Not following instructions
Another mistake that has to do with the placement of your microwave? Neglecting to properly follow the instructions. This mostly applies to over-cooktop microwaves, Pinson says. “It’s extra important for them to be installed per the manufacturer’s instructions, to ensure that the vent hood and any insulation properly protects the microwave oven, and to ensure that the microwave oven’s own air venting is facilitated properly,” he explains. If you want to err on the safe side and get professional help to make sure you’re installing it correctly, go for it.
Microwaving stainless steel mugs
Yes, this is a bit of a random one, but travel mugs can actually damage your microwave! “The stainless steel [reflects] the waves instead of letting your coffee absorb them,” says Reuben Yonatan, founder and CEO of GetVoIP. “The waves will continue bouncing between your mug and the microwave surface and cause damage to your microwave.” So in addition to…not really heating up the contents of your mug, this will also shorten the life of your microwave. Use to-go cups to keep hot liquids hot, not to heat them up. And if you have a plastic travel mug, check if it says it’s microwave-safe.
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