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Microwave Plate Repair/Replacement?

My microwave plate is broken. Can't I just use a Melmac, plastic, or glass plate and drill in 3 plastic inserts that are cut just long enough to allow the plate to be turned? I'm trying to be creative and save 30.00.

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November 5, 20200 found this helpful

I would not recommend doing this as Microwaves can react differently than other appliances.
Usually these plates can be found in thrift stores - according to what size you need but I would suggest you look up the thrift stores in your area and call each one to see if they have your size. Be sure to check Humane Society and Salvation Army as well as the church thrift stores.
Another suggestion would be to check FreeCycle and Craigslist (free section) and if no luck place a wanted ad on both of these sites.
Nextdoor.com is also a good place to check and/or place a wanted ad.
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November 5, 20200 found this helpful

I appreciate your answer. I was concerned if it could be dangerous. I will follow your recomendation.

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Thank you!

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November 5, 20200 found this helpful

Not a good time to save money on something that advertises "Microwave safe plate" It would not be safe to use items not made for your unit. Other objects can have unseen fumes, chemicals in pieces that transmit through heat and food. Not safe, spend the money, your life is more than that!

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November 5, 20200 found this helpful

Melmac is not microwave safe--unless there is some new version of it that I am not aware of. It is known become extremely brittle and eventually crack if you use it in the microwave. Also, it can leach dangerous chemicals into the food if it comes in contact with it directly.

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I have found replacement plates on eBay in the 25 dollar range (total--cost plus shipping). I have also seen them for less than $5 at the flea market and at places like Goodwill.

Perhaps if you advertise your need or one on a local free site (like if you have Next Door or Facebook marketplace for local people who need things --like Sale Want Trade (SWT) groups, you can find someone who will sell you one for very little or even give you one.

Just be sure to know the make and model and size you need.

I understand trying to save money, but microwaves can be dangerous with the wrong parts.

Prayers and blessings for an affordable solution.

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November 6, 20200 found this helpful

If you have a local Habitat for Humanity store, you might check there.

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I use a microwave turntable plate from an old microwave as a platter for potlucks. When I replace my present microwave, I'll be sure to keep the plate, too.

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November 7, 20200 found this helpful

This is a really bad idea. Where I live there are a lot of microwaves that are broken and no longer work. The microwave plate is still good and the who unit is thrown away. What I would do if I were you try to go to a recycling center to see if they have any of these plates. I am not sure how it works where you live but where I live we are not allowed to throw these in the trash. Items like this need to be recycled. I think where my daughter lives she is to take the old unit to the recycle center and drop it off. If this is the case go there and ask them if they have some of the plates for the microwave that has not been recycled yet and if you can get one. You might even be able to find one at a Goodwill store or some other thrift store in your area. From time to time people do donate these items because they are still good and not broken and they hate to throw them away.

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November 7, 20200 found this helpful

I've had that happen several times over the years...I measure the diameter of the plate & go to my local Goodwill etc.they always have a stack of them...check it out!

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