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some microwaves vent to the exterior. check outside for a vent. If it is a recirculating model, perhaps the filters are plugged, the vent pathway is blocked (packaging material) or a loose panel at the back so that the exhaust fan air is leaking out somewhere else. I don't know what else it could be unless the fan is loose on the motor shaft and the fan motor is running but the fan blades are not moving air.
When you say "outside vent" do you mean horizontally through an outside wall? If that is what you are trying to do having the 2x4 in the way does not make much of a deterrent. But if it makes you feel better, moving over a bit and not have the 2x4 in the way, that certainly would be better.
yes, you can recirculate it out the front which i suppose u do currrently... you may also vent it out the top, or the rear. to do this u must drop the unit down,and rotate the fan motor to point the appropriate direction, and also install or have a exterior venting piping existing currently..
you will need to tzke the unit down
look on the back upper middle
you will see your vent fan
open the cover
pull the fan up
and rotate it 90 degrees, but you will need to install a vent for it
you can also turn it 180 degrees if you on an outside wall and the ven is directly behind the machine
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.
The fans on an over the stove microwave can be rotated up to 180 degrees depending on how the installer intends to vent the hood. Your fan is pointed forward and venting into the kitchen through a charcoal filter. If you want to vent through the ducting and out of the kitchen, you'll have to drop the microwave down off of the mounting bracket and rotate the fans in the back, pointing the dicsharge upward for a vertical vent, or 180 degrees, if it discharges out the back (wall vent). In both cases, an adapter is necessary, and can be obtained at any hardware store.
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