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Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Thu 20, 2017 9:18 am

OK - this is pretty far afield but I need a minor repair to our microwave.

This AM my wife noticed there was a hole burned into a little plastic cover in the roof of the thing. Went on line & learned it's the 'waveguide cover'. I took it out myself with my swiss army knife (MacGyver would be proud). Went on line to find a replacement part & wound up on the phone with Whirlpool who told me they can't sell me the part due to some Federal regulations. Nice to know the Feds are worried I might cook myself or become sterile.

The part is about 3"X5", flat white plastic - looks like it might cost maybe .50 to make - even in the US which we know isn't realistic.

So does anyone know a good repair person who has whatever certification is needed to have access to this piece of crap & can visit me to replace it? If I'd have known this I would have gone into that racket years ago. :D

BTW - we bought this thing from Sears in the Spring of 2014. So you might not want to buy a Whirlpool microwave.

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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby threeats407 » Jul Thu 20, 2017 10:19 am

I do HVAC. Brother does appliances out of Round Lake area. FYI there is no repair on anything that will run for much less than 200 bucks even with a cheap part once you figure in the service call...
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Jul Thu 20, 2017 10:32 am

Rambler wrote:OK - this is pretty far afield but I need a minor repair to our microwave.

This AM my wife noticed there was a hole burned into a little plastic cover in the roof of the thing. Went on line & learned it's the 'waveguide cover'. I took it out myself with my swiss army knife (MacGyver would be proud). Went on line to find a replacement part & wound up on the phone with Whirlpool who told me they can't sell me the part due to some Federal regulations. Nice to know the Feds are worried I might cook myself or become sterile.

The part is about 3"X5", flat white plastic - looks like it might cost maybe .50 to make - even in the US which we know isn't realistic.

So does anyone know a good repair person who has whatever certification is needed to have access to this piece of crap & can visit me to replace it? If I'd have known this I would have gone into that racket years ago. :D

BTW - we bought this thing from Sears in the Spring of 2014. So you might not want to buy a Whirlpool microwave.

Thanks.


Why not just see if someone can order it for you Rambler? Then do the repair yourself. I wouldn't pay to have someone come out and do it. Like threeats407 said, it's probably a couple hundred dollars, when you could just buy a new microwave for less...

What is the part number, or microwave model number? I can check with some people I know. Also... I did a google search on "whirlpool waveguide cover" and it comes up with all kinds of parts that you can purchase, from Walmart, Amazon, etc. etc.

https://www.google.com/search?q=whirlpo ... e&ie=UTF-8

Whirlpool rep is probably just a moron. As you can buy those parts from all kinds of places...
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Thu 20, 2017 10:59 am

Guys - thanks. I figured it would cost at least $200 to have someone come for maybe 30 seconds to put the part in.

I checked all the websites and the part isn't available from any of them which is weird. Even tried Sears - their site is diabolical - and couldn't find it.

The model # is WMH53520CW0. Part # is W10533497.
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Jul Thu 20, 2017 11:06 am

They do sell universal ones, it looks like, that you can cut to fit.
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Afalconsvick » Jul Thu 20, 2017 11:22 am

Seems like you can order it here?

https://partsdr.com/part/w10533497-inlet-cover/
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Jul Thu 20, 2017 11:27 am

Afalconsvick wrote:Seems like you can order it here?

https://partsdr.com/part/w10533497-inlet-cover/


Nice find. I was going to search that site, but I'm in the middle of a training session at work. There you go Rambler. Looks like the part you need?
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Thu 20, 2017 11:32 am

Yeah - I finally googled the part # & found partsdr.com. I thought I'd posted a 'never mind' but must have clicked the wrong thing.

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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Skifish1 » Jul Thu 20, 2017 5:05 pm

If it doesn't serve much function you may be able to leave it as is. If it's just plastic and is just a cover. If it has some other material properties that serve a function beyond just being a cover that may be a different story. But since waves cost 50 to 150 bucks personally i would just consider just buying a new wave.
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby RonG » Jul Thu 20, 2017 5:21 pm

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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby nerf888 » Jul Thu 20, 2017 6:50 pm

Gotta' love "Planned Obsolescence.................
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby bassman29 » Jul Thu 20, 2017 8:46 pm

Microwave repair shop? Are you referring to the garbage?
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby RonG » Jul Thu 20, 2017 9:25 pm

nerf888 wrote:Gotta' love "Planned Obsolescence.................


Rambler's always complaining about his age, but that's just mean.
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Fri 21, 2017 8:12 am

nerf888 wrote:Gotta' love "Planned Obsolescence.................

That's the problem with the current state of things. Over the course of my life time we've gone from building things that last - my BFs mom had the same stove for close to 40 years. It's brand name was 'WelBilt' - no kidding. Now we're a throw-away culture. Soon we'll run out of landfills.

