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Replacing jennair cooktop with slide in range

I currently have a downdraft jennair cooktop in an island and would like to replace it with a slide in range to gain some countertop and cabinet space. Besides having to rewire (currently 40 amp/ need 50 amp for range), will I also have to move the position of the range in the island? The current cooktop sits slightly back of center from the venting hole in the floor. Looking at the installation instructions for the downdraft range, the hole should be placed in the back right corner under the placement of the range. The difficulty is that the house is built on a slab. The other problem is that there isn't enough room in the kitchen to position the range anywhere else without leaving too little space between the island and the opposite cabinets. Is anyone out there familiar with installing this range?

I've spoken with a couple of contractors who've come out and looked at my cooktop and the venting and looked at the install manual for the jennair range and they don't seem to know whether I'll be needing to break the slab to install the range (not being familiar with putting in downdraft ranges I guess). I want to do some updating in the kitchen with new cabinets and countertops but I want to know whether it's possible to change the cooktop to a downdraft range first and how involved it's going to be. Thanks for any help you can give me on this.

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How do you get the inside area of the vent clean from the grease and oils where the filter is?? I have a rectangular box style downdraft that the vent goes into the floor, I pulled the filter, but the box is to slender to get an arm into to scrub the grease....... does the bottom come off, or is it a sealed unit? How do you get all the brease from the bottom if you cannot reach it?

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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the safest way for a home owner to do this is turn the main breaker off to the house that is the safest way. Then poll the cover plate off the box in th wall with the two screws. not the screws on the round conduit. Then pull out the wire nuts that hold the wires together and un screw them to separate wires I would label them so you know what ones went together. After top is in just reverse the proses above.

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SOURCE: Installing cooktop into granite countertop

Put a bead of clear sylicone caulking around the cutout , then set the cooktop in place .

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