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Installing a Whirlpool over the range microwave oven, just trying to figure out if I have to vent it outside or not. Instructions say venting outside is not necessary if you have a recirculation system. What exactly does that mean? The unit is set up by default to recirculate, so do I not need to vent it outside?

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I would say that you do not have to vent it outside. One of the most common complaints I get is that the microwave is not sucking up a lot of air. I have called Whirlpool and they have said that most of these newer microwaves don't really have a lot of air movement in them and they have smaller blower motors. Some of this was due to the fact that people didn't like the noise of a big fan that was necessary fo move air. I have noticed this on my own also. When boiling sweetcorn this summer, it would barely **** up the steam whether it was recirc or to the outside, I usually test them by putting a cleenex under the vent abd see if it holds it there. Bottom line is they really don't move a lot of air and it's not worth the cost and time of venting it out. Hope that helps

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