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Installing an over-the-stove microwave oven.  Click for Home Page

Microwave Oven Over a Stove

Dear Mr. Electrician: How difficult is it to remove a kitchen hood with fan and light from over a stove and replace it with a microwave oven?

Answer: Removing an old residential kitchen hood fan with light is usually not very difficult.  Shut off the power to the hood at the circuit breaker.  Remove the electrical junction box cover on the underside of the hood and disconnect the wires.  Do not cut the wires Tape up the exposed copper ends of the wire.  Loosen the locknut on the metal connector holding the wire in place or break up the plastic connector, whichever happens to be there. 
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You can see the old hood behind the top of the ladder.  In addition to the new microwave oven, four new recessed lights were also installed in this kitchen.  See the recessed light installation details here.

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Before photo with old stove hood and old ceiling light.  Click for next photo
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Here is the wire that was originally feeding the hood fan and light over the stove.  It is important to not cut this wire when removing the old hood.  You will need a lot of slack to bring the wire up into the above cabinet to feed the new microwave oven.

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Exposed hood wire.  Click for next photo
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I love the Milwaukee 2426-20 M12 Cordless Multi-Tool  because of its small size and its light weight.  It is the perfect power tool for tight spots like this where precision is required.

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Hole cut out wire below. Click for next photo
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The plan is to pull the existing hood wire up into the back of the cabinet and attach an electrical box and receptacle to it so that the microwave oven can be plugged in.

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Cutting hole for receptacle box.  Click for next photo
 
This metal electrical box was mounted using one Madison Bar on the right side and a sheet metal screw on the left side.  A wall stud is against the left side of the box making it ideal to attach the box.  The metal box must be grounded by attaching the bare copper wire using a 10/32 screw.

You can see more photos of mounting an outlet box using Madison Bars here.

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Close shot Electrical receptacle box.  Click for next photo
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Note the template taped to the back wall.  There is also another template for the top mounting holes and the cord hole.  The mounting holes must be properly located.

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Microwave Template.  Click for next photo
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The wall bracket is mounted using a combination of large wood screws and toggle bolts.

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Completed Microwave Bracket on Wall.  Click for next photo
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That spot of light on the wall is coming through the hole that was drilled in the cabinet above using a hole saw so that the microwave oven electrical cord can pass through to the new electrical outlet above.  Holes were also drilled for two support screws that keep the microwave oven level.

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Microwave Oven Wall Bracket.  Click for next photo
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The completed ductless installation.  If air ducts were connected, the work would be a little more difficult and require the skills and tools of another trade. 

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Microwave oven installation completed. Click for next photo
 
Click to see the recessed lighting installation in this kitchen using Halo H7RT 6-Inch Recessed Light Remodel Housings.

White Coilex Trims  were used with BR40 Halogen Reflector Flood Frosted Light Bulbs.

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Microwave oven with new recessed lights.  Click for next photo
 

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Created December 31, 2014         Updated December 14, 2015

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