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How does over the range microwave vent?

Last Updated: 29th May, 2020

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Over-the-range microwaves have a light and fan built into the bottom of the appliance. After the smoke and steam are removed, the filtered fan vents the air outside your home or cleans it before releasing it back into the kitchen.

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Also asked, how does an over the range microwave vent work?

Exhaust Effectiveness An externally vented microwave mounted over a cooktop uses a fan to draw air through the microwave's vents and into an exhaust duct leading to the exterior of the building, so most of the moisture, heat, odor and particulate matter generated by cooking goes directly outside.

Likewise, how do you tell if your microwave is vented outside? If the microwave has intake vents on the bottom, check the cabinet above the microwave for a duct that goes to the outside of your home. That vent is sometimes attached to the back wall behind the microwave instead of going through the cabinet above the microwave if it is vented to the outside of your home.

Likewise, people ask, are microwave vents effective?

Ductless vent hoods, while not the best option, are still superior to OTR microwaves for venting kitchen fumes. Ductless vent hood filtration systems are generally more effective than the OTR microwaves, since the hoods are designed specifically to filter kitchen contaminants out of the air.

Do Over the range microwaves need to be vented outside?

Over-the-range microwaves have a light and fan built into the bottom of the appliance. After the smoke and steam are removed, the filtered fan vents the air outside your home or cleans it before releasing it back into the kitchen.

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Do range hoods have to vent outside?

Since they don't need to vent to your home's exterior and are ductless, you are not required to install them only where there is a duct. These hoods operate by filtering the air they suck in and then blowing it back out into the room, essentially using a recirculation process.

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Do countertop microwaves need a vent?

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Is range hood better than microwave?

So, the range hood is more professional than OTR microwave. A range hood is also best suitable for a huge amount of cocking. However, you should choose OTR microwave to avoid the using of burners often. The over the range microwave can be your right choice if you have a lack of space.

Dinah Oehrle

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Is it safe to put a microwave above a gas stove?

All current over the range microwaves can be installed over gas cooking products up to and including 5 burner stoves. As long as the 66" minimum from the floor to the top of the microwave is followed there will be no performance or warranty problem. This includes Advantium ovens and convection microwaves.

Sterling Mliss

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How do you vent a microwave over the roof?

Start in the attic and drill a hole through the roof in the desired vent location. Try to keep it close to the fan location. Leave the drill bit sticking through the roof so you can find the hole. From up on the roof, use a jigsaw or reciprocating saw to cut a 4-in.

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Do Over the range microwaves come with mounting brackets?

Each microwave comes with the mounting hardware (mounting bracket, screws, exhaust adapter), top and rear templates, and installation instructions needed to make installation a simple process.

Alfred Lippolis

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Where should an outlet be above a range microwave?

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Most microwaves are configured so the power cord extends up through the floor of the upper cabinet above the microwave, so the best place for this wall outlet is inside the upper cabinet.

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How much does it cost to install an over the range microwave?

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An over-the-range microwave price is $50-$300 without a fan. These microwaves come with installation bracket mounts where the microwave is placed after making the frame. A microwave with a fan will cost more roughly $200-$500. High-end microwaves cost more than $500.

Eladino Moehlen

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Does Home Depot install over the range microwaves?

The Home Depot offers installation services for both over the range microwaves, washer and dryers. We charge a fee for the installation of the over the range microwaves; however this fee includes the haul away of the old unit.

Lanny Harutyunyan

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Can a microwave be plugged into any outlet?

Most microwaves require a dedicated 20-amp, 120-125 volt circuit for safe operation. Although it's not completely unrealistic to see a microwave plugged into a standard wall outlet, some models require more power. Large microwaves can draw 1500 watts of power or more, thus requiring their own dedicated circuit.

Snizhana Grafwallner

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How high should a microwave be above a stove?

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends that the bottom of the microwave should be no higher than 54 inches above the floor, which would allow for 18 inches of clearance between the microwave and the typical cooktop height of 36 inches.

Witold Scheppach

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Does Lowes install over the range microwaves?

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Dishwashers, microwaves, cooktops, wall ovens, slide-in ranges, drop-in ranges, gas ranges, gas dryers, range hoods, garbage disposals and trash compactors can be installed by a Lowe's third-party qualified professional.

Jacek Vaugt

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Are all Samsung Microwave mounting brackets the same?

All mounting kits are not they same. They are specifically designed by the manufacturer for the model. Mounting kits are provided when you purchase the above range microwave or you can purchase one separately.

Louhou Atazhakhov

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Are over the range microwaves hardwired?

Answer: You are correct in that a microwave needs a large circuit, such as the 20 amp circuits that the electrical code requires for kitchen outlets. Most range fans will be wired that way; the only other options are to tie it into some other circuit or run a dedicated circuit just for the fan.

Youssif Floyd

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Should I put microwave over range?

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Igarki Ouchan

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What is the best CFM for over the range microwave?

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The CFM (how many cubes of air is exhausted in a minute) is 300-400 on the average side. Most range hoods are 300-695 CFM's for a standard gas range.

Ginesta Daushev

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What is the best over the range microwave?

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  • Samsung ME18H704SFS 1.8 Cu.
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  • GE 1.7 Cu.
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  • LG LMV2031ST Stainless Steel 2.0 Cu.

Maverick Illinza

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What is the difference between over the range and built in microwave?

Dave, over-the-range microwaves are meant to be installed over a Range to assist with ventilation while built in Microwaves can be installed in most cabinet spaces. Over the range mounts on the bottom of your over the range kitchen cabinet.