S > My microwave oven, a 10-year-old Tappan 1000 watt, has
S > kicked the bucket. Is it worth it to try to have it
S > repaired (are microwave ovens "repairable")? Do they have
S > fuses that can be changed by a lay person?
IMO you would be better off to buy a new microwave. The new ones are
a lot less expensive than what you paid for your's - in some cases
less than $80.00.
Your old m/w no longer puts out 1000 Watts: the magnetron 'wears out',
much like a fluorescent bulb slowly puts out less light. Also the
lifespan of a magnetron is 12 years IIRC.
Yes,, there is generally a fuse inside, which may or may not be user-
repairable - depends on the type of fuse and if you can solder. The
part that concerns me more is proper replacement of the covers so as
to not allow the microwave energy to leak out. Cooking what's inside
the cavity is good; cooking you on the outside is bad.
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