You obviously are extremely unfamiliar with Sharp microwaves. I used
to repair microwaves for a living, and I won't own anything other than
a Sharp. The same is true for most restaurants. Many of them use the
CONSUMER models, because they hold up so well.
I would think that a consumer MW used in a restaurant would suffer failed
door switches in a short time,from higher than normal use.
My question is; why are the newer MW's failing in only a few years?
There's not that much to a MW oven.
The consumer will not pay what it takes to build
a nice one here in America. So, we are all stuck
with cheap, Chinese crap! (No offense to the Chinese,
they are just following specifications from their American
It very well might. I'd guess more like 20 years on average, but more
is always possible.
Overall, I don't think of Sharp as making exceptional stuff other than
their microwaves. Their microwaves, however, are clearly superior.
The button panel will likely wear out before that. I had an Amana
RadarRange that lasted almost 25 years, the readout panel wore out at
20 years so you could not see any numbers on the display, but still it
worked. The labyrinth door was very heavy and solid, but today you
get el cheapo crap made in China.
The reviews on the web say that the small model
I am after is horrible. Remarks like the covers
on the membrane switches rub off. After a few
months they were only able to heat on popcorn,
etc. (Reviews mainly from Amazon.com)
What do you think of the Kenmores?
That is what I gathered. Problem: the genusis that wired
my house put all the kitchen (except the stoves 220), the
dining room, the garage, and half the living room on
the same run. So I have to watch my amps. Anything over
9 amps (input) on the kitchen microwave and I am going to
be out in the snow resetting breakers. :-(
One of my houses was like that. I ran 220 to a branch box and used
that to take some of the load and distribute it a bit. That freed up a
few breakers at the main box, and one became a dedicated circuit for
Yeah, it was a bit of a project. I felt it was worth it, to not have
that constant annoyance of deficient wiring everywhere.
yeah,I've seen them advertised,but mine has a bigger cavity,and it's paid
Plus I'm proud that I fixed it and that it's lasted so long!
I've found that many of the college students that rent here throw away
their working MW ovens when they graduate and move away.
I could have several if I wanted.
On Wed 20 Jan 2010 08:17:53p, Jim Yanik told us...
The Panasonic has models with a larger cavity. I didn't need one that
large, plus I also have an over the range unit as well.
You couldn't give me a 30+ year old m/w with the antique technology and
lack of features.
~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
On Fri, 22 Jan 2010 02:29:22 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
My house came with a 80's litton range microwave that developed a bad
stirer -- it wasn't a turntable and it used a mechanical spinner to
distribute the microwaves. I took it apart and couldn't find it.
Then I figured that I'd lost trace of which of the 50 screws went
where so I chucked it.
Ended up with a samsung that was basically the the third cheapest
on in the store. It's main features are an exhaust fan that can
move a huricane and an easy user interface that can run a countdown
timer while still cooking. It has a sensor but I never use it.
It has programmed menu options that I never us either. I always
use time and power level and am never surprised.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.