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My microwave exhaust fan is not working right im getting good air out the went but no suction at the bottom , please help

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most microwaves do not blow air out the bottom.They pull air from the bottom and blow it out the top.

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The Intake is gentle. It is not designed to have a great pull of air from the Cook Top.

TEST: Turn Exhaust Fan ON
Hold a sheet of your printer paper up to the INTAKE GRILLE (bottom). Will the sheet of paper stay? Held up only by the suction? If it does, Air Intake is OK.

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

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