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Gsd1mom

11:04AM | 11/09/07
Member Since: 09/18/05
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Bvelectrical
Hi, my counter top microwave does not work any more and we are looking into getting a new over the range microwave or microhood as some of them are called to save our counter space. Currently, we have a range hood over the stove and the wall behind it has already the wiring for the range hood light. My question is, if we remove the range hood, can we use the existing wiring for a new outlet to plug in the new over the range microwave?. Also, is this a easy proyect to do it ourselves? We have some experience installing light fixtures in our home and all the lights work!. I would appreciate any answers and ideas. Thank you.

DanO

12:40PM | 11/09/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** if we remove the range hood, can we use the existing wiring for a new outlet to plug in the new over the range microwave? **

That will depend on how it is wired to the fuse panel. A microwave oven should be on its own dedicated circuit.

** is this a easy project to do it ourselves? **

Without knowing how handy you are, that would be impossible for anyone here to say. Most manufactures supply installation manuals for their products on their web sites. Download one and read what will be involved to see if you think you can handle it.

** We have some experience installing light fixtures in our home **

It will likely be considerably more difficult installing an OTR microwave oven than replacing a light fixture.

** we are looking into getting a new over the range microwave or microhood as some of them are called to save our counter space **

There are also a few under the counter models available (see the following link) which don't need to be installed above a range.

- Over the *Counter* Microwave Ovens

LINK > http://tinyurl.com/3dtul9

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Microwave

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