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Joe Priestly

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

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OTR Microwave venting has me steamed

09 January 2013 - 04:01 PM

Frigidaire Over-the-Range Microwave

Model#: FGMV154CLF


I just need a sanity check before I rip out this newly installed microwave and take it back to Lowes.


This is one of the range hood/microwave combos. It vents cooking smoke, etc from the stove top out through ductwork attached to the back of the MW. This works well enough.


However, there is also a vent on the top-front of the MW that seems unrelated to and unattached from the vent for the range.  This second vent has a plastic grill and runs the length of the MW (see attached image).


When microwaving something for a while (> 5 minutes), steam will start to pour out of this vent. Since the MW is installed under cabinets (as designed) this steam is being sprayed right onto the cabinets to which the MW is attached, warping the wood and blasting away the stain.


Is this normal (I ask because so many MWs on the market have this same vent placement)? Is there some way to make it stop??? I believe it is installed correctly as everything else (inlcuding stove top venting) works fine. But I'm more than willing to take the thing down and double check the venting setup if that could be creating this problem.


My previous MW had front-facing vents, but I don't recall anything coming out of them.


Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer any insight,


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