Today’s kitchen is equipped with many appliances. They greatly simplify housekeeping and significantly reduce the time spent on household chores. But in a considerable amount of equipment, there are also disadvantages. First, it is necessary to arrange it so that it was most convenient to use. Secondly, you should make sure that the work of one device does not adversely affect the other. This article is devoted to the question, of whether it is possible to put a microwave oven on the washing machine.
Microwave on the washing machine: acceptable or not
Let’s try to figure out whether it is acceptable to put a microwave oven on the top cover of the washing machine.
Pros of the neighborhood
The reason for this decision is often the insufficient area of the kitchen. In a small space, it can be difficult to allocate a separate zone for each item of kitchen utensils – even the walls can be completely obstructed. The main advantage of this combination is that it saves space.
Warning! If your washing machine has a vertical load – give up the idea of making a table or cabinet out of it. Otherwise, you will not be able to use it properly.
According to hostesses, there is another advantage of such an arrangement – the possibility of simultaneous management of various processes (washing and cooking) without going from room to room.
Disadvantages of combining the microwave and the washing machine
Experts have found that these two household appliances do not have the best effect on each other when working. Such a negative impact is due to the following factors:
A switched-on washing machine is a source of strong vibrations, especially when the spin mode is set. It is quite natural that the sensitive vibrations will be transmitted to all the things on the top cover of the machine. This can lead to a breach in the reliability of the connection of individual parts of the microwave and malfunctions in its program.
Also, the microwave oven loses its stability when placed on the washing machine. As it moves, it may move off one side or fall to the floor.
All modern laundry appliances function through sophisticated software and fine-tuning. At this point, there is no evidence that washing machine malfunctions are due to microwave radiation. But the opposite has not yet been proven either, that the infrared waves generated by the microwave oven do not affect the functioning of the machine. Therefore, scientists suggest, at least until an exact answer to this question is found, to separate these devices in the kitchen space.
Peculiarities of connection to the mains
Each unit has its own way of dealing with power. Usually, if there are not enough outlets, it is allowed to use extension cords or surge protectors. But not in this case. Even having 2 outlets may not help solve the problem. Here it is important to achieve an even distribution of the load. And this is possible only if you connect the outlets to different circuit breakers on the electrical panel.
How to properly combine useful devices
But what if the only place to place the microwave oven, is located above the washing machine? Then it is advisable to adhere to the following recommendations:
- If you plan to install the microwave on the washing machine – focus on models whose weight does not exceed 15 kg.
- Separate the appliances with a countertop. It will reduce the interaction between them and reduce the negative impact of the appliances on each other.
- Take measures to reduce vibration. For example, level the floor as much as possible under the washing machine.
Make sure there are no leaks during the washing process, as water can enter the heater and interfere with its operation.
To summarize, we note that it is allowed to put a microwave oven on the washing machine, but you can do it only in exceptional cases. If possible, it is better to distribute these appliances in the internal volume of the kitchen.
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