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Safety hazard if microwaves dont vent straight up?

Does it matter if the over the range microwave does not vent straight up? The outside vent (they used a straightened elbow joint) pipe was installed at a lower level than the microwave and off to the side due to a wall stud being directly in the middle where the top vent of the microwave is. So to connect the microwave top vent (cant use the back vent option) to the 3.5" x 10" house-vent, I have to use an elbow joint (airflow goes sideways and up) angled up to the drywall, which then due to the way the vent pipe is installed to the exterior, the airflow goes down, and off to the side a bit.. Is this an safety hazard fire issue or is this ok? Does grease buildup an issue if there is not a straight air flow or how does this work?? Will someone in the know help me with this, single woman who needs to be able to sleep at night!! Thks!!

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As long as the air flow is good, gravity shouldn't make any real difference.

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SOURCE: cold air from outside coming in house through vent

Sounds like your damper (flap) outside is working, and that's probably the first thing to check. Wind may be also pulling the damper open from time to time. Hopefully the pipe fitting is sealed, and the pipe is insulated anywhere it runs through any unheated portion of the house. Some amount of cold air getting in will be unavoidable. The best bet next might be to look over the two pages in the installation instructions that deal with outside venting. If you don't have the installation instructions, you can get a copy here: http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_support/literature/ Then if you don't notice any obvious problems with the installation, it may be time to contact the installer for their two cents.

Posted on Feb 05, 2007

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The same thing just happened to us..... there is no fuse on the microwave but we check our fuse box and tried another plug and it still did not work. GE sent us a new smartboard and now I trying to figure out how to get the thing apart.

Posted on Apr 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Outside venting GE Profile Spacemaker XL1800

Your vent flap could be taped or it could be faulty installation not allowing the vent to open. If you take the front vent cover off, you should be able to reach in above the fan unit and gently push the vent flap up, it should move freely with no binding. If it doesn't it is taped or blocked. If it is taped, gently putting upward pressure on the flap might release the tape. If that doesn't work the vent installation is blocking the flap. You might have to remove the unit from the wall (two people to do this) or disassemble the vent duct above the microwave and rework the interface for clearance.

hope this helps,

Posted on Oct 07, 2008

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There was a suit in Texas about this, but i don;t know if it led to a recall.

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Posted on Nov 27, 2008

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SOURCE: need minimum height of venting before going exterior when install

You can download the installation instructions here.

They will tell you all the requirements.

You can also download your owner's manual here.

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Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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