Can a freestanding microwave be built in?
Not all microwaves can be built-in as they are available in either freestanding or built-in models.
We recommend that you install built-in microwaves into a cabinet, but if you do wish to install a freestanding model as a built-in we have built-in trim kits that allow you to do so..
Does a built in microwave need ventilation?
Since a countertop microwave is designed to rest on a countertop, the vents are often placed on the sides or top to ensure the vents have proper air space to clean out dust and expel hot air during operation. These vents cannot be covered in the built-in hole, as it may cause the microwave to overheat or malfunction.
What is a trim kit for a microwave?
Microwave trim kits are designed to provide a built-in look while also providing air flow necessary to the microwave. A trim kit consists of the trim frame, as well as an upper, lower, and rear duct that attaches to and encases the microwave inside the cabinet cut-out.
How do you install a built in microwave trim kit?
Ensure the microwave oven is accurately centered. Drill pilot holes through the positioning flange and then install three 1⁄2″ screws at the front of the bottom duct as shown. Place the trim frame over the microwave oven. Make sure the trim frame is level and the microwave oven is centered within the trim frame.
Can you use a countertop microwave as a built in?
Countertop models can either sit on the counter or tuck into a shelf or opening in the cabinetry for a built-in look. Models with a mounting kit preserve work space by hanging on the wall, within cabinetry, or under the countertop. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when mounting your microwave.