Is it alright to mount a counter top microwave over my range?
As for venting of the range, my exhaust fan is actually in the wall
next to the range as opposed to overhead. My question/concern is
whether/if an over the range microwave has some other attribute that a
counter top microwave doesn't have.
OTR microwaves have at least one safety thermostat on the bottom so if
the cooking temps below the mirowave or the microwave bottom gets too
hot the thermostat will close and turn on the exhaust fan by itself.
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I would hesitate to mount any microwave over a range unless you seldom
My guess is those designed to mount over a range are designed to handle
the heat that they are likely to be exposed to where a counter top unit is
not. This could result in overheated components and damage to the
microwave. Likewise I would expect such a microwave to be designed to
handle the additional grease it is likely to encounter.
I wonder how well a vent on the wall next to the range would work as
compared to above?
Personally I would try to avoid having any microwave above my range,
even one designed to go there. It is just not a good environment for that
kind of appliance and I would think that it is not the most convenient
location. I often use my microwave when I am also using the range which
means things would be getting crowded and I would be reaching over a hot
range to access the microwave. If I have a very small kitchen I might try
Don't do it. They're not designed for the heat, and as others have
mentioned, real OTR microwaves have a safety device that runs the fan when
it senses heat from below.
I beg to differ. Unless you have a large, newer kitchen where you can mount
a conventional microwave at eye-level, the OTR configuration is very handy.
We installed one 2 years ago and I like it much better than on-the-counter.
I installed one for my Mom last summer and she is similarly pleased with it.
Freeing up the extra counter space is a nice bonus.
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