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Have a 12-year old GE Spacemaker with integrated vent. It just doesn't pull. Vents to outside, out the back. Screens are clean. Anyone else find this vent inherently weak?

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  • Mark Mar 02, 2009

    No, just the aluminum grease filters. When I use the vent, the inside of the MW reeks of whatever we cooked.

  • Mark Mar 10, 2009

    I've had the unit apart, and there is a back exit vent. There is a vent to the outdoors in the wall. It's as if the connection isn't made properly, or the fan is way underpowered. I didn't see any charcoal filters when I cleaned and checked out the unit.

  • Mark Mar 10, 2009

    I have the user and installation manual. I checked both when I removed and cleaned the unit. It's never really been an effective vent. It's a fine MW. Perhaps it's just not wise to expect a MW with the vent fan to work as well as a dedicated exhaust fan?

  • sakeena20 May 11, 2010

    i have a similar prob and cant find the charcoal filters in it can u tell me where they are

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    Is there a charcoal filter installed along with the regular grease filter?

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These vents are not vents per se, they are nothing but charcoal coated foam filters, they are not intended to take the place of a vent.

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