Personally it makes no sense to buy a new microwave - regardless of cost - rather than fix this one.

bassman29 wrote:Microwave repair shop? Are you referring to the garbage?
See above. Plastic 'silverware' was developed during WWII because steel was reserved for beating the Nazis & Japanese. It wasn't intended to be thrown out. When was the last time you put plastic stuff in the dishwasher?

RonG wrote:Rambler's always complaining about his age, but that's just mean.

Ron - thanks for the early-morning belly laugh. Good one! :lol:
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby bassman29 » Jul Fri 21, 2017 9:29 am

Dishwasher? Are you referring to my wife?
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Fri 21, 2017 10:53 am

bassman29 wrote:Dishwasher? Are you referring to my wife?

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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby threeats407 » Jul Fri 21, 2017 12:02 pm

See above. Plastic 'silverware' was developed during WWII because steel was reserved for beating the Nazis & Japanese. It wasn't intended to be thrown out. When was the last time you put plastic stuff in the dishwasher?


Washed and dried by hand and snuck back in the boxes after everyone leaves. :D
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Fri 21, 2017 12:12 pm

threeats407 wrote:See above. Plastic 'silverware' was developed during WWII because steel was reserved for beating the Nazis & Japanese. It wasn't intended to be thrown out. When was the last time you put plastic stuff in the dishwasher?


Washed and dried by hand and snuck back in the boxes after everyone leaves. :D


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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby KankRat » Jul Fri 21, 2017 12:28 pm

Rambler wrote:
threeats407 wrote:See above. Plastic 'silverware' was developed during WWII because steel was reserved for beating the Nazis & Japanese. It wasn't intended to be thrown out. When was the last time you put plastic stuff in the dishwasher?


Washed and dried by hand and snuck back in the boxes after everyone leaves. :D


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If I put a microwave oven on my curb, it would last all of 5 minutes before the scrappers scavenged it. Once I made the mistake of leaving my lawnmower out while I took a break from cutting the grass. Admittedly it's a "Frankenstein" , since I combined two mowers- swapped engines. It looks like junk, but I mean really, the engine was still hot.

I am all for fixing stuff, but if that doesn't work- you can always recycle. Maybe I am wrong, but I don't think garbage services would take an appliance.
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Lip_Yanker » Jul Fri 21, 2017 12:28 pm

bassman29 wrote:Dishwasher? Are you referring to my wife?


Mine's named sandwich maker.



To the planned obsolescence...... I have regularly let the big box store employees know for years that's a big part of what's wrong with society these days. I hate when they tell me to buy $7.00 X replacement sub unit, instead of a .57 part that I need to fix whatever is broken.

Sadly as we have become a Bic society, so many young people do not actually learn how to repair things, we are losing skills and thinking processes along the way as well.


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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Fri 21, 2017 1:01 pm

Lip_Yanker wrote:Sadly as we have become a Bic society, so many young people do not actually learn how to repair things, we are losing skills and thinking processes along the way as well.

Saw something on TV recently about classes in how to fix things. I think they said they're available all over the country. So maybe all's not lost.

Also, there's a shop - SAV ON - on North Ave just East of Harlem (I know it doesn't do you any good Yanker) where they can fix just about anything electronic. The guy's name is Mark - he's a good guy and very fair.
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Wed 26, 2017 2:41 pm

The part came today. Took me maybe 20 seconds to fix the damned thing. So for those who advised me to throw it out & buy a new one...just checked & can't find an emogy for a Brooklyn raspberry. But you get the picture. :D
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby RonG » Jul Wed 26, 2017 3:50 pm

My TV reception started going to heavy static today. Are you sure you put that thing on correctly??!? :crazy:
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Jul Wed 26, 2017 3:58 pm

RonG wrote:My TV reception started going to heavy static today. Are you sure you put that thing on correctly??!? :crazy:

Absolutely. And aimed it at wherever the hell you are. :lol:
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby badger75 » Aug Thu 03, 2017 10:10 am

Some one took note and turned it into a business model. Rambler, if you need a part time gig, they might be interested.
https://www.ubreakifix.com/
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Aug Thu 03, 2017 12:12 pm

Intertesting Badger. When a late friend & neighbor retired he set himself up as a handyman. Had to limit it to 3 days a week due to overwhelming business. Then he got tired of it & had to re-retire!

I've got enough on my hands just keeping up with my old (built in 1916) house.
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

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Postby Phil6 » Nov Wed 27, 2019 9:42 am

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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Rambler » Nov Thu 28, 2019 9:20 am

Phil: Did you notice that my original post was like 2 years ago?
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Re: Anyone know a good microwave repair shop?

Postby Woohoodude11 » Nov Fri 29, 2019 10:43 am

Wild. I remember this thread like it was this year :shock:
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Postby Phil6 » Dec Mon 02, 2019 10:26 am

Rambler wrote:Phil: Did you notice that my original post was like 2 years ago?


Yes. Did the bot? Probably not.
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