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Which microwaves can be used with a wall mount?

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Most microwaves can be used with a generic wall mount if they conform to the recommended weight and size dimensions. Some microwave manufacturers, such as GE and Whirlpool, make mounting kits that fit specific models.

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Generic microwave wall mounts may be as simple as two brackets, while others may include a shelf. Since a microwave is a relatively heavy appliance, any mounting bracket should be secured to the wall studs with wood screws. To find a mounting kit, check the manufacturer's website for a coordinating accessory, or measure the microwave unit to find a suitable generic alternative.

Before installing a wall bracket, select a location near an electrical outlet. Find and mark the location of the studs. Position the bracket on the wall, make sure it is level, and mark the holes. Pre-drill the holes, and then secure the bracket

Standard microwaves can be mounted on a wall if they are not directly above a stove. If installing over a stove, select an over-the-range microwave unit that has a filter and vent for circulating the air from the stove. Over-the-range models come with a mounting kit so that the unit can be secured to the wall and the cabinet above it. Microwave options include horizontal exhaust, vertical vent and non-vented, which recirculates the air.

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