Thanks for responding. It is a EWave KOT-152UW. I think EWave is part
of Magic Chef. I think it is the door switch. When I opened the
microwave, the circuit breaker tripped. I reset the circuit breaker,
and it worked for several days, but the last time, the microwave went
dead. The reason I want to use the same bracket is it has through the
wall (horizontal) venting to the outside, and I am not keen on trying
to cut more holes.
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Over the range microwaves are generally the same as far as the rear dimensions but you will still need to install new mounting brackets and drill new holes in the cabinet. Each brand is slightly differnt in its mounting.
I don't mean to be coy, but if you bought it from a local company (Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot), take it back (within the 30 day window) for a refund. I bought three microwaves (all poor quality) and returned them all!
I may be returning this Samsung if your review turns out to be true for my microwave.
Brackets can remain the same throughout a particular brand for several years but will also change every year at times. Same year and same brand, I would say yes. Different year of manufacture or different brand name I would say, no it will not fit the existing brackets. If you have a particular brand in mind and have the model number of the existing OTR, it is usually possible to search out installation instructions for both at the manufacturer's website. You could then compare to see if they will match up. The two screws through the upper cabinet floor into thr top of the OTR can vary, within a particular brand even in the same year of manufacturer.
What brand Microwave are you removing and what brand are you installing? If the are not the same brand they will mount differently. On an older GE you remove the two screws holding the unit in place. They are located on top of the unit on the front. Look in the cabinet above the microwave. After you disconnect the vent pipe the unit slides forward and out. On some other brands the unit will pivot down and then you lift it off a mounting bracket. To make the job as easy as possible and to make sure the vent pipe does not have to be moved, remove the old unit before buying a replacement. Look at how it mounts. Then buy the same brand and it should mount the exact same way, so you could use the old mount. But even then the manufacture may have changed the way it is mounted. I just replaced a GE with a Whirlpool and they mount completely differently. I even had to move the vent pipe 2" to the right. So stick with the same brand and hope they have not change the mount.
i had the same trouble, yes i used a solid bolt to hold the microwave bracket in the stud then used the biggest toggle bolts that will fit, also the cabinet will not have to be changed. it works fine, if you had a vent a hood dont forget to hook up the exhaust vent. i figure your old exhaust vent is in the cabinet like mine was
you should be able to do this yourself. Do you have an outlet to plug this into, or will you need to hard wire it into your apartment/house wiring/. If the former, then you should be okay. You will need a bracket/plate to mount the microwave to.