How do you Install a Microwave Vent?
Microwave vents are installed on the outside of your home or office. They allow hot air from the kitchen to escape out into the outdoor area. A microwave vent allows heat to circulate around your house so it doesn’t accumulate inside. You need to have a microwave vent because if not, then you risk overheating yourself and others in your household due to excessive heat build up.
There are several different types of microwave vent available. These include:
Radiator – A radiator is a device that uses fans to move warm air from one location to another. Radiators are used most commonly in kitchens where they keep food hot enough to cook while keeping the room cool enough for comfort during meals.
The advantage of a microwave vent is that it provides better airflow than a fan. However, a radiator will only work well if there is sufficient space between the refrigerator and the microwave. If you have a large countertop or other obstructions blocking the path of air flow, then a radiator won’t provide adequate cooling.
In addition to being able to control the temperature of your cooking area with ease, you’ll also enjoy less maintenance since it’s much easier to clean up after using a microwave vent rather than having to constantly check on your food temperatures.
How Do You Vent a Microwave on an Interior Wall?
You’ll need to measure the height and width of your microwave as well as the distance between the top, middle and bottom edges on the back of the appliance. Then, you’ll need to measure the height and width of the area where you want to install the vent, as well as the distance between the top, middle and bottom edges.
Once you have this information, take a ruler and draw a rectangle the same size as your measurements. Then, using a pencil, poke several holes in the corners of the rectangle. Next, cut out the rectangle with a pair of scissors or a utility knife. The rectangular hole should be big enough for your microwave to fit through.
Now, place the exterior vent on top of the hole. Then, center it as best you can so that the edges are flush against the walls of the hole. Using a pencil, mark where the mounting holes are on the wall. Return the vent to its original position and drill 1/4-inch holes through the marks you made. Then, using a screwdriver, attach the vent using screws that are long enough to securely fasten it in place.
How Do You Vent a Microwave on an Exterior Wall?
Measure the dimensions of your microwave. Then, measure the dimensions of the exterior wall where you want to install the vent. Next, transfer these measurements to a piece of cardboard. Cut out the cardboard so you have a rectangular frame that is the same size as your measurements. This is the frame that will support the exterior vent.
Once you have the frame, measure and cut a sheet of metal to fit inside it. The metal should be the same size as the frame, with a few inches of overlap on all sides. If you’re installing the microwave on a brick or concrete wall, use metal sheeting that is thin enough to be drilled into such as 18-gauge sheet steel. If you’re installing it onto a wood stud wall, use metal that is at least 23-gauge.
On the inside of the frame, use a stud finder to locate the wood studs in the wall. Then, using a drill and masonry bit, make pilot holes in the four corners where you’ll be attaching the frame to the wall.
With the pilot holes made, use a screwdriver to secure the corners of the frame into place using drywall screws. Then, fill in the rest of the holes using a hammer and concrete nails. The nails should go flush with the surface of the frame.
Slide the metal sheet into the frame. Then, use a stud finder to locate the wood studs in the wall at the bottom and sides of the sheet. Mark these locations on the sheet and then drill 1/4-inch holes through it where you made your marks. Use a screwdriver to secure the metal sheet in place by using screws long enough to reach through the mounting frame and into the wall.
How Do You Vent a Microwave on an Inside Corner of a Wall?
Measure the dimensions of the inside corner where you want to vent your microwave as well as the dimensions of your microwave. Then, transfer these measurements to two pieces of cardboard. Cut out the cardboard so you have two rectangles that are the same size as your measurements. These are the pieces that will make up the frame of the interior vent.
Measure the space between the measurement of the inside corner and the measurements of your microwave. Subtract this amount by half of it. This is how wide you need to make the front opening of the frame that will house the vent. Mark and then measure and cut a piece of cardboard to fit this width. This is the front face that will slide into the interior corner.
Once you have all your pieces cut out, place the front face into the interior corner. Use a pencil to trace the opening of the front face onto the back face. This is the opening where you will slide the microwave far enough into the corner for the vent to fit around it. Then, use a utility knife to cut along the lines you traced in step 3.
Next, place the two frames together and slide them into the interior corner. Make sure the opening where your microwave will go is lined up with the opening in the front face of the frame. Once you are satisfied with its placement, secure it in place by driving a few screws through the back face into the wall studs or through the cardboard and into drywall anchors.
Slide your microwave into place. The front of it should slide between the opening in the front face and the wall. The back should rest against the back face of the frames. If you want, secure the microwave in place by driving screws through the bottom of the frame and into the top of the microwave.
What Are the Advantages of Installing an Interior Over-the-Counter Microwave?
Installing an interior over-the-counter microwave has many advantages. If you already have an older microwave that is installed above your stove, using an interior venting system can give your kitchen a more updated appearance.
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