• Installing a microwave over the range can save a lot of space and make room for other appliances in the kitchen. Moreover, placing the microwave over the stove also makes it highly accessible. When the range and microwave are at arm's length, cooking is easier and more organized. If you have basic electrical knowledge and are handy with drills and screws, the installation process can be relatively simple.

    Existing Stove Hood

    If you have a built-in stove hood to vent your stove, you may not be able to place a microwave oven directly over the range. Alternatively, you may need to select a special microwave designed for over-the-stove use so the microwave itself can act as the stove hood and allow for venting. Check the plans in your kitchen to find out whether the hood/venting area contains internal fan components before beginning the work.

    Electrical Outlet

    To install a microwave above you range, you also need an electrical outlet into which you can plug the microwave. If no outlet box is accessible, you must install one. This is a routine job for an electrician, who will place it in the right location.

    Placing the Microwave

    Ensure that you have enough space before installing the microwave, which can be placed no less than 2-1/2 feet above the stove. Once you have selected the location, switch both the microwave and the main power off. If you opted for an over-the-range/microwave hood combination, the microwave can also function as a ventilation hood for your stove. If the microwave model does not have a range hood, consult an electrician to do the electrical wiring. If it has a range hood, remove the hood so the wires are visible. A junction box will have to be installed next, which an experienced electrician can do. If you want to install your own junction box, purchase a junction-box kit at a home-improvement store, and most come with wiring guides. However, be aware that, although wires are color coded, installation may be difficult and most code laws require the box to be sealed with a junction box cover. The junction box will connect the wires to the unit and connect the wires to the junction box according to the instructions on the microwave. If you are uncertain at all, consult an electrician. After the wiring is complete, you can hang the microwave. The microwave comes with a wall-hanger, which should be placed at the back of the device to enable it to be hung above the stove. You will need to make sure that the wall behind the stove and the place where you hang the microwave are strong enough to support its weight. Use a stud finder to ensure you place the screws on studs so that the microwave is properly supported. Once you have found the studs, you will need to drill holes and use walls screws designed for the type of wall you have and capable of holding the weight of the microwave.


    It is important to ensure that the microwave is properly ventilated. This means that the microwave should not be so close to cabinets on both sides that the vents are blocked. If possible, the vents should face a window to improve air circulation as well.


    Refurber: How to Install an Over the Range Microwave

    • RareCatch
      Excellent Nov 09

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