I have a customer who has provided me a model number on a microwave that is supposed to go in an island base cabinet. The model is a convection microwave and the install specs state to not install in a base cabinet for "safety reasons". Is this simply due to a tipping hazard, or are there other reasons? The instructions are pretty vague on the reason, but all the install instructions are strictly for an over-the-range application. We run into this from time to time on microwaves and have installed them anyway, but never on a convection microwave. I always advise the customer to purchase a built-in microwave, with a trim kit, but they often seem to ignore this. Best-case scenario, they never look right. Are there variables with this type of installation other than a tipping hazard? How do you handle situations like this with built-in microwave openings? I can size the opening to fit the oven, but I have never been completely comfortable doing so. Are over-the-range microwaves strictly for that application? Does the "convection" feature play into it? Thanks for your advice and input.
Heck yea,, there are ventilation issues of heat that should they cause a fire and the item have been installed against a known specification not to,,, then the insurance company can tie up any liability to pay forever and be with their rights to do.. If a client absolutely demands this get it sighed off with notations, otherwise if someone gets hurt you may be "back in the picture"
I don't know, but after installing many ovens with a convection feature, do you do anything differently? I don't see it as a big deal.
My appliance guy told me the self cleaning option on many ranges produces so much heat, he advises customers clean the old fashioned way: Easy Off, Simple Green, sponges and a lot of elbow grease.
Do the mfg specs require a different install for convection capable units?
I've never heard of it. Think you will be fine.
What James said, but I would suggest you just say 'it' (specs) say no, and so do you.
If you are of a mind to do it anyhow, I would have a completely categorical release of any liability connected with this. I would further suggest you have an attorney give you some good verbage if not the whole document. It won't go well for you if you don't have this!
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