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Running power to a built in microwave

Posted by kgsd (My Page) on
Sat, May 1, 10 at 17:47

We have a built-in microwave that has died. We're contemplating replacing it rather than having it repaired because it's about 30 years old. We'd like to replace it with a countertop model plus trim kit. However, when we took it out of the cabinet, we saw that the power outlet isn't a regular wall outlet. I can't be sure, but I think the outlet might feed off of the oven that is below the space. Here's a picture.

Does this type of outlet look familiar? Is there any way to convert this type of outlet to a regular wall outlet, or will we need to have a new outlet added?

(This is such a dilemma; we plan to remodel the kitchen in a few years and may move the location of the microwave, so we don't want to spend a lot of $$ wiring an outlet in this spot, but if we don't put the microwave here there will just be an open space in the cabinet.)


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RE: Running power to a built in microwave

From the pic, I'd say that the range and MW were a matched set, with the MW designed to plug into the range.
You'll need to use an outlet on another circuit for the new MW.

RE: Running power to a built in microwave

"You'll need to use an outlet on another circuit for the new MW."

And the kitchen counter circuit is off limits for a built in unit.

RE: Running power to a built in microwave

Thanks for the replies. It wasn't what I wanted to hear, haha, but it was what I was expecting.

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