Good bye Micro-wave!

bye bye AH - it's been an honor serving us :D
Philippines
June 29, 2011 5:03am CST
It's been a long time since we had this American Home Microwave. I can't recall the exact count but i think it's half a decade old and it's really not working.why? for one thing since this morning, we have been pushing the botton, there's something going on inside but the numbers aren't counting down. with that i think it's assumed that the Microwave has truly gone whack. we don't be able to buy a new one for the next couple of months.
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14 responses
@mysdianait (63950)
• Italy
29 Jun 11
Is it really a problem now that it doesn't work? What did you use it for and what did you use to do the same thing prior to having your microwave? You can now go back to saving electricity once again as micrwaves are not a necessity.
@makatas (1103)
• Greece
29 Jun 11
For me, microwave oven is useful. Before buying one we put the food in a saucepan and heated it on the electric stove for 10 minutes (consumption: more than 4 times the consumption of microwave oven). After buying the microwave oven, 20seconds for each member of the family.
@mysdianait (63950)
• Italy
29 Jun 11
I have electric rings too but I have a set of saucepans for over 28 years now which reduce consumption. They have special bottoms which retain the heat and cook without any form of heat underneath them. In Italy they ae made by AMC but elsewhere I would not know who makes them.
@makatas (1103)
• Greece
29 Jun 11
We do have "special" saucepans that warm fast and retain heat longer but the consumption is, more or less, decided mainly by the stove itself. It is a high consumption device which if used for long boosts the expense son electricity. Microwave oven is high consumption device too, but it is made to work for seconds.
@louievill (15849)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
Our microwave oven has not been working for a year, and I never bought another one, I never really found it to be a necessity so it's in the store room now together with the hot and cold water dispenser, our house can do without them and it only makes electric bill goes up, we also seldom use the rice cooker ever since electricity became more expensive than LPG so we just use the old fashioned "caldero", all the savings goes to paying air-conditioning expenses which I think we need more.
@mysdianait (63950)
• Italy
29 Jun 11
My thoughts too! I have never ever had a microwave and I do without a lot of gadgets that were only invented to make us part with our hard-earned cash
@makatas (1103)
• Greece
29 Jun 11
A/C consumes around 3,000 - 4,000 Watts. Microwave consumes maximum 1,000 Watts and is only used for seconds, while A/C is used for hours. My opinion is, you can save few seconds off A/C to heat your food. The difference in consumption is so much that 20 seconds without A/C would be same as 1-2minutes of microwave usage. By the way I am not a microwave maniac, but when it comes to heating the food you cooked earlier, it is the fastest, most economic and most efficient way.
@mysdianait (63950)
• Italy
29 Jun 11
I don't have A/C either I live in Italy (well not right now but that is whee my home is) and it gets darn hot there for what? ... 2 months of the year maybe? A fan will do fine
@dragon54u (31297)
• United States
29 Jun 11
If it's just the timer that is broken you can use a kitchen timer or your nose to tell you when the food is done. Don't throw it away if it's doing everything but timing the cycle! I have a microwave that I bought 4 years ago, just a little thing with knobs instead of electronic readouts. I figured the less bells and whistles it has, the less there is to break down. And it was cheap! So use a kitchen timer or count down in your head if need be. If it still works, it's still good, just a little inconvenient.
@makatas (1103)
• Greece
29 Jun 11
Agreed, if the rest of microwave over seems to be able to heat the food, go on using it. Who cares on the digital display on time when we got watches?
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello dragon54u, I think there is something else that needs to be checked. not only the timer isn't working but some how it's acting strangely. though it's some how running but the heater isn't working. definitely something wrong with it inside. it's either we buy one or have it fix by technician which is a lot more expensive.
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@dragon54u (31297)
• United States
30 Jun 11
Letran, if there is something else maybe you should replace it. While there is no heating element in there (it excites molecules and that's what heats things up) it could be leaking microwaves if it's acting strangely. If it's not heating/cooking food properly of course you should throw it out. They are cheap enough (at least here in the U.S.) so that buying a new one costs less than having it fixed. Good luck!
@makatas (1103)
• Greece
29 Jun 11
If you got some technical knowledge you can open it up and check around the circuitry a bit. I suspect an issue with the power supply part.
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
Does your microwave have maintenance service with its supplier? Try to get them to service it, they know what to doon those kind of situations. But if you can live without microwave then it would be better. I once did an observation on how strongly using the microwave open affects our electric bill. I switched off all our appliances in the house including the lights. I turned on the microwave and observe the spin of the electric meter. I compared it with other appliances and it really is a big pain in electric bills! From then on we only limit the use of our microwave oven. Haha!
@makatas (1103)
• Greece
29 Jun 11
The microwave meter consumes around 1000 W. That is not few consumption, but not too much either, Besides it's mainly used for food heating and thus will not be used for long.
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@allen0187 (24487)
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
hi letran knight. does your microwave still able to heat food? maybe it is only the led in the timer display that is broke but it can still function well. if that is the case, i really wouldn't fret so much about it because it can still heat/cook food and only the timer is broken. anyway, a quick stop to the repair shop should fix the problem. don't go rushing to buy a new one since the microwave might still be operational. another thing to check is the warranty. you mentioned that it is almost five years since you bought the microwave. might be a long shot but there is a slim chance that it is still covered by its warranty. you might want to check that one out. i have a microwave at home but i seldom use it. yes it has its benefits but nowadays before i purchase a new appliance i really weigh my options and check if i can go about my everyday life without the new appliance i'm planning to purchase. hopefully, everything works out well and you're able to fix your microwave or at least get a new one.
