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Mount the microwave over your range

Microwave over a range in a kitchen

Whether you want to save counter space or just want a new look for your kitchen, you can't go wrong with a microwave over your range. Once you have one installed, you may not never want a countertop microwave again. Now, you just need a mounting area and some tools to get started.

Warning: We highly recommend having the microwave or ventilation system installed by a qualified technician or service company. Please see your microwave's user manual for more information and warnings.

What you will need

Tools:

  • Screwdriver

  • Tape measure

  • Stud finder

  • Drywall saw*

  • Wire cutters*

  • Needle-nose pliers*

  • Strippers*

Materials:

  • Over-the-range microwave

  • Cable

  • Outlet boxes

  • Receptacle*

  • Receptacle cover*

  • Vent*

* Items with an asterisk are optional.

Set up the mounting area

The most common place to put an over-the-range microwave is, well, over a range. (Or a cooktop.) Some homes may have a different cutout intended for a microwave. But even if your home has a space set aside for it, the area for the microwave still needs to meet certain criteria.

First, use a stud finder or hammer to confirm your desired location has wall studs. The microwave must be attached to at least one wall stud, so it has adequate support.

You should also make sure there is enough space for the microwave to fit. Additionally, use a level to double check if the cabinet above or on the sides of the microwave are level. If they aren't, the microwave may be lopsided when it's mounted.

An empty mounting area for microwave over range

Note: Do not install the microwave above a sink, or in a location that is humid, oily, dusty, or exposed to direct sunlight or water.

Does the mounting location need a vent?

The short answer is no. Our over the range microwaves do not require a vent because they have a built-in circulation system that recirculates hot air from your range back into the kitchen. This is the default option for all microwaves, and there's no need to set up anything, making it convenient and cost-effective.

If you'd like, you can install a vent to redirect the hot air outside of your home. There are two options for outside circulation: a top exhaust or a back exhaust. The type you should use depends on your kitchen and home's setup. If you want a ducting system, you'll need to set up it during the microwave's installation. You can find instructions in your microwave's installation guide. However, we highly recommend that ventilation systems be installed by a qualified technician or service company.

Mount the microwave

Once you’ve confirmed that your microwave and the spot you want it to go are a perfect match, you can begin the mounting process. But please remember to be extra careful and have a partner that can help you.

If you get stuck at any time, please see your microwave's installation manual for more information, details, and warnings.

A mounted microwave attached to a white cabinet
  1. First, remove the mounting plate from the back of the microwave or from the packaging material.

  2. Place the mounting plate against the wall where you intend to mount the microwave. Make sure the mounting plate is even and level. Also, make sure the top of the mounting plate is in contact with the bottom of the overhead cabinet.

  3. Use a pencil to mark each mounting hole on the wall. Remember, the microwave must be attached to at least one wall stud. Next, remove the mounting bracket, and, using the markings as a guide, drill pilot holes in the areas you marked.

  4. Line up the mounting plate with the markings. Then, secure the plate to the wall with the provided screws or toggle bolts. If needed, have a friend hold it in place to make things easier.

  5. From there, tape the cabinet template to the bottom of the overhead cabinet. Drill holes according to the template, including one for the power cord.

    Note: If there are no outlets that the microwave’s cord can reach, do NOT use an extension cord. A new outlet will need to be installed near or inside the cabinet by a qualified professional. 

  6. Next, snake the microwave’s cord through the hole you drilled in the cabinet. With a friend’s help, lift the microwave and place it on the lip of the mounting plate. Then, slide the microwave back until it’s against the wall.

  7. Use the top cabinet template and the provided screws to secure the microwave to the overhead cabinet. Tighten the screws until the top of the microwave is flush against the bottom of the cabinet.

  8. Finally, install the carbon filters in the microwave (if needed), and then plug it in. You’re good to go. Test out the microwave by making some tasty popcorn.

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