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Can You Use Over the Range Microwave on Counter?

The most important thing to consider while designing a kitchen is the appliances you are going to install in it. This equipment not only makes it easy for you to search out the items in the kitchen but it also determines the functionality of the same. If you are looking out for the best countertop microwave oven then what is better than purchasing an over the range microwave? Usually, over the range, microwave oven looks most appropriate and suitable for the small spaced kitchen. However, before updating an over the range microwave oven in the counter, it is essential to consider the factor that the oven is positioned in a way that it must ventilate in a correct form

The major benefit of installing over the range microwave is that it plays an essential part in saving the space of your kitchen especially in the one where it is hard to locate the other appliances. Now the questions arise where to place this oven or can you use over the range microwave on counter? If you really desire to save the space in your kitchen, then nothing is better than installing the over range microwave on a countertop. Though the installation requires a few types of equipment to fit the oven, it is inexpensive. Here I am presenting the common ways to install an over the range microwave oven on the countertop by your own.

DIY ways – How can you use over the range microwave on the counter

You can begin the installation of the microwave once you get the required tools for it. Here are the steps following which you can get an over the range microwave oven installed on the counter:

  • Determine the height to install the oven – basically, the base of the oven should not exceed the height of 55 inches from your kitchen floor. So in order to ensure the secure utilization of the oven, it is advisable to place the same at a height of no more than 30 inches. Moreover, a microwave also has a fan that ventilates in the outer surface. In such cases, check the microwave kit to get the additional fittings that are used to fit the oven and make it ventilate properly.
  • Get the installation template from your microwave kit – a template comes with the microwave to make it easy for the user to install the microwave in the most appropriate location so that the oven would ventilate properly. You might also observe a mounting bracket along with the template. Do not forget to examine whether the template is square or not? And if the microwave is fitting well in it?
  • Find a stud– to position the over the range microwave oven, you need to find minimum one stud in the wall to attach the mounting hardware. You can either ascertain the stud in the wall using the electronic finder or can opt for tapping the wall with a hammer. If you observe a ‘thunk’ sound, then it is the stud and right place to attach the oven. In most of the cases, the studs are sited at a distance of no less than 15 inches on the wall. So take a measuring tape and compute the distance to 15 inches to get the next stud. Once you have marked and drilled the studs, the next step is to fit the microwave oven on the same.
  • Fit the microwave onto the wall plate – make sure to take the assistance of a supporter to hold the microwave and place it on the wall plate. However, if your model doesn’t consist a wall plate then position the over the range microwave underneath the cabinet.
  • Drill holes beneath the cabinet – the next step is to plug in the cord on the top of the appliance. For that, you are required to drill holes beneath the cabinet and set the cord in the same. Do not switch on the power unless you have finished the setup.
  • Feed the bolts – fasten you’re over the range microwave on the counter by positioning the screws in the drilled holes at the bottom of the cabinet. The screwdrivers are the top-most tools to fasten it. Make sure to examine whether the oven is tightened properly
  • Connect the fan – take out the fan from your microwave kit and connect the same according to the location of your ventilation system. Usually, the fans and the ventilation varies as per diverse models and the manufacturers; you can easily place the fan changing the direction of the same towards ventilation.
  • Test the microwave – at this time, the over the range microwave is settled on your countertop and its ready to prepare the hot meals. Examine whether the system is working properly? It is recommended to take the aid of the professional contractor or approach the manufacturer to sort out the troubleshooting problems if any.
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Jennifer Branett

Hey I’m Jennifer Branett. I was born in Chicago, IL and in 2011 I graduated from Triton College with a degree in Communication. I’m an aspiring Entrepreneur, successful writer and blogger. The topics that I cover ranges from: healthcare, home improvement, personal finance, art, fitness and many more. I hope I can continue this journey of self-fulfillment and self-discovery and keep providing value to people’s lives.

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