Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ready to Nuke the Microwave

Hi all!

Its been a year and a half (!!) since we moved into our Ravenna and I have been a very bad girl about posting updates.  I promise to post some pictures soon.

The inspiration for this post is that our "upgraded" GE microwave has #($*%&ing stopped working! And, of course, its also out of warranty.

For a few weeks, I've felt like there was something amiss.  It seemed like it was taking longer than normal for say, a potato to cook, and it was taking double the time for my fake bacon to cook in the morning.  We finally tested it out this weekend and found out that yes indeed, the microwave was doing no better than making things lukewarm.

After futzing with it, unplugging it and plugging it back in (it works for the computer, right?) and cleaning out some of the filters, it still remained only lukewarm.

The manual very helpfully said that if it wasn't getting food hot, to reset the power level.  Which was great, but it neglected to tell us how exactly to reset the power level.

I've discovered that if I cook food on power 9 (90% power) it actually cooks stuff.  On power 10 (100%) it acts like it is defrosting butter.  Anybody had similar experiences or advice?

I'm so disappointed that this brand new appliance has turned out to be such a piece of crap.  I have a Kenmore microwave at my rental townhouse that has been problem free since 1999.  I can assure you that this experience will ensure that I never purchase a GE appliance voluntarily.

Hope all my Ryan Friends are doing well, and can make food hot!!


  1. Geesh!! Sorry to hear this!! Which package did you choose out of the choices?

  2. I can tell you that when I worked in property management, we had a GE contract to purchase appliance. We were buying new dishwashers every 3 years. Their contractor grade (even the high end stuff) is still crap. I swore never to buy anything GE. Unfortunately we didn't exactly have a choice as they said you couldn't NOT choose appliances. Which I find strange since you can buy a re-sale house with no appliances. As soon as this stuff dies (I hope to get three years, but not holding my breath) I will be happy buy something that will last a lot longer.

    Oh - and we have already had an issues with the dishwasher not always opening the detergent door. It was at our 10 month inspection.

  3. Just an update on the microwave situation - I am so cheap and reluctant to deal with it that we are just nuking everything on 90% power. Its not ideal, but it works for now.