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Meh - no smoke, no fire - what's the fuss? 3 11.11%
Repair it even though it'll probably cost you 3 times to cost of buying a new one... 0 0%
OMG it's going nuclear, get it out of the house and get a new one! 22 81.48%
Microwave - is that one of them newfangled things? Don't want that in our lovely Switzerland. 2 7.41%
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Old 25.01.2011, 10:43
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Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

Hello you EFers

Last night our microwave went on the blitz.

The Mrs reported that there was a strong smell of burning rubber, and the top of the microwave top was too hot to touch.

Now, this is a cheap microwave, and is 3 years old.

What to do?
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Old 25.01.2011, 10:59
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Hello you EFers

Last night our microwave went on the blitz.

The Mrs reported that there was a strong smell of burning rubber, and the top of the microwave top was too hot to touch.

Now, this is a cheap microwave, and is 3 years old.

What to do?
IMO:

Get rid of it and don't buy another.

I've never seen the need for them - they just take up space in your kitchen.
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Old 25.01.2011, 11:24
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Re: Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

Don't like to hijack threads but also dont want to clutter up the forum with a new one, so I will post my question here.

I also have a dodgy microwave. Actually it works fine and perhaps too much. It blows out the circuit each time I turn it on. Is there any way I can use it normally on my (underpowered) sockets.

The microwave works fine if I turn the power to 60% or less but it takes longer to cook food. It also doesnt make microwave popcorn
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Old 25.01.2011, 11:26
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Re: Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

It's dead, I'm afraid. Repairable in principle but probably not at a reasonable cost in Switzerland.
And I gather it went kaputt while you were using it, from which I deduce that you do use it. No shame in replacing it then.

Do you still have the receipt/warranty slip? If so, you can take it back to that shop for recycling (you'll have already paid for this when you bought the microwave.)
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Old 25.01.2011, 11:33
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I also have a dodgy microwave. Actually it works fine and perhaps too much. It blows out the circuit each time I turn it on. Is there any way I can use it normally on my (underpowered) sockets.
Is it sharing juice with anything else (maybe the refrigerator)? Try moving it to a socket that's on a different circuit breaker.
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Is it sharing juice with anything else (maybe the refrigerator)? Try moving it to a socket that's on a different circuit breaker.
Yes it is sharing juice with the fridge. Obviously not the same socket but the same breaker. I guess I will move the microwave to the living room
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Old 25.01.2011, 11:56
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I guess I will move the microwave to the living room
Worth a try (and who eats microwave popcorn in the kitchen anyway?!)
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Do you still have the receipt/warranty slip? If so, you can take it back to that shop for recycling (you'll have already paid for this when you bought the microwave.)
Thought you could take it to any electical shop, without a receipt.
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Thought you could take it to any electical shop, without a receipt.
Oops - you're right. (I assumed it had to be the shop where you bought it - otherwise why give you the "entsorgung" slip in the first place, eh?)
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Re: Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

i'm more or less in the same position - a 3min popcorn bag takes at least 6...but i also agree that it takes up too much space, so have decided ot be really brave - move it to the cellar (before it's moved out...) to free up some space and buy a coffee machine instead (the kitchen is to small to change your mind in, in any case...)
but we will sure miss that popcorn!
btw - i always thought you can just drop any electrical appliance at e.g. interdiscount and they should take it back?
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1) Place said MW in outdoor area, and use extension cord to plug in.
2) Get Webcam/Vidcam up and running , start filming front of Microwave.
3) Record each of the following on microwave high power settings

i) Eggs in shell
ii) Old CD's
iii) Finely chopped tin foil
iv) Anything else on this list.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 25.01.2011, 12:14
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Re: Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

The concept of this reminds me of a gift I left on the street in early-2000s.

A TV.

Sadly, the thing was imported from the US and ran at 110v.

I hope it did not blow up in some gleeful soul's house
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Old 25.01.2011, 12:28
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i'm more or less in the same position - a 3min popcorn bag takes at least 6...but i also agree that it takes up too much space, so have decided ot be really brave - move it to the cellar (before it's moved out...) to free up some space and buy a coffee machine instead (the kitchen is to small to change your mind in, in any case...)
but we will sure miss that popcorn!
btw - i always thought you can just drop any electrical appliance at e.g. interdiscount and they should take it back?
Don't worry - you can still make popcorn with a saucepan!
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1) Place said MW in outdoor area, and use extension cord to plug in.
2) Get Webcam/Vidcam up and running , start filming front of Microwave.
3) Record each of the following on microwave high power settings

i) Eggs in shell
ii) Old CD's
iii) Finely chopped tin foil
iv) Anything else on this list.

Thanks in advance.
I can't see the list, but I hope a can of petrol is there.
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Old 25.01.2011, 13:15
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Re: Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

Unless something's under warranty I wouldn't recommend getting anything fixed in Switzerland. You will pay an arm and a leg to get it repaired and so the cost will be close to the price of a new one. You'll also have to wait weeks for it to get repaired by the manufacturer, unless someone here knows a local electronics expert. That said you will often get stuffed with a bill for labour for them just to look at it even if they can't repair it.
I got a Phillishave shaver repaired under warranty and still had to pay some small admin handling fee.
I also bought a Swatch Snowpass watch which wasn't waterproof so took it back to the store with six weeks of the ski season left and they said they'd send it off for repair which would 'hopefully' take only 4 weeks' turnaround. When I explained this would mean I colud only use the watch for two weeks till next season they just shrugged their shoulders.So I went back to the shop the next day and spoke to a different assistant and said my friend didn't like the design / colour and would like to change it for a different style and they said, "Sure. No problem!"
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1) Place said MW in outdoor area, and use extension cord to plug in.
2) Get Webcam/Vidcam up and running , start filming front of Microwave.
3) Record each of the following on microwave high power settings

i) Eggs in shell
ii) Old CD's
iii) Finely chopped tin foil
iv) Anything else on this list.

Thanks in advance.
I can't see the list, but I hope a can of petrol is there.
No, it's not - "wet poodle" is also conspicuous by its absence
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Don't worry - you can still make popcorn with a saucepan!
yes but now i have to supervise...that was the one snack i didn't have to make! oh well, such is life!
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No, it's not - "wet poodle" is also conspicuous by its absence
Is a Yorkshire Terrier a good substitute ?
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Re: Microwave issues - bin, keep or repair

Sadly, very few appliances are worth repairing once they are out of warranty. A new one will probably cost far less than the previous one did three years ago.
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No, it's not - "wet poodle" is also conspicuous by its absence
Is a Yorkshire Terrier a good substitute ?
Yorkshire Terriers are actually more suited to this than poodles - due to their more orthogonal features, multiple Yorkies (the dogs, not the chocolate bars) can be loaded much more efficiently in what is known in technical canine terms as a dense-pack structure.

If Yorkies or poodles are not available for any reason, improvise on a short-term basis with handfuls of small fluffeh kittens.

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