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plum

01:21PM | 10/23/06
Member Since: 12/02/03
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we had a maytag over the stove microwave installed 2 years ago when we had our home built. it is junk. the outer door has been replaced & after 4 months it's falling apart again.

the builder never built the outdoor vent so we are going to do this.

i would like to know if they sell microwaves that are vented to blow the steam out through a regular vent rather than just into the microwave itself which accomplishes nothing but a sweaty mess in my kitchen.

we will do the necessary venting ourselves & we were going to just install a good range hood but i still would like the convenience of having a vented microwave over the stove.

thanks.

irene

Billhart

04:33PM | 10/23/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
The vent fans in most over the counter microwaves can be vented out the back, out the top, or neither and they recirculate the air out the front.


DanO

06:19PM | 10/23/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
As Bill said, most OTR microwave ovens can be either vented outdoors or recirculated into the room, with the use of a optional charcoal filter.

** we will do the necessary venting ourselves **

Be sure to stick to the microwave's installation instructions or else it will not vent adequately. Most such units do not vent as well as a straight range hood and any reduction in its capability would likely produce unsatisfactory results.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Microwave+Oven

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plum

04:24AM | 10/24/06
Member Since: 12/02/03
7 lifetime posts
thank you for your quick response.

after reading your answer, i am under the impression i have to follow the instructions for a particular microwave which may or may not last a few years.

since we have no out side vent, we will be installing one & anything we put up over the stove will have to fit that particular structure in the future size wise.

my argument always has been that if we lived in an older home with an outside vent/range hood & we wanted to replace the range hood with a vented micro wave, there should be no major problem in doing so.

thanks again.

i

plum

04:28AM | 10/24/06
Member Since: 12/02/03
7 lifetime posts
thank you. i thought so.

now all we need to find is a microwave that will last for more than a couple of years. seeing the door frame start to split apart so soon again is frightening because we don't know if it's still safe to use.

even our maytag stove is mostly constructed with plastic & it's cracking in many places.

thanks again.

i

DanO

09:27AM | 10/24/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** anything we put up over the stove will have to fit that particular structure in the future size wise. **

The venting requirements may very from model to model and brand to brand. If you need to replace any kind of range hood (reg. OR micro) down the road, you may have to alter the ducting connections too.

** if we lived in an older home with an outside vent/range hood & we wanted to replace the range hood with a vented micro wave, there should be no major problem in doing so. **

That is not necessarily the case. There is no "standard" I've ever heard of for range hoods' duct connections. But as they used to last 20+, having to make alterations after that time period wasn't an extremely big deal (although still a headache).

There also used to be fewer brands on the market whose manufactures used the same basic product specifications for years. If one of their older units died, you could often just slap up one of their current models as a replacement. With so many different designs now on the market, that may no longer be true.

** seeing the door frame start to split apart so soon again is frightening because we don't know if it's still safe to use. **

If it is just plastic trim which is the problem, it should not affect the safety of the microwave oven. Only metal stops microwaves and if the metal screen in the window is intact and the door closing properly, there should be no microwave leakage. You could call someone in to test it, if you were really concerned.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=Maytag+Microwave

The Appliance Information Site

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