October 5, 2013 6:31 PM Subscribe
We need to replace the over-the-range microwave that came with our house. Do the vents actually work well?
posted by klausman to home & garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I ask because after two years of use, our Whirlpool microwave
died. It never really vented much of anything, and after a recent major stove-top tomato canning event, it died by condensation. I removed the microwave today and found that the installers set up the fans and damper for opposite venting schemes. So, apparently it really wasn't venting anything.
My question is: Do these things actually work that well when they're set up correctly? Will an over-the-range microwave vent appropriately for people who occasionally do some serious cooking? Should I just get a hood for the stove top and go countertop with the microwave?
Limitation: Not much counter space as is, but I'm willing to go that way if necessary.