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The GE Profile Microwave's Trim Kit Instructions

David Hoskins

Microwaves can take up a lot of counter space. To free up the area, install your microwave inside a cabinet or under a counter. Use a trim kit for that built-in look and add to the decor of your kitchen. Aside from aesthetics, trim kits also allow your microwave to properly vent exhaust and keep cool while operating in a confined space. The GE Profile Microwave has a custom trim kit for proper installation in a confined space.

Installed properly, the trim kit cover is flush with the cabinet.
  1. Cut out a hole in your cabinet 16 3/4 inches tall and 26 1/4 inches wide with a minimum depth of 18 inches with a standard outlet in the back. The base of the cutout must be capable of supporting a minimum of 100 pounds and be at least 36 inches above the floor.

  2. Place the two base support brackets into the back cabinet. Center the base pan in the cabinet until the front flange is flush with the front of the cabinet. Use a pencil to mark the location of the v-notch on the front of the base pan of the cabinet as a reference.

  3. Slide the two base support brackets into place, centered in the slots as far as they will go. Mark the location of the screw holes in both brackets. Remove the base pan and brackets. Use the drill to create a 3/32-inch diameter hole for each bracket screw. Replace the brackets and use four "D" screws to secure the brackets into place.

  4. Unplug the microwave and remove everything from inside. Use a knife and carefully remove the two plug buttons from the top of the microwave. Secure the microwave to the base pan with two "D" screws, one centered in each side.

  5. Install the side brackets into the base pan under the microwave vents. Use a screwdriver or power drill to install a "B" screw into the microwave through the brackets, between the vents. A dimple may be available between the vents to use as a guide. Secure each bracket tight against the microwave. Do not use a drill bit to create the screw hole.

  6. Install the back cover into the base pan through the open slot. Align the screw holes at the top of the back cover with the screw holes at the top of the microwave and secure with two "D" screws. Start each screw before tightening either of the screws.

  7. Install the top bracket by aligning the screw holes in the bracket with the plug button holes on top of the microwave. Use two "A" screws to secure the top bracket to the microwave.

  8. Plug the microwave into the power outlet at the back of the cabinet. Slide the microwave into place, keeping it centered until flush against the base support brackets. The mark on the cabinet should line up with the v-notch in the base pan. Use a level to check the front and sides of the microwave. If necessary, use wood shims under the base pan to level the microwave.

  9. Align the bottom bracket with the screw holes in the base pan and secure using two "D" screws.

  10. Secure the top and bottom brackets to the cabinet using four "E" screws. Be certain both the top and bottom brackets are tight against the cabinet before securing.

  11. Position the trim kit frame around the oven. Open the oven door and secure the frame to the microwave using four "C" screws through the two top and bottom holes. Start all screws before tightening any one screw and do not over tighten. Replace everything removed from the microwave and begin using.