectly normal. Moisture from the food you are heating can get trapped in between the pieces of glass as there is no difference in temperatures. The best way to stop condensation from appearing on your microwave door is to ensure food is always covered when being heated.
Banish foggy glass after purchasing
Have you ever bought a new appliance and found the glass to be foggy? This is perfectly normal and is due to the production process. You should find that the fog will disappear of its own accord shortly after you’ve set up the microwave so give it time.
Repair loose or damaged parts
If you find that certain parts of your microwave are either loose or damaged, refrain from using it and call out an engineer as it may be unsafe to use in its current state. You will find all the information you need to provide us with in the user manual for your microwave, and should make a note of the following:
- Model number
- Product number (PNC)
- ELC number
- Serial number
Clean your microwave
It is vital that you clean your microwave oven on a regular basis to maintain its working life and prevent a dangerous situation. A simple damp cloth is the best way to clean a microwave but further information can be found here.
Use the right equipment for your microwave
The secret to looking after your microwave and keeping it in perfect condition is to ensure you are always using the right equipment – if you fail to do this you could cause a large amount of harm.
One of the most common mistakes we make is using the wrong type of shelving in your microwave. You should be sure to only use the wire racks and shelving that were originally provided with the microwave as these have been safety tested. If you require additional shelving or wire racks, be sure to purchase the same type.
Use the right cookware in your microwave
Likewise, it is important that the correct cookware is used in the microwave. The best way to test if your cookware is suitable is to place the piece of cookware into a pot with a glass half full of water and then place it in the microwave for one minute (800W).
If the object feels hot when removed from the microwave after this then it is not safe to use. It is also worth remembering that anything metal or with a metal trim should never be used in a microwave.
Tackling weird noises from your microwave
You should note that now and again you may hear your microwave make an odd noise; this is simply the fan being activated in order to cool down the microwave after cooking and can continue for up to 12 minutes after use.
If, however, a noise is made during cooking then you should check that your food is not touching the side of the microwave to cause the knocking sound or prevent the plate from rotating smoothly.
A beeping sound is often heard when the microwave is heating up or when it has finished cooking your food and is not sign of a technical fault so do not worry if you hear this noise.
With these tips and hints, your microwave is guaranteed to remain in perfect condition throughout its lifetime.
Read on to find out about errors that can occur with your microwave.