Shazam! Off goes the microwave! But why?
January 25, 2011 8:10 AM Subscribe
My power strip has been spontaneously switching itself to off when my microwave's going. Nothing's plugged into it but that microwave. What's going on? Is the microwave safe to use?
posted by cadge to home & garden (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a Panasonic microwave oven, about 10 years old.
It's plugged into a power strip so that I can easily turn it off when not in use. It's the only thing plugged into that strip, and the strip is the only thing plugged into that outlet in my kitchen. I turn it on and off maybe four or five times a day for short-time things like tea and oatmeal.
Just in the past month or so, the microwave has switched off mid-use. I noticed that the button on the power strip is spontaneously resetting to "off". Earlier this week, it happened two times in a row, and I haven't used the microwave since.
What could be happening? Do you think the microwave is safe to use? I can easily swap in another power strip, but I really want to know what's going on and if I need to replace the microwave.