Are all over the range microwaves built to the same size?
March 4, 2007 7:49 AM Subscribe
We need a new over-the-range microwave oven. Are all of them built to a standard size with standard ventilation ports?
posted by procrastination to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our old microwave from 1992 has a badly cracked floor on it, so if you put things inside, arcs start zapping around from the cracks. I found a replacement part online, but it is expensive and I don't see how to get the old floor out.
Instead, we are looking at buying a new microwave. We are considering the Kenmore Elite Microhood (Kenmore Item 80834). I would just order one and install it myself, except I am not sure that it will fit the existing ventilation pipe. It seems to be the same size as our old oven (a 1992 GE model JVM139K002) overall, but the rangehood part of the old oven has a rectangular vent port that exits off of the top back of the oven into a soffet and then outside. I can't find any detailed data sheets that show the vent layout for either oven.
Do these kinds of microwaves have a standardized layout? Will I be able to drop out the old oven and just put a new one in its place so that the ventilation pipe matches up? If it doesn't then I might have to pay for installation, and I would rather use the $180 for something else.