How to Install a GE Over-the-Range Microwave

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A GE over-the-range microwave oven creates a built-in appearance that allows you to access the oven more easily, as well as saving counter space in your kitchen and serving as an exhaust vent. The GE microwave has a recirculating exhaust or the option of venting through top or back vents. Using the provided templates and mounting plate, you can install your new microwave oven in less than an hour.

How to Install a GE Over-the-Range Microwave
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Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Toggle bolts
  • 2 self-aligning screws
  • Level
Step 1

Locate the wall studs with the stud finder and draw a line down the center of each stud.

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Step 2

Place the mounting plate against the wall and center under the cabinet.

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Step 3

Mark two holes on each side of the plate for mounting. Ensure that at least one hole lines up with a wall stud. Mark the holes with a pencil and set the plate aside. You must use at least four holes for mounting.

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Step 4

Drill holes on the marks. Drill 3/16-inch holes into the studs for wood screws and drill 5/8-inch holes for toggle bolts where the holes do not line up with a stud.

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Step 5

Attach the mounting plate to the wall with the toggle bolts and wood screws.

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Step 6

Tape the “Top Cabinet Template” underneath the top cabinet and drill holes for the top support screws and the power cord.

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Step 7

Lift the oven and tilt it forward to hook the slots on the back bottom edge of the oven onto the lower tabs on the mounting plate.

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Step 8

Push the power cord through the hole in the bottom of the cabinet.

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Step 9

Lift the front of the oven up level with the bottom of the cabinet and insert the two self-aligning screws through the top cabinet holes and into the top of the oven.

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Step 10

Tighten the two top screws completely and plug the power cord into the receptacle.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If installing the oven to vent to the outside, follow the additional instructions included for exhaust duct preparation and installation.
  • The mounting surface must support the cabinet load, plus the added weight of the oven.

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