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Is an old, but functioning, microwave likely to be dangerous?

If you take good care of your microwave up into its old age, there's a low risk of harm, but if it's damaged in any way you may want to get it checked out.

Asked by: Anonymous

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If you’ve looked after it well, there’s no reason why a vintage microwave should be dangerous. However, it is possible that the screen or rubber seals around the door may have perished, allowing some radiation to leak out.

For peace of mind, buy a microwave leakage tester. Many homeware and electrical stores sell them and, at about a fiver, they’re cheaper than buying a new oven.

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