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello Allen, We'd think about it but i just move it away to the store room so that it won't be use by every one. if there's a problem and it can be fix, then it can wait. the warranty is sure gone since usually in our country it takes only a few months warranty and mine had been around for years.
@allen0187 (24487)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
yeah, the warranty of most appliances here in the country only lasts a couple of years. there are a couple that offer lifetime warranty but there are stipulations that these manufacturer's use to squeal out of their obligations so the hapless consumer has no choice but to actually pay for the repair or altogether purchase a new appliance. anyway, i'm sure you'll do well without the microwave.
@SIMPLYD (73970)
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
You can have it repaired. But basing from the number of its service years you mentioned i guess, it is already irreparable. I guess, you need to buy a new one . [ We too have a microwave at home, but we only use it to heat left-overs. Even our cooking range, we haven't used its electric stove since it was bought . We fear that our electric bill will skyrocket.
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello Simplyd, Yeah, we never have this problem in recent years but probably poor proper cleaning made it whack this time. that's what we do exactly, heat left overs, maybe i should start using electric stove. we are tired of buying Gas every month that cost 10$ and rising.
@SIMPLYD (73970)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
But using the electric stove will be most costlier. According to my brother-in-law, it consumes a lot of electricity, in so short a time. That's why at home, we avoid using it.
@jaiho2009 (39079)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
dear LK, Say goodbye to radiation and toxins too. I am not saying that only micro wave gives harm ,but even our mobile phone give us harm. Then you can eat your food without processing to the micro wave
@makatas (1103)
• Greece
29 Jun 11
Radiation from the microwave oven? How come? You have noticed I guess that there is a door on the device which has to stay closed else it will not work. The metallic covers trap the microwaves inside. What could possibly go out of it and do us harm? Plus, have you seen anything that traps the microwaves from cellphones from partying in your brain? There is nothing of course else the phone will not work. Let's be reasonable when comparing risks.
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello Jaiho Sis, Yes, I've heard there's radiation in the microwave so it's best not to use it anymore before anything happens. luckily my mobile phone is not close to me most of the time.i only check it when ever i have the time to see the messages, and catch usually sends me messages.
• United Arab Emirates
30 Jun 11
well there are other alternative that you can use even without your microwave. We use our microwave only for heating food but we don't use it as often. In our home country electricity is very expensive so we prefer not to use it regularly.
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello somethingbig, unfortunately, we use it often. but i guess we gotta get used to not using it since something went wrong with our microwave. probably poor and lack of cleaning of the appliance had finally broke the microwave. i agree it is indeed expensive.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
30 Jun 11
Yeah. I think it is time to replace the microwave for sure. We had to replace ours last year. Ours went haywire too.
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello steph, How long before you're microwave went broke? we had our for years but we had another micro before the one that got screwed up now.
• United States
30 Jun 11
my microwave quit working today too!! i woke up this morning and the clock on it wasnt on and i just thought that the power might have went out overnite but then went to use it and nope doesnt work i tried everything but its just time to get a new one
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello Sarah, Yeah, it's better not using when they are not working in the first place. better move them to the storage before any one else could use them. don't worry you can still buy a new one.
@youless (85314)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Jun 11
It is so inconvenient to be without a microwave oven. I already get used to it. It really saves lots of the time when I am cooking. Is it possible for you to get it fixed in the after-sale department? I think perhaps the cost will be cheaper than buying a new microwave oven. I love China
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello Youless, Well, I am going to see this within a matter of days. the microwave was bought years ago,definitely no longer fit for free repairs.actually it's a lot more expensive in my country to have it repaired than buying a new one. you see if they repaired it and it went wrong, then the consequences would be more disasterous.
@dismalgrin (2470)
• United States
29 Jun 11
Well I don't have a Microwave right now. They are way too expensive and my new apartment really doesn't have the counter space for one. I decided a coffee maker and a toaster were more important to me than a microwave so I have those. If I get enough money I will get a microwave cart for the kitchen and get a small microwave to put on top of it. But, for now there is too much other to get.
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
Hello dismalgrin, Aw, ok, that's good to know. I guess microwaves are too expensive in the US. even here microwaves can be expensive, and we don't know the difference of buying a the real deal and the fake cheap ones. well, toaster and coffee maker is important too. but we usually use the water heater.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
28 Aug 11
Every machine has it's lifespan. I suggest you to replace a new microwave oven when your financial is better. When a machine has reached it's lifespan, it is useless for you to fix it. At the end, the money you pay for the repair will be about the same or higher than the cost to buy a new microwave oven.
@KrauseHome (32872)
• United States
5 Jul 11
Sorry to hear that your Microwave went out. The nice thing is that a lot of times you can get one really cheap now, and if you check like Craigslist sometimes you might even find one for Free. I know we would be lost without our Microwave as they do come in handy for so many things.