Replacing an existing hood fan with an over-the-range microwave can be a great way to free up counter space in your kitchen. An over-the-range mounted microwave is both convenient and functional. Before you swap out your hood fan with a microwave, however, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind.
Start by making sure you have an electrical outlet available for your new microwave. Ideally, it should be located inside the cabinet from which the microwave will be mounted for easy concealing. Also, be sure that the outlet has its own dedicated circuit.
Over-the-range microwaves come in a variety of ventilation configurations. Most will vent either through the top or back of the unit. Back vents are ideal if you already have a ventilation pipe installed that runs to the outside of your home. You’ll need to make sure the vent fan lines up properly. Top-vented microwave is an easier option that doesn’t require additional ductwork, which will vent out from the front of the unit itself.
Finally, make sure there’s enough clearance between your stove top and your new microwave, as well as between the floor and your microwave. You can check the specific installation instructions of the microwave to find out the minimum recommended clearance before you install.
Keep these considerations in mind as you prepare to install a new over-the-range microwave. Have the over-the-range microwave installed by a professional.