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Microvent is coming loose on the bottom of mounting.

Our GE Microvent was installed by a contractor approximately 3 years ago. It is loose on the bottom (pulls outward) when the door is opened and closed.. I hold it with my hand so it won't move. The top seems fairly secure but I'm afraid that the whole thing is going to come down. The contractor must have taken the installation book with him and we don't know how to approach the problem. I would appreciate any help that you could give us. It was purchased at Sears. Thanks.

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Generally, these units are held to a backing plate with a pair of screws that are accessed by removing the vent plate above the door. There are a couple of Philips screws. Inside...at each end, there is a slot head screw head on a rod. Support the unit and back these screws out. The unit will then pivot from the bottom away from the wall. Detach it and then repair the issues with the hold bracket. Warning: these units are heavy!

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