I didn't say I couldn't fix it. I have fixed hundreds of them back when it was
still a reasonable thing to do. The problem is that it would be economically
STUPID to fix a 10 or 17 year old microwave.
You seem to have the market cornered on "stupid"
Commodore Joe Redcloud
Uh, Joe... The original poster has a regular old microwave that can be replaced
for less than $130.
Your 17 year old microwave is no longer worth $500, and you are not going to
repair it for "a few bucks for some parts". If it is used in a place of
business, you can't repair it yourself anyway. OSHA would crucify you, and any
lawsuits brought by workers exposed to radiation would have a very easy time
suing you.. After any repairs, regardless of what they are, the unit would have
to be leak tested and certified in writing by a licensed technician using a
certified and calibrated instrument.
Commodore Joe Redcloud
Calm down. :-) Most people are not going to be able to repair a 10 year
old microwave for a few dollars. Most people don't have the skills to do it
themselves. They NEED those skills because it is dangerous to work on one
of these without a good knowledge of what is in there and how to stay safe.
They also are likely to have a difficult time fining the parts. Last when
they are done they will have a 10 year old microwave. For some things it
just does not pay to repair.
I have a good idea of how to stay safe around one and could fix them,
but I have only bothered to take the time to fix one, and it only lasted two
additional years (a $5.00 fix in that case) After that I have replaced them
and each time I was happy I did replace them as the new one was better.
As for a ten year old frig, I would seriously consider replacing it as
I have a Panasonic convection microwave that is much older than that. It has a
noisy fan that I would love to replace. I can still get the part but I hate to
touch the thing.
I don't think there is a new Microwave convection oven that is large as this
one. Other than the noisy fan it works perfectly. I use it a dozen times a day.
From warming coffee to cooking 14 pound turkeys.
The HUGE turning platter makes excellent meatballs and bacon on the convection
I'm going to be very bummed when this oven breaks.
On Wed, 11 Jan 2006 18:33:13 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Changing that fan should not be a major problem at all. Just be sure
to unplug the MW and either drain that capacitor, or stay away from
it. If you dont know what a capacitor looks like, look at some of the
appliance parts websites to see pictures. Your fan repair could be
nothing more than a blade that is loose, or could need a new blade or
motor due to worn bearings. Open the case, see what the fan is
hitting, and go from there. Call to find the price of whatever you
need and determine if it is affordable compared to a new MW. One of
my favorite tricks is going to appliance stores and seeing what they
are tossing out. I have come home with appliances identical to mine,
and then I got lots of spare parts. The local shop dont care if I
take this stuff, because he has to PAY to get rid of some appliances,
plus haul them and such... When I am done stripping an appliance, I
drive over the housing with my farm tractor and have a flat piece of
steel to sell for scrap metal. (except refrigerators, the dont crush
On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 10:04:41 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That sounds reasonable enough. If you are worried about that
capacitor, leave the MW unplugged for a few days before you do the
repair. They can still hold a charge though, but tend to drain off
after a few days. Then just keep your hands away from parts other
than the fan. You most likely have a bad bearing in the fan motor.
Those small motors tend to do that. Your whole repair should be
pretty simple. Be sure to put all the case screws back when you are
On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 00:04:08 GMT, Commodore Joe Redcloud
So if the fuse blows or a prong breaks off the plug, you would just
toss it and buy a new MW? Apparently you have too much money, and
have no concern for our environment and natural resources.
Everything wears out eventually and it becomes unrepairable due to
cost or lack of parts, but lets be realistic. I fix anything that can
be fixed, as long as I can get parts and not spend more than a new
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