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A better way of finding spares for your appliance

We are just going through a re development on the site which will result in a faster, easier to navigate shop. We have, since we created www.kitchenwareonline.com listed all of the model numbers, but have effectively created a category for each model showing all of the items available for that model. In doing so we have created a huge site with lots of duplicate items to cater for the number of models that share particular items. We are now going through and removing these duplicates and instead, listing all the models that a particular part fits in its description. As work progresses we will encourage visitors looking for parts for a particular model to enter the model number of your appliance in the search box at the top of the page (every page). This will result in all products that are suitable for that model will be displayed. 

Shoppers can also browse by category such as microwave cookware or waveguide covers for example or you can search by brand such as Sharp. So far during testing we have found everything we have been looking for that we know is on there. We have hugely reduced the number of clicks required to get you to the part you need.

We hope that this work will be completed in the next 3 weeks but wont affect anything on the site currently.

Created On  24 Mar 2017 13:34  -  Permalink
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How to replace the microwave oven lamp (bulb)

How to replace the microwave lamp (bulb)


Note: In the interest of safety, please make sure your appliance is unplugged from the mains and that the area you are working in is safe. Also, please note the case has sharp edges, so be careful!


What's my model number?
This can be found by opening the door and viewing the information sticker located on the left hand side of the control panel. Alternatively your model number may be located on the back of the oven.

Removal process for old Microwaves

The older models had a flap on the left hand side of the case. You simply unscrew this and remove the flap. Replace the bulb and then replace the flap and tighten the screw up.
Simple

Removal process for newer Microwaves
Firstly, turn the machine around and you'll notice screws all round the case, remove these. There may be some screws on the side of the case, remove these to.
Pull the case towards you and remove. Depending on your model your lamp may be clearly visible on the left or right hand side. Many new models the bulb is hidden. To find this either look for the base of the bulb or turn the microwave so its facing you, now look directly behind the control panel it will be there. 
Remove the screw holding the lamp in/lift up the metal tabs holding the lamp in.
Remove the connector on the bulb
Pull out the lamp.
(Some models you must replace the lamp/bulb as they come as a complete unit, others you can unscrew the bulb from the holder)







microwave cabinet off



changing microwave oven bulb

Once you have removed the lamp you can see what design it is and then find a replacement. We have them listed in our shop either by design type or under the relevent make and model.

Fitting your new Lamp
Place the new lamp in the hole
Refit the scew/push down the metal tabs
Re-attach the power connector
Replace the case – You will need to slide the top in place, then the left hand side, then the right hand side. Replace all the screws and test your handy work out!
Created On  1 Mar 2017 10:00  -  Permalink
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Microwave cooked breakfast in a mug

Just to show you how easy using your microwave can be I not only made this easy cooked breakfast at the weekend, but I photographed its making to demonstrate how easy it was.

Ingredients needed. 1 Egg, 1 slice of buttered bread. maybe some cinnamon to taste and anything you fancy (Linda put some cooked bacon in hers to finish a proper cooked breakfast - I added some cheese to mine)

ingredients needed, egg, bread, butter

ingredients needed, egg, bread, butter


Here goes :

butter the bread and cut into bite sized pieces

butter the bread and cut into bite sized pieces


place bread into a large mug.

place bread into a large mug.


break the egg into the mug and mix with the bread pieces.

break the egg into the mug and mix with the bread pieces.


place mug in microwave,

place mug in microwave.


cook on high for 1 minute, then stir and check egg is cooked. If not, cook for a further 10 seconds at a time.

cook on high for 1 minute

sprinkle with a little cinnamon or cheese or anything really. If you do add bacon it should be cooked first. 

sprinkle with a little cinnamon or cheese or anything really. If you do add bacon it should be cooked first.


Enjoy

Enjoy

You can use any microwaveable container. If you need anything special check out our online shop at kitchenwareonline.com. Of course, if your microwave doesn't work either, talk to us about repairing it for you. microwave-repair.co.uk




Created On  27 Feb 2017 15:38  -  Permalink
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Heating plates in the microwave

Just recently I have had a few phone calls from customers who have damaged their microwave by using it to warm plates.

In a nutshell, don't use your microwave to warm plates.

Very briefly, microwave ovens work by emitting microwave energy into the oven. This in turn agitates water molecules in the food or drink in the oven. The friction of those molecules creates heat and - hey presto - hot food is the result.

Plates have very few if any water molecules in or on them, therefore if you only put plates in the oven, the microwaves will bounce around the oven looking for something to absorb them. Eventually, something else in the oven will get warm. it might be the plastic roller ring, the mica waveguide cover or any plastic parts of the inner door.

It may be that you have been doing this for a while with no problem, this could be due to a number of factors such as the quality or type of plate. Some cookware may have moisture inside which more readily absorbs the microwaves, whereas some cookware will be completely invisible to microwaves (this wont get warm at all).

On a few occasions problems have occurred where the microwave is a replacement microwave and is either much more powerful than the last or through its design is less tolerant of microwave energy bouncing around inside.

Either way, if the microwave is used for heating plates eventually some damage will occur. The plates could break. The microwave oven might even end up cooking itself ultimately which will of course result in costly repairs or replacement.

If you really want to use your microwave to heat plates try putting a bowl of water on top of the plates so that most of the energy will be absorbed or if your microwave is a combi oven warm the plates with the grill of convection instead. It may take 5 minutes instead of 1 minute but wont affect the microwave in any way.

Created On  27 Feb 2017 15:35  -  Permalink
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24 volt truck microwave oven repairs

Just a reminder that our repair service for the 24 volt Samsung Roadmate microwave ovens is still very popular.

Samsung roadmate 24 volt truck microwave oven

Samsung roadmate 24 volt truck microwave oven


Although parts are no longer available for these ovens, we are able to repair the Inverter circuit board which seems to harbour most of the faults. Just send your oven to us and we will diagnose the fault and let you know the cost to repair and return the oven to you.

We now have on offer an alternative oven in the form of our very own Drivemate 24 volt microwave oven, which although slightly larger offers many more benefits than the Roadmate it will replace.
Created On  27 Feb 2017 15:21  -  Permalink
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Using aluminium foil containers in the Microwave Oven

We are regularly asked about the use of foil containers in the microwave. Many shops supply frozen or chilled prepacked meals that can be reheated or cooked either in a conventional oven or in a microwave oven.


They can, but with great caution unless familiar.

Aluminium is a metal so cannot be penetrated by microwave energy. This means that any microwaves are only absorbed through the top (open) part of the container to a depth of only about 3 cms. The aluminium effectively shields the sides and base of the of the food from overheating. This can be very useful when making delicate sauces.


Because aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat ( that’s why a lot of conventional cookware is made of aluminium) any heat in potential hot spots will be transferred around the container so more even heating can be achieved.

By far the greater benefits are:

That food can be cooked in the container rather than it needing to be transferred to a non metallic container.

Food toppings can be finished under the grill or browned as part of a combination oven cooking cycle.

foil trays


foil trays

In order to achieve best results and at the same time avoid damaging the microwave, these simple guidelines should be followed carefully.


Use only shallow foil containers, no deeper than 3 cms.

Use singly in the centre of the microwave glass tray to avoid getting too close to the oven sides.

Do not use foil or foil lined lids (if the food is completely encased in aluminium it wont heat at all.)

If there are no special instructions  for cooking in foil trays increase cook time by 10%.

Do not use bent or damaged foil trays. Clean and dispose (recycle) them.

Do use normal precautions and stir microwaved food and ensure that it is piping hot before serving.
Created On  27 Feb 2017 15:17  -  Permalink
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