Does stove-top need downdraft if microwave has oven-hood combo?
We are replacing microwave (that has oven-hood built-in) with like unit; existing stove-top has downdraft (center). Does replacement stove-top unit have to have downdraft? Conversely, could we get cook-top with downdraft and NOT have oven hood on new microwave (which would still be over the cook-top)? Thanks in advance for considering!
Re: Does stove-top need downdraft if microwave has...
We have a stove with no downdraft, and a microwave with a hood above it. It works just fine. I expect you could keep your downdraft and put a microwave without a hood above it, and that would also work. I don't think, however, you can buy an above the range mocrowave oven, that slides in on brackets, which will not have a hood.
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All microwave ovens have safety switches on the doors to prevent the oven from running with the door open. Many have up to 4 of these standard microswitches. They do go bad, and can be replaced rather easily. Open your oven up, and match the existing switches with new from any electronics supplier. New switches are $2 to $3 each. A microwave technician will want to charge you on the order of $100 to come out to see what the problem is, go back to his office and order switches, and then come out to do the replacement.
My Whirlpool/Roper microwave/hood combo has the same problem. I replaced the bulb twice, checked the bulb and it works, but not in the microwave. I wrote to Whirlpool asking about the problem. Haven't heard from them yet.
So are you saying that the vent hole doesn't line up with the microwave vent hole? I had a similar problem, it didn't matter since most of the new over the stove microwaves can vent back into the house as an option.
Okay, first we need to separate the situations. You were boiling water on the stove and had the range hood fan running to **** up the steam. Then you put something in the microwave to heat and you heard a pop and then zip-o.
The water on the stove has nothing to do with the situation, the fan you turn on is not part of the microwave, so it has nothing to do with the microwave.
The pop you heard and then the humming suggests the magnetron failed. You said you found a blow fuse and replaced it and still nothing, right? The magnetron is the most likely culprit...I would think it is safe to say that the magnetron shorted and drew enough current to blow the fuse.
Replace the magnetron and if that doesn't work, let me know here. Good Luck!
That's only covered in a very subtle note in the hood fan section of your owner's manual:
NOTE:If the temperature gets too hot around the microwave oven, the fan in the vent hood will automatically turn on at the HIGH setting to cool the oven. It may stay on up to an hour. When this occurs, the fan can not be turned off.
for some reason you don't have your owner's manual, you can download it here.
Enter your model number as MV1610ST with no spaces.
"Microhood" seems to be a slang term for the "microwave hood" (hood fan or exhaust fan) which is normally part of an over-the-range microwave oven or range.
But these should be available separately, as I seem to recall.
I would contact home centers such as Lowe's, Home Depot (if they still exist), etc., or a local appliance store.