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Question DetailsAsked on 1/6/2017

what changes should be done to a 60HZ microwave oven to work on 50 HZ

I was working in a country that has 60HZ electricity, the microwave oven which I brought with me to my home country did not work and its fuses blown up because my country electricity is 50HZ. what changes could be done to this microwave to make it work on 50 HZ. Thank you

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Google a search phrase like "using 60Hz microwave on 50Hz" for a lot of blogs and comments on this subject.

A quick scan indicates that a lot of people have had theirs not work or fail trying that - some say bringing a 50Hz one to US at 60Hz works, but other direction seems to be a problem.

Unless the owners manual or nameplate on it says 50Hz compatible, I would say for the hundred or two $, get a new one rated for what looks like european power standards - a lot cheaper than rebuilding to 50Hz or getting a power regulator that can change the frequency. Also - pay attention to voltage - are you in 110/120V country or 210/220/230/240V country, which would require a transformer at least.

Since you say blowing fuses, might also be that its power draw is too much for your circuit anyway - a lot of countries have 10-15 amp standard household circuits versus the 20 amp common in the US - a 10 amp circuit (at 110-120V) could only safely handle up to about an 800W microwave, 15A about 1300W, and 20A about 1750W - assuming that is the only demand on that circuit.

Another possibility on the fuse blowing - some countries have different wiring principles and different live/neutral/ground wiring configurations, so your US device might be creating a dead short on your wiring scheme.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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