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Partial venting Our new over the counter GE microwave passes the tissue test, but still some steam by-passes the vent and is ruining the finish on the above cabinet doors. Was told that this is "normal", but surely it can'ty be.

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Are you running the vent fan whenever you cook on the stove top? You should.

And you should run it on high if you're having steam problems.

Otherwise, you'll need to do something like use a small counter top fan to help circulate the air better.

Please let us know if we can help further.

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Posted on May 30, 2008

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