Remodeling your kitchen often involves removing and installing a microwave above the range. The project is not difficult, but you should have a helper when working on making the change, since microwaves can get quite heavy when trying to lift them into place. —San Francisco ChronicleIf you have an over the range microwave that no longer works, or are remodeling and replacing it with a new unit, you’ll have to take the appliance down. Fortunately, this is not difficult to do, but, it will require a few tools, a bit of finesse, and, an extra set of helping hands.
- Turn off the circuit breaker powering the microwave. Go to the main electric panel and switch the circuit breaker powering the microwave oven to the “Off” position.
- Unplug the appliance. With the circuit breaker switched off, go back into the kitchen and open the cabinet doors above the appliance, then unplug the power cord from the wall socket.
- Unfasten the mounts. Depending on the brand and model of the appliance, there will be a wall and a top mount securing the microwave in place. If applicable, remove the bottom, exposing the brackets on the underside. Some microwaves are held in place by retaining bolts fastened to the top of the kitchen appliance as well as underneath. If so, you’ll have to loosen the retaining bolts while someone holds the microwave in place.
- Pull the microwave off the mounting system. Once the bolts have been removed from the top and underneath, the appliance will likely stay in place but will be free to pull off the mounts on the underside. Carefully pull it off the mounts and rest it on the towel spread over the range cooktop.