At All Pro Appliance Service, we pride ourselves in not only repairing any issues hampering your appliances, but also offering potential replacement suggestions in cases where they’ve been damaged or worn down beyond repair. This means we have a strong working knowledge of all the appliances we service, including microwave repair and related solutions.
One particular type of microwave that we both repair and offer expertise on regularly to clients is known as the convection microwave. What exactly is a convection microwave, how does it work, and what are its benefits and drawbacks compared to other microwave types if damage or other problems to your current microwave require replacement? Here are some basics to be aware of.
Convection Microwave Basics
A convection microwave is a type of hybrid appliance, one that’s able to both cook and reheat food but can also perform tasks like baking, roasting, browning and crisping. It will generally look roughly the same as a traditional microwave, though obviously far smaller than a typical oven. It utilizes a built-in fan and heating coil to provide heat to food, a process we’ll go over in further detail below.
How it Works
Convection microwaves utilize convection technology, which refers to the transfer of heat through bulk movement of molecules within fluids. For those who require standard microwave needs, the convection microwave meets all of them.
However, it can also provide several other heating modes, as we went over above. It accomplishes this by moving into what’s known as convection mode, where it uses a heating element combined with a fan to circulate much higher levels of heat throughout the interior of the space, cooking food evenly both inside and outside. Most modern convection microwaves or ovens have preset programs that allow you to automatically move between microwaving and convection mode.
Benefits and Drawbacks
There are both pros and cons of convection microwaves depending on your needs. Some potential positives:
- Versatility: The ability to toggle between cooking modes is enormously valuable for many homeowners.
- Speed: Convection microwaves heat quickly.
- Sustainability: These models use much less energy than traditional convection ovens.
- Space: For those in smaller spaces who don’t want to crowd them with a full-sized oven, the convection microwave is a great alternative.
There are also some potential drawbacks:
- Convection microwaves usually need to be cleaned after every use, which can be a hassle for some.
- They have limited interior space and can only cook one dish at a time, unlike traditional ovens.
- There is no bottom heating element, meaning certain foods that require base cooking, such as pie or pizza, will not do well.
For more on convection microwaves, or to learn about any of our appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.