Finding the Best Location for the Microwave in a New Kitchen

If you’re getting ready to move, remodelling your kitchen or have purchased a new microwave in a different size than your old one, you’ll need to decide the best place to store your new microwave. By planning the right location first, you can prevent many simple mistakes, and even accidents.

Here are our top four things to consider.

Height

Often when you remove items from the microwave, both the food and the item in which the food was microwaved in will be very hot. You want to make sure that you can easily remove the items without spilling them or accidentally burning yourself because you are struggling. Usually, you want your microwave to be positioned no higher than the space between your chest and face.

Vents

Microwaves are equipped with vents on the sides or back. These allow the heat to be released from the interior of the microwave and are necessary for safe operation. Find a place where your microwave vents won’t be blocked. For example, don’t place it flush against the wall or another appliance and cover the vents, as this may cause the appliance to overheat and break down.

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Counter space

If you don’t have enough counter space for your microwave, one that is mounted beneath the cabinets may be an ideal solution. You can also opt for a microwave cart that you keep in an out-of-the-way place in the kitchen or next to the counters.

Outlets

It’s never a good idea to overload your outlets. While it’s typically safe to plug the microwave into the same outlet as a coffee maker, a can opener, a toaster oven or another small electrical appliance, avoid plugging it into the same receptacle as your refrigerator to avoid overloading your electrical outlets.

Once you have your microwave in the perfect place, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for optimal use. If you need assistance with repairs or routine maintenance, give Matic Service a call on (02) 9709 6188.