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Installation of Kenmore Downdraft Model 59946

Does anyone know where the vent is located for this downdraft? Is it in the middle or the side? I haven't had mine delivered yet...and we're trying to connect the ventilation pipe in the right place. It's kind of tricky since our cooktop will be above the garage door. Thanks!

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When (59940 and 59946) shipped from the factory, it is set up with the vent at the bottom, but it can be repositioned for either right-side or left-side venting.

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Looks like there are multiple venting options.....left, right or down

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