when a power surge or lightening strike somewhere along the line cooks a
microwave oven? Is there some internal breaker that can be replaced? I'm
gettin tired of buying new ones every four to six months.
get a whole house surge supressor put on the main panel.......
A friend had this trouble and also put a hefty UPS on his microwave,
it had $$ protection if anything got fried, he hasnt had a problem
Thanks folks. I've had the surge protectors. For some reason they work
everywhere else but on the dang microwaves. I even tried a couple of
expensive ones. I just bought another microwave so I'm going to take the old
out to the workshop and take the cover off and look around. I was kinda
worried about radiation but I figure, heck in the military I worked for
awhile in an Atlas F missle silo and I'm still here.
About surge protectors, the price you pay has nothing to do with how good they
are. The thing that matters most is how fast they can respond to a surge and
then how much energy they can handle. You need to find surge protectors that
respond in LESS than 5ns (nanoseconds) and then the higher the joules the
I too had problems with surges, but now i have a decent protector between
every electronic device (about 7$ each )and its outlet, plus i bought
a "whole house" surge box ($75) thats wired into the main panel. I've not had
any trouble since - none - and its been several years.
I would recommend - read read read till you know what is what about surge
Maybe look into that circuit - outlet for grounding, house - panel
grounding and a surge protector on the panel, If its only the
microwave its likely that circuit wired wrong.
Thanks, been there done that. With every circuit in the place.
Have you had the main water pipe ground checked for a good connection? Do
you have ground rods installed? Is all of your internal metal piping
bonded? All of these will help with lightning protection and should be up
to par before you install surge suppressors.
You could try calling the power company and explain the situation. Perhaps
there is something that they could do for you. Maybe their ground rod at
the transformer is defective.
Find one of the spring type timers (maybe 0 to 30 minutes) connect that
into the line. Then just turn the knob to 5 minutes, put in the popcorn for
4 minutes, and enjoy.
Here's an example of a 15 minute timer.
I don't see any current ratings so you may need a seperate relay, it would
be nice to have a large space between the contacts when open.
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