I have this very old combination of a kitchen range, a microwave, and a
range hood as one piece. Now I am trying to replace it with modern
ones, but I was told that they do not make them as one piece anymore.
This is really inconvenient because:
1. I'll have to mount a microwave to the wall
2. I could not find a range hood that can be mounted above a microwave
Are there other options ? Or is it still possible to find all 3 as one
The over the range MW does not need the cabinet to hang there on the wall it
is completely self contained for installation purposes. So, if you can't
match your cabinets you can build a fake hood or use a shelf etcetera to
give the project a finished look.
Apparently all microwaves over-the-range can suck in the air at their
bottom, and have an air duct connector at the top, so I won't need a
separate range hood.
The only problem is that they do not sell a range amd a m/w as a single
piece now, so the m/w will have to be hunging off the wall and off the
cabinet above. M/w over-the-range tend to be heavy (> 60 lbs), and I am
a bit worried that the wall may not be able to hold it.
In 30" of mounting bracket you will be able to mount to at least 2 studs and
use one toggle bolt. You will have no problems with a normal residential
wall. You might have to drill an extra hole or 2 in the bracket to hit the
studs behind the wall.
Sears and Whirlpool are the 2 brands that I have experience with that would
not require a cabinet above. Edwin has stated there are some that would. I
have never seen one but maybe because my experience is limited to the 2
Yes. Get yourself to an appliance store with a knowlegable staff. The range
stands alone, the microwave with a built-in range hood mounts on the wall above
it. No you only have the problem of getting a 120v 20 circuit to the microwave
and hood, once previously fed from your range circuit but cannot anymore.
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