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Joe Priestly

Member Since 09 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Jan 09 2013 09:02 PM

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In Topic: OTR Microwave venting has me steamed

09 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

Yes, tried running fan. It did help a bit in drawing vapor away from cabinets. But don't think this is viable, permanent solution.


This micro just isn't compatible with my cabinet setup I guess. I'll just take it back and look for one with a vent in front rather than on top. I was hoping to avoid all that hassle, though.


But again, I'm still just floored that I am the only person who has encountered this issue. My cabinetry is pretty standard issue.


And I'm certain I'm not describing the situation well enough. The microwave - although installed per spec and working well otherwise - is blasting my cabinets with steam, removing the stain and warping the wood. Yet when I mention this fact to Lowes, Frigidaire, etc, everyone seems nonplussed - "Yep, that's what they do..."


I just don't get it.

In Topic: OTR Microwave venting has me steamed

09 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

Thanks for the responses.


To clarify, I do understand that:

1. The steam has to go somewhere

2. The exhaust vent is for stove-top generated smoke only


I guess I really just wanted to confirm that Frigidaire does indeed manufacture and sell microwaves designed to be installed under a cabinet with a vent that directs steam directly up and on to the cabinets.


I thought I must be misunderstanding something fundamental. Or that I installed it incorrectly, Or that there is some other issue that would cause so much vapor to be vented in the first place. Does this not affect anyone else in the world?


I just tested again (cooking rice for 15 minutes) and noticed that steam/vapor is only coming from the left side of the vent. The right side is cool and dry, despite the fact that the vent appears to be a contiguous opening. Also, there is more moisture around and on the door than I ever remember seeing in my old micro.


Something weird has to be happening here.


Thanks again.

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