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Troubleshooting and Repair of Microwave Ovens

Troubleshooting and Repair of Microwave Ovens

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"My microwave oven has a crack in the glass of its door. Is this safe to continue using or
should I get it fixed? Will there be any radiation leakage?"

So you were throwing roasts at the oven again, huh? :-)

If the metal screen/mesh is behind and separate from the glass, there is no danger. In this case, the
function of the glass is mostly cosmetic and a small crack should not be a problem.

However, if the screen is inside the glass and now broken as well, there could be microwave leakage.
Even if it is not actually broken at this time, future failure is possible. Therefore, the glass panel or
entire door should be replaced.

Also, any break large enough to allow something to touch the metal screen is a hazard because
during cooking, there could be shock hazard due to microwaves inducing current in the screen. And,
poking something metallic through the screen would make is susceptible to microwave pickup as
well.

However, damage to the inner plastic is probably not a cause for concern as that is only there to keep
the screen and inside of the door glass clean.

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