We just purchased a new (to us) home. It doesn't have an over the range microwave and I would like one installed. There is a range hood that is vented over the stove right now.
My question is - how difficult is it to install such a microwave and how would that work with regards to the overhead kitchen cabinets that I assume will need to be cut?
Any suggestions, ideas and estimated cost would be appreciated!
The installation of the over the range microwave is a very simple job especially the fact that the there is an existing vent. As for the installation estimate, should range between $100 to $150 Max. Not a penny more.
I hope this could of some help.
Hello Heidi. Thanks for posting your project at TrustedPros.
Here are a couple things to consider in regards to your project. There are pros and cons to both a range vent fan and a microwave hood fan.
A microwave hood fan certainly frees us much needed counter space and still allows venting over the stove however, typically is not as efficient as a dedicated range vent. The interior of a range vent is far more spacious allowing air to flow unobstructed. Furthermore, a range vent is also quieter than a microwave hood fan. Now having just stated this, there are exceptions to both observations. With a little more money you can get an efficient and quiet microwave hood fan.
In regards to installation, your microwave hood fan will require a dedicated 15A circuit wired directly to the panel. These units do draw more power than a range vent. Often an outlet is installed in your upper cabinets and hole cut to accommodate the power cord.
If existing ducting is sufficient then simply mate the components from the hood fan to the existing ducting.
Your picture does suggest that your upper cabinets will need to be cut down to allow for the microwave hood fan (a clearance of at least 16" is required above your stove).
Hence you're looking at 2 parts to your project: the actually installation and wiring of your microwave hood fan as well as the altering of your upper cabinet.
Needless to say, prices will vary. You will need quotes from both electrical contractors and from cabinet installers.
Hope this helps and all the best.
The fire code for anything above your stove is a min of 600 mm or 24 inches for a protected surface and 750 mm for unprotected surfaces. Also as stated above a dedicated 15 amp breaker is required for a microwave. Next you need to check the CFM of the exhaust fan and vent accordingly. most OTR microwaves require 5 or some even 6 inch venting. I assume that you will only have 4 inch venting.
You will have to have the over the range cabinet cut down and new doors ordered and stained to match the existing cabinetry.
I hope this clarifies some of your concerns.
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