Want to quickly check if your home microwave is leaking? try this simple test
Want to quickly check if your home microwave is leaking? Try this simple test using your cell phone. This test is a quick and easy way to check for leaks, however, it is important to note that it is not a 100% accurate method and the best way to check for leaks is to use a microwave leak detector or have a professional inspect and repair the microwave if you suspect a leak.
Warning: Never turn on the microwave while your phone is inside. It will be fried.
Here are the steps to quickly check if your home microwave is leaking. Try this simple test using your cell phone:
- Connect one of your phones to a WiFi network with a 2.4GHz frequency. Most home WiFi use 2.4GHz. If your wifi has a dual-frequency (2.4GHz and 5GHz) then adjust for it to operate only on 2.4GHz.
- Take a second phone and connect it to the same 2.4GHz WiFi network.
- Place the first phone (the one you initially connected to the WiFi) inside the microwave and close the door. (Please do not under any circumstance turn on the microwave)
- Using the second phone (also connected to the same WiFi network) to make a WhatsApp call to the first phone.
- If the phone inside the microwave rings, it means that there is a leak in the microwave’s door seal or a problem with the microwave’s radiation-shielding system.
If the call does not connect or you cannot hear the ringtone, it means that the microwave is sealed and there is no leak.
It’s important to note that this test is not 100% accurate. This test is based on the fact that cellular data transmits and receives signals between 800 and 1900 Megahertz (MHz) while microwaves emit a 2.4 GHz signal which is higher than the frequency of cellphones, that’s why if the call connects using the WiFi at 2.4GHz it means there is a leak.
But, the best way to check for leaks is to use a microwave leak detector or have a professional inspect and repair the microwave if you suspect a leak. This simple test will point you in the right direction.
Additionally, it is not safe to operate a microwave oven with the door open, or with any gaps or holes in the door seal. So, please do not use the microwave if you suspect it has a leak.
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