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Do mounted microwaves need to be vented?

Do mounted microwaves need to be vented?

There is no requirement that your Over The Range (OTR) Microwave be vented to the outdoors. All OTR microwave ovens can be set up to either allow the fan to recirculate the air back into the kitchen or be vented to the outdoors.

Can over the range microwaves be vented outside?

All over-the-range microwaves can be vented to the outside using an equivalent total of 140 feet of rigid 3 1/4″ x 10″ rectangular or rigid 6″ round ducting. Microwaves are shipped from the factory to vent out the top (vertically) but can also be vented out the rear (horizontally).

How much does it cost to install a microwave vent?

Over-the-range microwave installation cost

Vent type Install cost
Replace non-vented (ductless) microwave $100 – $150
Replace vented microwave & connect to existing ductwork $150 – $300
Replace range hood with a microwave & connect to existing ductwork $200 – $400

How does a microwave vent work?

A vented microwave range hood is a microwave with a fan that is ducted to the outside. Air passes through some type of filter inside the fan (often charcoal filters). Then, it travels through ductwork outside your home.

How do you vent an over the range microwave?

Place the exhaust adapter from the microwave into the duct as indicated in the instruction manual, making sure it lines up with the mounting plate and the house duct. Line the microwave up with the duct and connect it. Install the exterior vent hood per the instruction manual.

How long does it take to install a over the range microwave?

Plan to spend about two hours to hang the microwave from the wall and cabinet, but it might take longer if venting and wiring is required. Before you begin, move the range if it’s in the way, and install a microwave cabinet.

What is a convertible vent in a microwave?

A convertible range hood is an appliance designed to remove smoke, steam, grease, cooking fumes and odors from the air in your kitchen, with or without ductwork for ventilation.

Do all over-the-range microwaves need to be vented?

An over-the-range microwave is great for venting. Image Credit: Eric Audras/ONOKY/GettyImages When considering the best venting in an over-the-range microwave, options include ducted vents and recirculating vents. Ultimately, the goal of the vent is to pull the air from the microwave and deposit it outside of your home.

Do all microwaves vent outside?

Over-the-range microwaves can vent to the outside or can recirculate the air. When a microwave is replacing a standard range hood, it is usually best to use the existing venting method. Microwaves that vent to the outside force the air through duct work to the outdoors.

What is a front vent microwave?

Front Vent. Microwaves with a front vent are the easiest to install over a stove because the unit vents into the kitchen instead of through an outer wall or the house roof. It is tempting to install a trim or lower valence kit so that the bottom front of the microwave matches the decor of the surrounding cabinets.