why does my microwave smell like burning plastic
Watch the microwave during use. If there is no light when the microwave is in operation but it heats food properly without noise or odors, the bulb is burned out and should be replaced. The microwaveвs internal parts are not failing. However, if the microwave vibrates or shakes or you see sparks inside, the microwave is failing.
Smoke is a sign that that problem is severe. If you notice any of these things while the microwave is in operation, disconnect the power at the outlet or the main breaker and contact a technician for service or replace the microwave. Other indicators of a failing microwave include a stuck turntable or a flickering display.
If carousel does not turn, the motor that operates it may have malfunctioned. A flickering display could indicate a failing electrical system.
Weissman - we have considered that, they are not that expensive. Even if we can't fix it, it would be nice to have some idea what went wrong, you know?
It was running fine at 3pm, then at 7pm it stunk up the place for no apparent reason. I can't deny there is curiousity about it. Additionally, I'd like some definitive answer that it is officially dead. We haven't run it at all since we smelled the smell. FYi, the house and microwave are 10 years old.
We have not gotten 10 years of use out of it. So moving on. it is an over the stove model. Is this as simple as mounting it and plugging it in? Is that simple? It appears there are just grease vents, not actual exhaust vents, bit I haven't checked in detail. Any thoughts?
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