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  Reply # 1772917 30-Apr-2017 16:55
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All the microwaves I've had over the 25 years have had timer functions. I think there's only been one time I've accidentally set it cooking itself instead of using the timer, but luckily I realised what I'd done before any damage.

 

The last two or three (Panasonics) have had multi-stage timers, which I use all the time. So you can set it to beep after 3 minutes then after another 3 minutes if you're cooking steaks (three minutes per side) or 12 minutes+8 minutes for steaming rice (turn off after 12 mins). Set the timers all at once; don't have to reset it after the first stage, and I find it much quicker than using the phone's timer (long password!). 





 

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  Reply # 1772918 30-Apr-2017 16:57
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I now use alexa as the kitchen timer.





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  Reply # 1772955 30-Apr-2017 18:21
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Must be very a modern microwave ovens then.

 

 

My vintage 1992 Samsung Timesaver II had a timer function and it was damned handy. It was only retired in the last couple of years due to a keypad fault.


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  Reply # 1773012 30-Apr-2017 20:05
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Mine, wont go unless the door has been opened. If you close the door and dont press start within 5 seconds then you have to open the door again. MW is about 15 years old. I remember my parents MW in the late 80's.... had a really good timer, so my mate and i would pretend play microwave timer bombs! 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1773050 30-Apr-2017 20:20
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All the microwaves I've had have had timers (Mitsubishi Cube, Panasonic, Sharp, etc) but the timer is silent until the time is up.

 

I can understand being distracted or so focused on other activities that you wouldn't notice the microwave is baking. But normally you would have to leave the room or have the stereo on loud. It is quite difficult to ignore the combination of noise, light and movement when a the microwave is cooking: all turn on a fan, all turn on a light and all but one had a rotating turntable.


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  Reply # 1773055 30-Apr-2017 20:26
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I use the timer function on mine. It doesn't use a 1000 watts when only being used as timer, so uses less power then heating something with it.

 

 

 

Only the display screen counts down and nothing else, if the inside light comes on, and can hear the fan blowing then know I have pushed wrong button.

 

 

 

Need to compare cost of new microwave to repair cost to know if worth it, if more then a fuse could be a bit.


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I use the timer function on mine. It doesn't use a 1000 watts when only being used as timer, so uses less power then heating something with it.

 

 

 

Only the display screen counts down and nothing else, if the inside light comes on, and can hear the fan blowing then know I have pushed wrong button.

 

 

 

Need to compare cost of new microwave to repair cost to know if worth it, if more then a fuse could be a bit.

 

 

That's what I thought microwaves with timers would've done in the first place - not make a whirring noise with fan with lights on inside and just beep when the timer runs out?





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  Reply # 1773291 1-May-2017 11:02
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A new basic microwave likely costs less than the service fee for getting your current one inspected. I think mine cost $100 and works fine. It's often cheaper to buy a new microwave than to replace a broken glass plate inside.

 

Unless yours is super expensive I'd just toss the broken one out and buy a new one.


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It's often cheaper to buy a new microwave than to replace a broken glass plate inside.

 

Unless yours is super expensive I'd just toss the broken one out and buy a new one.

 

 

But keep the glass plate ;)

 

 


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