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Most microwave turntables are made of glass and can easily be removed from the microwave for cleaning. However, this also means that it is not uncommon for turntables to become damaged or broken.
Replacing a broken microwave turntable is a very simple repair. Most turntables simply slot into position. Our quick finder is the easiest way to find the replacement turntable that's right for your microwave. Simply enter the brand of microwave you have and the model number.
If you don't know your model number it will usually be printed on the appliance in one of the following places; on the inside of the door, behind the door on the main unit or on the back of the microwave.
Once you have entered the above information a list of suitable turntables will be displayed along with specifications for each, including the diameter of the turntable.
The below steps will help you get your microwave looking as good as new
If you use your microwave regularly then the odd spill is inevitable. The microwave can be tricky to clean, especially if you have allowed the spill to cool and it has baked on the microwave walls. Fortunately there is an easy way to loosen microwave grime that makes cleaning a breeze.
Remove the build up of splatter in your microwave the easy way:
Step 1: Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a microwavable dish.
Step 2: Add roughly 300ml of water and microwave on full power for 5 - 10 minutes until the steam condenses on the microwave walls.
Step 3: Step 3: Simply, wipe clean using a dry cloth.
Alternatively there are a wide range of microwave cleaning products available.
If the turntable in your microwave oven has stopped rotating then it could be due to a number of things.
Here are a few things to check:
1. Ensure the turntable is resting on the guide correctly. If you have placed something heavy on top of the turntable it can cause it to slip off the guide. This is a very simple problem to correct, simply lift up the turntable and reposition on the guide.
2. Check that the rollers for the guide have not become blocked. Occasionally bits of food or spills within the microwave can become jammed in the guide rollers which stop them from turning. If this is the case, you simply need to clean the rollers.
Microwave turntables are important as the design of microwave ovens means they do not cook uniformly. To understand why the turntable is needed, first you need to know how microwaves work.
During the cooking process microwaves bounce of the inside walls to set up complex wave patterns. Microwaves have peaks and troughs, much like any wave, and the intensity is greatest at these points. Food near the peaks and troughs get most of the microwaves energy while the parts of food in between get very little - leading to uneven cooking.
The turntable helps to combat this problem by rotating the food to ensure that it comes into contact with different points of the wave. For this reason, the turntable is an essential component of safe microwave cooking and if it breaks or stops turning it is important you get it repaired or replaced before continuing to use the microwave.