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January 19, 2010

Green Your Appliances: Microwave Maintenance

Microwave ovenUnless you're switching to a more energy-efficient model, it's usually better to repair a broken appliance than to replace it. But there's a lot you can do to prevent breakdowns in the first place. This week we’re offering tips about how to extend your appliances' life.

Tip #1: Maintain Your Microwave

Keeping your microwave clean by covering food (a plate or glass lid will do) can make it last significantly longer. The vapor released when the food cooks permeates the machine's interior and can, over time, cause problems. Vapor also transfers grease and residue, resulting in rust and corrosion. As for bags of popcorn? Put them on an inverted bowl or plate. They contain foil strips that can warp the turntable

Tip #2: Flush Out Your Water Heater

Tip #3: Use Hot Water in Your Dishwasher

Share your tips: What do you do to keep your appliances in working order?

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