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Over-the-Range Microwave Oven Outlet Dear Mr. Electrician: How do I install an electrical outlet for a microwave oven over the stove? I would like to remove the hood over my stove and install an over-the-stove microwave oven in its place. Answer: If you already have a hood with fan and light mounted on the underside of the cabinet, you can possibly use that circuit to power your new microwave oven. You should determine first what circuit is powering the hood. Turn the hood fan and light on and then flip off each circuit breaker to see which one powers the hood. With the hood circuit breaker off, take note of what else is off in the kitchen and the rest of the home. NOTE: Text links below go to applicable products on Amazon.com If you see that the lights in the kitchen or lights and outlets in other rooms are off, then you should not use that circuit to power the microwave. If only some of the electrical receptacle outlets on the kitchen counter top are off and it is a 20 amp circuit, then you can probably use that circuit for the needed outlet in the cabinet above the stove. Be advised that not every home is wired the same and what works in one home does not make it okay in another. There are several makes and models of microwave oven that mount under the cabinet that is located above a stove. The instructions for mounting the microwave are fairly common and explained in the manual that comes with the purchase of a new microwave oven. You should read the installation instructions before purchasing an over-the-range microwave oven, but basically you mount the wall bracket and drill some holes in the cabinet above. Below are two examples of microwave oven installations that I did a few years ago. There is a chart of adjustable electrical boxes at the bottom of this post. The difficult part is getting power to the microwave oven. This is accomplished by installing an electrical receptacle inside of the cabinet above the stove, which should be done before mounting the microwave oven on the cabinet. Over The Range Microwave Ovens From Amazon Make sure that the circuit breaker for the hood is off. Remove the small cover underneath the hood that contains the electrical connections. Using a non-contact voltage tester, check to make sure that the power is off. Disconnect the wires sticking out of the wall from the wires on the hood. Do not cut the wires. Tape the bare ends of the wires coming out of the wall with electrical tape. Take note of the type of connector used to clamp the cable coming into the back of the hood. If it has a locknut, remove it by unscrewing it counterclockwise. If the cable connector is blue plastic, you can cut it using diagonal pliers. Be careful not to cut the cable or wires in the cable. Once the cable in the wall is free from the hood, you can...