hood height

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by planeman, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. planeman

    planeman New Member

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    Is there an ideal height to mount a microwave hood over a stove
  2. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    Yes, and it'll be specified in the installation manual.
  3. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    make sure that you can get your pots under it :D
  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    An "ideal" height would probalby be a few inches lower than the MINIMUM ALLOWED by code and the manufacturer. Check the manual for your microwave. It probably says something like 14" above the stove top.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2008
  5. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    14 inches!???!!?
    Do you realize how low that is?


    IMO 18" or higher.

    If the question is can you mount a micro/hood where a standard hood was? IMO, NO. It puts the micro WAY too low.
    I have seen this and IMO it is quite unsafe.

    The upper cabinets for range hoods are 15"-18" tall. The uppers for micro/hoods are typically 12".
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    jimbo Plumber

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  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    micro oven

    The installation manual will give the MINIMUM distance above the range, and that MUST be followed even if the "convenient" height is less than that.
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