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Samsung Over Counter Microwave Does not vent

Hi - there is no air suction at all. The microwave is not installed to be vented to the outside.

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  • janet_macdo Dec 07, 2008

    Hi - The fan does not have any air suction - never did. I think it was not installed properly. The model is Samsung SMH8178STG 100 watt over-counter version.

  • janet_macdo Dec 07, 2008

    Correction - it is 1000 watts (not 100!)

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    William Miller May 11, 2010

    So are you saying that your hood vent exhaust fan is not running?

    Or is it possible that your filters are clogged?

    Please reply back with your model number so we can help you.

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You can download Samsung over the range microwave installation instructions here.

The installation instructions will tell you how to set it up.

Even if you're exact model is not listed, there should be one close enough to yours to work.

Once you look that over, if you still have trouble, please reply back.

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Your fan may be burnt out or shorted

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