Problems With Microwave Ovens

Microwaving food is convenient and fast, but microwaves are dangerous if used incorrectly, however, and you should not heat some things in them.

Safety Issues

Glass baby bottles may shatter if microwaved.Glass baby bottles may shatter if microwaved.
In addition microwaves are dangerous to repair because of high voltage. Removing the cover is hazardous both to your health and your wallet; you may void your warranty and your microwave may stop working if the cover is not replaced properly.

Safety risks are associated with even normal microwave use. Steam can build if food is microwaved in airtight containers, causing a risk of severe burns or injuries. Glass containers may also shatter due to internal pressure as steam builds. For this reason don't microwave baby bottles. Also provide ventilation to microwaved food containers by leaving a corner of the container uncovered or by fitting covers loosely over the containers.

High Voltage

Microwave ovens are dangerous to repair because of high voltage. Repair technicians should always wear rubber shoes or sneakers to mitigate the risk of electrocution and should perform repairs with the unit unplugged. Always leave repairs to qualified service personnel to lower the risk of electric shock or electrocution.

Cover Replaced Incorrectly

The screws holding the cover of the microwave on are not alike; if a repair technician removes the cover, he must put the screws back in the proper place. As a safety feature, some microwaves will not power up if a screw is missing or in the wrong place. In addition removing the cover usually voids any warranty on the microwave, so if you take the microwave to a service center because the cover was not put back on properly, it may cost a bit.

About the Author

Jack Ori has been a writer since 2009. He has worked with clients in the legal, financial and nonprofit industries, as well as contributed self-help articles to various publications.