• ** REMEMBER! **The microwave can still shock you even unplugged!!

    ALWAYS discharge the high-voltage capacitor first if you even think your hands will come close to any HIGH VOLTAGE components.

    Jeff mentions this: Anything in the high voltage ( magnetron, capacitor, diode, wires to and from ):
    ...Use a metal ( not the shiny chrome type ) screw driver with a insulated handle to short across ( touch both at the same time ) the terminals of the high voltage capacitor to discharge it.

    From Jeff's site: http://www.applianceaid.com/component-testing.php

    Jake

Lifespan of microwaves?

max

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I have a microwave that's going on, i think, 25 yrs(??). Is it safe to use microwaves indefinitely...until they no longer heat your food? Just wondering if there might be a danger of 'radiation' leak with older machines.
 

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Hi,

Is it safe to use microwaves indefinitely
For the most part yes.

until they no longer heat your food?
Or something else major happens.

Just wondering if there might be a danger of 'radiation' leak with older machines
No radiation, light waves. There is a risk with any age. No harm in taking it in and having local repair shop test for any leakage. Most ( probably not all ) will do this free, call first!

jeff.
 

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thanks again, jeff.

P.S. Being new to this chatboard, do u appreciate people posting "Thank you"s or is it a bit annoying having to read thru these posts/responses since u probably have a lot of people to help? Appreciate an honest reply.
:confused: :D
 

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Thank You. This message board is a fountain of helpful info.

:D :D :D
 
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