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Is it worth reparing old microwaves?

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Is it worth reparing old microwaves?

So after years the Panasonic one is making noise with burning smell. Found the problem is microwave turntable motor. So it worth or just buy new one $150-200 range?
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Nice find. Thanks. I will check with them (reliableparts) if its is available. May be I can fix it by tomorrow.
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Microwaves are very commoditized. Even the magnetron inside, comes as a separate unit and is often interchangeable
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Costs less to buy a new one. Goto Costco
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callernamet wrote: So after years the Panasonic one is making noise with burning smell. Found the problem is microwave turntable motor. So it worth or just buy new one $150-200 range?
ya it's a fun project, why not? You seem pretty handy since when I took my microwave apart I didnt even think to salvage the motor for it. I didnt even see it when I opened the microwave.
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callernamet wrote: So after years the Panasonic one is making noise with burning smell. Found the problem is microwave turntable motor. So it worth or just buy new one $150-200 range?
You've already done the hard part (diagnosis and disassembly), that would stump most.
I'd fix it, for the price.

I don't beat the environment drum, but do what I can when it makes sense.
Hypocritically, some would get on the bandwagon, yet be the same ones saying toss it.
In this case, repair just makes sense.
jdmfishingonly wrote: Costs less to buy a new one. Goto Costco
They have $18 microwaves?
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good responses by all.
Yes it is fun taking things apart as it comes easily for me. As shabby said I gave them model number and they are checking stock and compatibility of that motor.
Ca not believe the model is from 1996. imo worth spending $20 or so for the repair. Part availability is to be checked at Scarborough location which is not for me.
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New MWs may not last very long Recent (as in past decade) Panasonics are said to be pretty cheaply built and break (plastic parts such as door locks).
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arisk wrote: They have $18 microwaves?
Thrift store or salvation army are your choices.

Better yet ... Look at the curbside when you drive around.
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jdmfishingonly wrote: Better yet ... Look at the curbside when you drive around.
That's the current MW we have. Moving into the new-to-us house with a dead OTR MW that was not OTR. Found a Kenmore MW on the side of the road. Only problem with it is the mechanical dial timer won't count down if set above 5 mins.
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jdmfishingonly wrote: Thrift store or salvation army are your choices.

Better yet ... Look at the curbside when you drive around.
So...not Costco then?
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User131439 wrote: So...not Costco then?
Save the money and go use your neighbour's
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jdmfishingonly wrote: Costs less to buy a new one. Goto Costco
You can buy a new microwave at COSTCO for less than$18 which is the cost of the part to repair it since the OP already isolated the issue?
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callernamet wrote: good responses by all.
Yes it is fun taking things apart as it comes easily for me. As shabby said I gave them model number and they are checking stock and compatibility of that motor.
Ca not believe the model is from 1996. imo worth spending $20 or so for the repair. Part availability is to be checked at Scarborough location which is not for me.
My parents still have a microwave from the '80s and its working just fine. BTW> While you are in there, I would give the internals a good cleaning as the oils and grease from the warming of the foods builds up after a while.
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newer microwaves also tend to die faster, especially with the shorter-lasting magnetrons . If this is an older one, it is worth fixing for a motor.
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evilYoda wrote: newer microwaves also tend to die faster, especially with the shorter-lasting magnetrons . If this is an older one, it is worth fixing for a motor.
This.

I have 25+ year old fridges running great ( not discussing power consumption) than my friends replacing their new ones. or repairing in couple of years.
This was in news discussed in some new. May be CBC or CTV. The amount of crap Walmart sells from China I think this will get worse.
craftsman wrote: My parents still have a microwave from the '80s and its working just fine. BTW> While you are in there, I would give the internals a good cleaning as the oils and grease from the warming of the foods builds up after a while.
I did and that is how it ran for few more years. Last time I had problem It just wont power on. like this the fuse blew. It costed about $2 or so to replace that. So $2 for about 8 years is not bad.
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Just be careful taking apart older microwaves magnettrons they used beryllium oxide which is fatal when inhaled. The more recent ones use aluminum oxide which is fine.
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evilYoda wrote: Just be careful taking apart older microwaves magnettrons they used beryllium oxide which is fatal when inhaled. The more recent ones use aluminum oxide which is fine.
Or maybe just buy a new microwave for $50.

How much are your time and lungs worth?

Microwaves still last for years, and they're economical to replace.

This sounds like a DIY project for the curious, not for the economically conscious.
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callernamet wrote: I did and that is how it ran for few more years. Last time I had problem It just wont power on. like this the fuse blew. It costed about $2 or so to replace that. So $2 for about 8 years is not bad.
The fuse is actually the most common issue with microwaves for the past few decades. I used to work in electronics retail and when we used to send microwaves off for warranty repairs, the vast majority (over 80%) of the issues were from blown thermal ceramic fuses which while not widely known, they are easily available at Canadian Tire.

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