I have a Sanyo domestic microwave oven approximately 8 years old that
still functions all right. The problem is that the floor of the oven
on which the glass turntable rotates on its spindle is rusted through
in one or two places. The turntable still rotates okay, but if the
floor is left to rust through further, sooner or later the little
carrier wheels that support the turntable will get trapped and the
turntable will lock up or something.
How could I repair the base of the oven? I have thought of Kurust
first, followed by a layer of epoxy resin soaked fibreglass from
Halfords. Any other ideas? It seems daft to buy a new microwave if the
actual heating feature works fine.
Similar oven here:
I'd say you were wrong about the daftness. 1. Would you cook in a
rusty saucepan? 2. If the holes are of any size then the microwave
cavity will no longer be intact which is not a good thing. 3. They're
cheap, one like the picture you linked to will cost you all of £25 in
Asda or somewhere similar. If you value your time at all then it's
cost effective to replace. You'll spend half the replacement cost on
'stuff' and then time as well and still be left with a crappy old
microwave anyway. If it makes you feel bad then make sure you recycle
it nicely. Design life is ~5 years so even if you do fix it the
microwave generator will probably pack up soon anyway!
replying to Fash, Michigan wrote:
Hmmm.. why fix i perfectly functional machine when you can add it to the rubbish
tip and just frivolously buy another.. repeatedly.. year after year after year
Your problem is any repair is going to have to be 'invisible' to the
microwaves, otherwise you will cook your repair along with your ready
meals, not only that but if the microwaves get deflected and your door
seal is not 100 percent you might also cook yourself!
Quite frankly, whilst I know that this is a DIY group, with new
microwaves being circa 50 UKP in the supermarkets....
Any small metal particals which become detached from the oven case will
causing arcing and burning - which is why rust in an oven gets rapidly
worse. Any repair you needs to be well bonded to the rest of the case
liner, if it is at all conductive to microwaves and any holes in the
lining can permit microwaves to escape and put you at risk. So
generally the only sensible economic option is to buy a new oven and if
you want longevity, get a stainless lined one.
I had exactly the same thing happen on my LG. In the early days a bit
of foil causes some arcing which took the paint off under the turntable
and I failed to touch it up. Of course moisture collects there, so the
bare spot is repeatedly dosed with boiling water so rusts all the
quicker. It's a good reason to buy one with a SS interior, though they
tend to be more expensive.
Tony Bryer SDA UK 'Software to build on' http://www.sda.co.uk
Really not a smart idea. Rust holes are an immediate safety test
failure as they tend to let the microwave radiation out. Time for a
new oven. Next time keep an eye open and sort any rust long before it
gets that bad.
In the end I bought it from Sainsbury's. I tried the local
independent: Daywoo: £37. Spalding independent: Sanyo: £59. Boston
Comet: £39.99. Sainsbury's: Own brand: £23.97. All are manual. I don't
need fancy pushbuttons on the front panel. The Sanyo was 800W, all the
others 700W. It'll suit my minimal requirements for a few years, no
doubt. Shame they're all boring white nowadays. I wouldn't touch a
silver one with a bargepole; they look totally naff. Sainsbury's also
had a stainless steel own brand one for another four quid, but that
looked totally naff as well. Hinari do pale blue or pale yellow
(cream) ones, but Hinari haven't much of a reputation, I think. And
anyway, they were way more expensive.
On Sat, 16 Jun 2007 09:55:44 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Who knows? My 14" Sony Portable TV is still going strong after sixteen
years. It broke a few days after the guarantee expired when it was two
years old, and I thought, oh, right, planned obsolescence. But since
the repair it's worked fine. The front panel covering the tuning
gubbins fell off ages ago, but the TV works fine. It'll probably still
be working when I buy my first digital TV in around 2016.
replying to MM, Alien wrote:
I bought a Sainburys own brand stainless steel microwave, the clock never kept
time within the first month. The base floor under the rotory plate had a hole in
it within three months. I would love to show the photos, but that nasty company
has more money than I have!
When our Panasonic microwave failed after about 5 years I took it off for
repair and was quoted about £125 when a brand new one was 20 quid more.
Needless to say we went for a brand new one.
I know. And the council keeps telling us to recycle. How much better
to design things to be repairable, as once was the norm. Imagine just
buying ONE washing machine, ONE toaster and never having to buy
another. I mean, what washing machine is dumped because the drum is
worn out? Same with the outer casing. The modern way is designed only
to suit fat capitalists. Think of the work there'd be for thouands of
trained workers to repair appliances. Much more rewarding, mentally
and physically, than a call centre. I imagine a world in which the
local Replacement Officer calls unannounced to remove your appliances
that are older than, say, six months. "Sorry, Mrs Jones, but you know
the law. New one every quarter, otherwise it's a £5,000 fine and two
years in the slammer." Well, this IS Britain, after all. A place where
the state can get away with anything.
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