How old is your Microwave oven if you have one?

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@SketcherD (1114)
Canada
November 3, 2008 12:06pm CST
I have a Microwave that is 20 years old. I know they wear out but this one still works and I hate to get rid of it. That seems wasteful. How often do you buy a new Microwave? How long should one keep a Microwave? Do they really emit microwaves into the air after a certain length of time? What do you think?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
3 Nov 08
mine is years old, i don't even know how many for sure at least 10 years old i would think. maybe more. i just get a new one when the one i have plays out. don't know if that's wise or not but i don't usually buy anything till i have to.
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@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
Ya I think we have had a good run with this one though and I am really sick of it. It does'nt look nice in the new kitchen we renovated ourselves.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
4 Nov 08
it's hard to get everything like u want it, isn't it? don't guess we ever realy do. lol
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
My current microwave is only a few months old. I bought it in either late April or early May. I don't remember which. The microwave I had before that was still working alright, but I figured it was coming near its end, after using it daily for over 10 years. I gave it away to someone who presumably needed one, or wanted to use it to replace an even older one.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
That's why I think 21 years of owning this microwave is enough. I shouldn't feel guilty about getting rid of it.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
Don't feel guilty about it. If it's still in working condition, you could still freecycle it, or donate it.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
Great idea!
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@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Our microwave is four years, and I would not be able to answer the other questions, I would keep mine for as long as it works and since it is mainly use by my daughter, I seldom use it, I would not think it is that harmful to us.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
5 Nov 08
No I wouldn't think so after four years it shouldn't be harmful.
• United States
4 Nov 08
Ours is probably about as old as I am and I'm 22. We usually don't get rid of appliances too easily unless they just do not work anymore. I'd like to get a new microwave, a nice updated version as you can tell that ours is ancient but, it still works so we haven't replaced it. I really can't believe that thing works. It's amazing really.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
Yes but I have heard that older microwaves leak and that is what I am worried about honestly. I don't like to through out appliances the work either but when it comes to our health being affected I will get rid of it.
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
4 Nov 08
WOW 20 year old microwave? That is longer than my 8 year marriage, and you say it is still kicking eh? What make and model? I need to get one of them. I hate spending money on things like that, honestly; they seem to make things to break down within a year's or so time these days. I have to actually replace my present microwave, as it broke down a few weeks ago. No warning either, just went kaput. I am interesting in investing in a microwave that will last me 20+ years from now, you bethca!
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
It's called a Citizen! I have never heard of them except for this microwave. Maybe they went out of business because their microwaves lasted too long.
@lilcee (2704)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Hi ScetcherD. My microwave is only three years old. That's because I got a new double-wide three years ago and it came with the appliances already in it. I don't know about them emitting microwaves after a certain time. I heard they do but I don't know if it's true or not.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
I think it is time at least to look into a new one because we just did the kitchen over ourselves including putting down the kitchen floor and I don't like the look of the old one in here now. It's way to big and old looking. I think I will go get a new one for $100 or so.
@ajay043 (779)
• India
3 Nov 08
my microwave oven is just few months old and i got it as a gift from my uncle....and it is panasonic
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
Those Panasonics are good no matter what they are I find.
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
Our microwave oven only lasted for 3 years i think. then it was broken. I believe it's not healthy to keep it a long time due to its radiation.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
Yes that is what I am worried about with our 20 year old one.
@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
3 Nov 08
I honestly have no idea how old my microwave is. I believe that I have had it for quite a while. However, I believe that if something still works, then keep using it! Don't buy a new one until you HAVE to! :)
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
That's what I think too. But ours takes so very long to do anything anymore I think it is wearing out. I think it is giving up frankly.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
3 Nov 08
I just bought a microwave about 6 months ago. My other ones was about 4 years old. It was smoking and just quit all at once. I bought a better one this time. I am hoping that it will last longer.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
Yes I think if my microwave started to smoke I would get rid of mine as well.