After year of use our microwave suddenly sparked and then emitted a familiar smell. Fire. After stopping it, and unplugging it, it was clear the enamel had worn off the sides and thus was equivalent to placing metal in the microwave. A no-no. It reminded me of all the EZ Bake Oven recalls when people feared they were going to set fires etc. After the "incident" I was a little scared of my microwave.
The good news is that I was able to fix it (more on that in a later post). The bad news is that we were without a microwave for a few days. This was not something I was prepared to deal with. I had no idea how often I used the microwave. Try the following without a microwave: heating up leftovers, warming your coffee after adding too much cold milk, defrosting something quickly. You get the idea. Needless to say, after a few days of heating leftovers in the oven and mornings with cold coffee the microwave has been restored.