My over the range microwave doesn't suck
I have installed an over the range microwave oven and it doesn't pull anywhere near as much steam as my previous low powered range hood that didn't have a microwave. The microwave is supposed to be moving 400 CFM at top speed.
It does a very poor job of pulling the steam off of boiling pots, especially from pots that are on the two front burners. It works so poorly that I am concerned that I will damage the finish of my new cabinets nearby.
The microwave exhaust is routed to come out the top and go into ducting that goes about 6 ft to exit out the side of the house. The kitchen is on the second floor of the townhouse so the outside vent is too high for me to get my hand next to without a tall ladder but I can see that a lot of air is coming out that vent because the vines nearby are fluttering vigorously. That is to say that the fan is working.
But I feel very little suction going into the two grease filter openings under the microwave. And I see very little air movement, certainly nothing significant enough to remove the steam. And this is at the fastest setting which is incredibly loud. I have waved incense around looking for some explanation for why so much air seems to be exiting the vent as compared to air entering the bottom surface of the microwave. To no avail.
So my question is: Do these over the counter microwave ovens work as range hoods? by the way I have a Samsung
SMH9187ST. I would try something else if I heard the venting design worked better.