Shortly after hearing a comment that it was no longer possible to find a microwave oven that is not made in China my ten-year-old Kitchen Aid boiled its last cup of water and emitted a nasty burning smell.
Unwilling to bow to a commie appliance conspiracy, and not wanting to go back to my teapot, I dug out my trusty toolkit and multi-meter and plunged into the Swedish made stainless steel appliance. (I once owned a computer repair shop that did component level service).
The handy service guide found inside and a few helpful postings on appliance repair blogs yielded up the culprits – the UK made Whirlpool magnetron (along with its faithful diode).
So thanks to the good folks at AppliancePartsPros.com I had my new parts the next day!
Of course, nearly every victory comes with a bitter disappointment:
Damn you Whirlpool and Matsushita!
Nonetheless, we are up and running again, but I doubt the Chinese part will last as long as the British original.
Maybe I’ll unwind the burned filament wire and rebuild my own magnetron – if I can find some old, Made in America copper, that is. Unfortunately, I cannot fabricate a semiconductor diode at home . . . and if things continue America won’t be able to either.