How to Install a KitchenAid Microwave
A built-in KitchenAid microwave fits in cabinets either above the counter or below it. This configuration allows you to install the microwave oven above or to the side of the cooktop. If you choose a lower cabinet installation, the microwave can be under the cooktop or on either side. Wherever you choose, there must be a grounded 3-prong outlet nearby. If one isn't present, hire an electrician to install one before you proceed with the microwave installation.
Measure the opening of the cabinet where you plan to install it. Compare the opening size to the dimensions of the microwave to ensure that the model you selected will fit. The cabinet must also have right angles for the lower corners, or the microwave won't work in that location.
Remove the cooking tray and any other loose packing items from inside the KitchenAid microwave. Set the items in a safe location.
Lift the microwave into the cabinet with the assistance of a partner. Center the oven in the opening. Open its door. Arrange the microwave so the holes along the front of the microwave are even with the cabinet's frame. Mark the location of the holes. Remove the oven from the cabinet and set it on a stable countertop or table.
Drill pilot holes into the cabinet frame from the marks you made using a 5/64-inch drill bit.
Plug the microwave into its receptacle. Slide the microwave back into position. Align the holes you just drilled and fasten the microwave to the cabinet with the 1-inch screws that came in the installation kit.
- If the cabinet opening is 2 or 3 inches wider than the microwave oven, additional brackets are available to fill the space as well as anchor the microwave in position. These brackets install along the front of the microwave in a similar manner to the installation described above. After the brackets are in place, trim panels slide in place to cover the brackets as well as the opening.
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