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mircowave with crack on door window

my microwave in kitchen has a crack on the window due to the fact that it's located right on top of the stove.  i have since stopped using it to heat up food.  however, it has a very nice fan and lighting system, which i am still using.  my question is whether or not using it this way can still result in harmful side effects.  thanks.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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nickg5

The microwaves go through glass which is why you can use glass containers in the oven.

Is the mesh part of your microwave door intact?

The metal mesh is what keeps the microwaves inside the unit. If the glass is cracked you lose some protection for the mesh.

Damage to the mesh may now be greater.
Maybe it's time to replace the microwave.
Michael Dyer

If the mesh in the door is still intact, it is probably fine to use it.  However, you might be better off just replacing it.  When mine dies, I plan to install a simple hood with light over the oven and just buy a counter top microwave.  They are way cheaper and easier to replace, and I just do not like having electronics right over steaming pots.
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let me clarify to nickg5 and Michael Byer, i am actually NOT using the microwave part, just the lights and fan that come with it.
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SunBow

Thanx