possible microwave oven issue......

CliffA

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Dec 29, 2009
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Lake Norman, NC
Boat Info
2001 Sea Ray 340DA
Name: 'Happy Place'
4.5kW West. Generator
Purchased Nov. 2014
Fresh Water Use
Engines
Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
640 hp (Total)
Raw Water Cooled
V-Drive Transmissions
this past WE we camped on the water and used the generator to power the microwave oven as we prepared dinner.....at first the oven did fine...then it would not heat the food...the power was still to the oven...the turntable worked fine and the timer and light worked fine it just did not heat the food....then a few mins latter it would heat the food as usual....

does this sound like an issue with the microwave oven or could it be a possible issue with the generator?

thanks....
cliff
 
Sounds like it's toast... I have replaced 2 now that did that, one at home & the one on the boat.
 
IF you are putting out a full 120VAC @ 60Hz, then most likely a microwave issue.

Easiest way to tell is to plug another microwave into another outlet and run that one on gennie power. Or try the current microwave on shore power.
 
thanks gentlemen....

David,
Have you verified the dimensions of the oven in your link will fit OK?.....I would think you have the same oven as I do.....

cliff
 
If dimensions allow, you might look at convection/microwave. That's what SeaRay installed in our boat and I was able to find an almost exact fit. The Admiral loves it.... Happy Wife... Happy Life !
 
I had a problem with our microwave where it would cut off and not work for about 5 minutes or so and then begin working again and cut off, wait, back on.... I pulled the microwave and found that the fan inside the microwave was broken and needed replaced. there is a thermal cut off switch that shut it down after it heated up. I also had to cut a vent hole in the side of the microwave compartment in the boat to allow additional airflow to the rear of the unit. It seems this has solved my problems with the microwave.
 
Cliff,

I'll have to check. I need to get some "stuff"off the dock by Wednesday anyhow. I want to say SR are 0.09 cf. OEM. I shall check regardless.
 
I had a problem with our microwave where it would cut off and not work for about 5 minutes or so and then begin working again and cut off, wait, back on.... I pulled the microwave and found that the fan inside the microwave was broken and needed replaced. there is a thermal cut off switch that shut it down after it heated up. I also had to cut a vent hole in the side of the microwave compartment in the boat to allow additional airflow to the rear of the unit. It seems this has solved my problems with the microwave.

when he thermal switch activated did the turntable and light and timer continue to work or did the entire oven go dark?.....

cliff
 
thanks gentlemen....

David,
Have you verified the dimensions of the oven in your link will fit OK?.....I would think you have the same oven as I do.....

cliff

In a completely non-scientific Sperry Topsider measurement study, the OEM microwave is one shoe and 4 middle to end index finger knuckles in width and one baby grand piano octave plus two keys in height.

In layman's terms roughly 18" wide by 9" tall.

No no ruler in my tool box. The measurements are as close as I could get given the money I received for the laborious task.

I have to go back to the boat tomorrow. I already put a tape measure beside my car keys...

Film at eleven!!!!!!
 
In a completely non-scientific Sperry Topsider measurement study, the OEM microwave is one shoe and 4 middle to end index finger knuckles in width and one baby grand piano octave plus two keys in height.

In layman's terms roughly 18" wide by 9" tall.

No no ruler in my tool box. The measurements are as close as I could get given the money I received for the laborious task.

I have to go back to the boat tomorrow. I already put a tape measure beside my car keys...

Film at eleven!!!!!!

thanks for the effort!.......I read in an archived post that you can fit a 10" tall oven in the space if you remove one of the trim boards.....

cliff
 
thanks for the effort!.......I read in an archived post that you can fit a 10" tall oven in the space if you remove one of the trim boards.....

cliff


Sperry was close!!!

Taped it this evening. 18" wide by 9&1/2 " tall including the mounting board. Mine is mounted to a 3/8" piece of plywood and the plywood is screwed from underneath to the cabinet floor.

HTH
 
Sperry was close!!!

Taped it this evening. 18" wide by 9&1/2 " tall including the mounting board. Mine is mounted to a 3/8" piece of plywood and the plywood is screwed from underneath to the cabinet floor.

HTH

Thanks David......so with the front trim piece removed and the mounting board removed you could install an oven that is slightly over 10" in height....

does that sound right?....would the door of the oven swing freely if the bottom of the oven was sitting directly on the cabinet floor instead of the mounting board?.....

cliff
 
thanks David......
 
Thanks David......so with the front trim piece removed and the mounting board removed you could install an oven that is slightly over 10" in height....

does that sound right?....would the door of the oven swing freely if the bottom of the oven was sitting directly on the cabinet floor instead of the mounting board?.....

cliff

Yes. The door will swing freely. At most you may have to put a couple of fender washers under the legs. No biggie as those will become your mounting points anyhow. I believe the mounting board is strictly a time saver in assembly. If you know what microwave is going in, it's easy to get the holes predrilled in order to mount the microwave to the board and then mount that assembly to the base. It doesn't matter where the holes are in the mounting board as long as they don't go through the microwave; although, mine were pretty symmetrical.

FWIW, there is a TON of wasted space back there and on both sides (plus I found my galvanic isolators). I added an outlet to the right of the microwave so I did not have to run an extension cord for the coffee pot. With the right full extension draw slides, you could gain a lot of storage if you need it.
 
as I start to research microwave ovens I have discovered that in many (probably most) cases the dimensions shown in ads for countertop ovens do not include the height from the top of the oven to the counter top.....they show the dimensions of the oven itself without the feet and bottom of the oven....for example I had found a nice oven that claimed to have a height of 10.1" which should work based on the measurements that David made....but as I started reading questions and answers I discovered the true overall height is actually 12" so this oven would not fit in my boat's cabinet...so i guess the best way is to physically measure the overall height of an oven and don't trust the dimension shown in ads....

cliff
 
as I start to research microwave ovens I have discovered that in many (probably most) cases the dimensions shown in ads for countertop ovens do not include the height from the top of the oven to the counter top.....they show the dimensions of the oven itself without the feet and bottom of the oven....for example I had found a nice oven that claimed to have a height of 10.1" which should work based on the measurements that David made....but as I started reading questions and answers I discovered the true overall height is actually 12" so this oven would not fit in my boat's cabinet...so i guess the best way is to physically measure the overall height of an oven and don't trust the dimension shown in ads....

cliff

Wax on! Wax off.

You learn fast grasshopper!!!

That wood grinds / planes down very easily if you need enlarge the opening.
 
it may be easier just to take the original oven to an appliance repair shop to get a new magnetron/diode installed....I think that is usually the parts that go bad to cause an oven to stop heating.....

cliff
 

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