Installing a microwave over the range without a vent is a great way to free up kitchen counter space. It’s also an easy DIY task if you make the preparations beforehand.
Luckily, we have covered everything you need to know about the microwave range and how to install them correctly. So without further ado, let’s get on with this tutorial.
Things you will need to install an over the range microwave mount.
Gather your supplies before starting your installation project. Some things you will need include:
- A plug-in microwave that fits the designated space
- A stool or a small ladder
- A drilling machine
- A pencil or any other tool for marking
- A stud finder
- An assistant or a helping hand
Step 1: Remove the Existing Over the Range Microwave
Once you have gathered your supplies, it’s time to start the installation process. If you already have an existing microwave that you are looking to replace, simply remove it to make a place for the new one.
While the installation process may sound technical, removing one requires simple removal of the plug and easing out the microwave from its brackets.
You will also want to remove any existing brackets and make a place for the new one. While it may be tempting to install a new microwave over the same brackets, the chances are slim that you can utilize the existing hardware unless, of course, you are getting the same model of a microwave.
Step 2: Check the Microwave Specification
Unpack your new microwave and check the specification it includes. Each new microwave comes with its own set of templates that aid in drilling holes on the walls.
Before you begin, check the details carefully and keep all the templates aside to assist you during the installation.
Step 3: Check Over the Range Microwave Venting Options
As the primary step of the installation, you will need to identify the venting option for your microwave. Does it vent outside through the backside or the top? Or does it recycle the air back in the home?
The way your microwave vents depend on its specific model. You can check the option by removing the vent – usually from the top. Ensure the blower is facing the correct position, i.e., forward for interior venting and back or upwards for the exterior.
If you are replacing an existing microwave, use the current venting route for your new microwave set. Install a new exhaust adapter, and your venting will be good to go.
However, if there is no existing vent available, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and provide the necessary installation to ensure correct ventilation of microwave heat.
Step 4: Prepare to Wall Mount Microwave
Microwaves are extremely heavy and require adequate support to hold up on your walls. This is why you must measure each area accurately to ensure proper support.
Use a stud finder to identify the markers in the back mounting wall. Then find the exact centerline between the cabinets to mark the space where your microwave will go.
Use the provided templates with the microwave and line it perfectly in position. The lines on the template will tell you where to drill the holes and keep the process of installing a microwave over the range without vent seamless.
Step 5: Drill the Holes
When it comes to installation, the size and location of the mounting holes hold a lot of importance. A mistake here or there can ruin your entire project.
Use the drill and the appropriate bits to drill out the correct holes in the top wall. But do note that you don’t have to take out the template from the wall. Instead, drill the holes right through the template for correct positioning and remove the template later.
Drill out the opening for the electric cord as well, following the instructions indicated on the template.
Take the help of stud markings to screw in the mounting screws. Keep the mounting plate straight and use a level to ensure proper placement as this plate will serve as the main support for the microwave.
Step 6: Mount the Microwave
As the final step to replace the range microwave, call up your extra pair of hands to help you with the mounting. Before propelling the microwave up, put the electric cord on top of the microwave so you can fetch it easily once you have positioned the appliance.
With another person holding onto the other side of the microwave, push the appliance carefully on the mounting plate or bracket you have installed. However, don’t release the microwave just yet and attach the provided screws through the top in the holes you already drilled.
Tighten the bolts to secure the microwave onto the plate and gently guide the electric cord through the opening in the cabinet.
Once you are done, double-check the brackets to ensure they are correctly supporting the microwave from beneath. Even if it is slightly loose, you run the risk of your microwave coming crashing down without warning, so make sure you double-check the placement before releasing the microwave.
Step 7: Turn on the Microwave
Lastly, turn on the microwave and get ready to cook/warm your favorite food on the wall mount microwave.
Now that you know how to install a microwave, you can agree that the task is easy and requires very minimal effort – provided that you have all the necessary supplies and instructions in hand.
Just make sure to work carefully when installing a microwave over the range without a vent, follow all the manufacturer’s instructions, and avoid any accidents. It is also a good idea to have someone double-check all the measurements to ensure you are doing everything accurately.
Ultimately, you will take pride in the installation that you did yourself without any professional help. Right? Good luck, and let us know how your experience went.