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wandering bark

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Posted: 06/16/19 05:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi. My over the range micro/convection unit has died after 9 years and I want to put just a simple microwave to up in its place. Found one a bit smaller on line, but it is a countertop unit about 800 watts and smaller, which will fit I think...I want to order it from on line. Is there any reason I couldn't put the smaller unit in place of the one I just lost? The plug is up there too.
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Posted: 06/16/19 06:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go for it!

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Most over-the-range units also function as a vent to the outside.
You will lose that feature.....and will need to completely close off the outside vent opening.

ALSO.....you likely will have to make some minor modifications in order to mount the new one securely. Make it about twice as secure as you think it needs to be. Having it come loose due to vibrations or in a crash would be really unfortunate.

My opinion: While I realize that an exact replacement (or very close) is going to be 2 to 3X the cost, if you really can afford that extra $150 or so, I suggest that you do it. Likely it will be rated at 1000 watts too.


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The main difference I found is how its vented. Over the stove are mostly vented in the front while countertop units are on the sides. I put a countertop unit over the stove in my RV and its already out last the original. Just make sure the vents have enough space.

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Posted: 06/16/19 08:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With a microwave only it is not such a big deal. But a microwave/convection would need some method to vent the heat from behind the unit.

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Posted: 06/16/19 09:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just did this a few months ago. The old unit and the new unit were mw only, no convection.

I took off the facing and unplugged and pulled out the old mw. Put the new one in place and screwed a piece of 1" x 1/2" piece of wood just inside the front edge to act as an additional stop to keep the mw from flying out while in transit. When I put the metal trim facing back on the stop wasn't visible.


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Thank you all. I think a microwave will be the best choice now. I do have that metal trim facing around it...the new microwave would be about 30 lbs, so I think this mic/convec that's dead is about that. New one is 19" wide, 15" deep, and 11" tall...should fit. I like the idea of the wood strip as extra protection from popping out.
Again, thanks.
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I would certainly get a 1200 watt microwave. 800 watt takes a long time to do it's job.

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derh20 wrote:

I would certainly get a 1200 watt microwave. 800 watt takes a long time to do it's job.


Might not be able to get a 1200 that fits the "hole".
But 1000 or 1100 is plenty.

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The microwave in our unit is in a cabinet. Winnebago did an incredibly poor job of installing it; I'm still kind of amazed that it didn't fall out, and I recently completed a re-engineering of the installation. I concur: fasten it twice as well as you think you need to.

Donnis, I sent you a private message.

* This post was edited 06/17/19 02:36pm by BillHoughton *

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