Dan has been a homeowner for some 40 years and has nearly always done his own repair and improvement tasks. He is a licensed electrician. Most of the time, installing an over the range microwave oven is not difficult, but each house is different, and problems can be encountered. This article is designed to cover some of the potential problems that may be found as well as give basic instructions on how to install an over the range microwave oven. The descriptions and photos are from the third such over the range microwave oven I've installed in recent months, with the work being done this time in an older home.
My total time, including mounting the new plug, cleaning up afterward and taking photos was about 2 hours.
Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. A microwave should, ideally, have it's own circuit. It is not absolutely necessary, but you should be prepared to watch and not overload the circuit. A microwave, an electric skillet and a coffeepot, for instance, will likely pop the breaker.
What if the existing vent to the outside and the new microwaves vent do not match up? There is an inch between the top of the microwave and the bottom of the cupboard. Most microwaves must be bolted to that upper cabinet, which means you will have to put in a small spacer between the cabinet and the microwave. The vent must then be extended down to the microwave with some sheet metal; with only an inch or so to go, I would suggest purchasing some roof flashing and cutting and bending it to fit.
Our existing hood fan does not vent to the outside. So I need ductwork to the outside for a proper install? Only if you want to vent the range fumes and steam outside. Most if not all microwaves come with the ability to either vent outside through a duct or to filter it and blow back inside. Considering how much can be put in a cabinet, and how much is typically put into cabinets high over a range, there should never be a problem.
Plus, of course, the wall is carrying a good deal of the weight. Tipping one into place and screwing it to the cabinet takes some effort, but a lot of the reason is bulkiness and awkwardness. The actual weight of the cabinet is not great. As far as I know, no. While it would be possible to design such a system it would certainly require additional wall strength; sheetrock alone would never hold a microwave oven and it's contents.
We are installing the same make of over-the-range microwave. Could you explain how these instructions for installing and over-the-range microwave work? I'm certain that the circuit amperage used for the vent hood you replaced can't power the microwave. The microwave needs to be on 20amp circuit. Most hoods were on less and tied into other kitchen circuits, like ceiling lights.
Do your breakers pop?
The microwave should be no less than 13" above the range. In addition, it should be no more than 54" above the floor - any less and it can be difficult for shorter people to use.
If there is no wall behind the stove, are there brackets to attach to the cabinets to install an over-the-range microwave? None that I have seen. Nor is the microwave capable of being hung there - it is designed for most of the weight to be on the wall.
Most cabinets would not hold it anyway. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. You have two problems here.
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But beyond that, you will have to enlarge the screw holes in the cabinet above. If there are blocks used to support the microwave, they can be moved and the existing holes re-used, but it will require a larger hole in the cabinet itself. If there are no blocks used to distribute the weight in the cabinet you will have to supply some. Was supposed to have a 3 inch cabinet filler on both sides. Can the microwave be slid over a little to accommodate this or will it have to be removed and reinstalled.
And what about the toggle bolts. It must fasten behind and above, and to material strong enough to hold it up. One must be able to get inside any "bulkhead" above and provide strong supports, although the wall behind needs only something along the lines of sheetrock.
Given those requirements can be met, though, it shouldn't be too difficult - at worst open up the structure above or construct something, and then cover the opening after adding structural support. Any ideas on how to install oven top microwave if there isn't a cabinet but bulkhead instead? I have seen any that shallow.
Amazon lists several at or just over 15" deep, but that's about it. I suspect it will be very hard to find or impossible because that will sit it quite a ways back from the front of the range and make it difficult to load and empty. Coincidentally, I very recently did just that. The last microwave I installed lasted just one year and 5 days. Five days past the warranty period. A new one was purchased, of a different brand, and installed. The brackets were radically different - there was no chance that the old bracket would fit the new microwave.
Even if I had purchased the same manufacturer, I doubt that the bracket would have fit. The same model - maybe, but even that is in doubt. Plan on removing and replacing that old bracket. If you don't have to, well and good, but you should be prepared to do so.
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Click thumbnail to view full-size. Incomplete or Missing Electrical Connections The task began with the removal of the old range fan unit, mounted in the place the over the range microwave oven was to occupy. Installing the microwave supports Click thumbnail to view full-size. Installing the Microwave The first step in installing the new microwave is to attach the mounting bracket to the wall. Adjusting the blower motor Click thumbnail to view full-size.
Adjusting the blower As it came from the factory, the exhaust blower in the microwave was installed to recirculate air back into the room. Installing the Microwave The actual installation of the microwave is quite simple - the bottom rear of the microwave is set onto the small hooks on the rear bracket screwed to the wall, the plug and cord fed up inside the cabinet, and the unit tipped up into place. Installing an over the range microwave. Questions must be on-topic, written with proper grammar usage, and understandable to a wide audience.
Are most cabinets sturdy enough for a Hood microwave? Are there microwaves that install on the wall only? Is the existing electrical the correct voltage for the microwave? Are typical exhaust fans less? The typical voltage for both is the Volts found throughout the house.
I would suspect that the You are correct in that a What is the required height from stovetop to bottom of the microwave?
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