Installing a microwave over your kitchen range is the best option, especially if you have a small kitchen. It makes efficient use of the space and reduces clutter on your countertop as well.
This guide will help you estimate the cost of installing an over-the-range microwave in your kitchen. It’ll also help you do the job yourself or get a contractor to install it for you.
The entire over-the-range microwave installation process requires about half a day. And although you can complete the job on your own (with good DIY skills), having a second pair of hands would be very helpful.
Over-the-Range Microwave Installation Cost
The cost of installing a microwave ranges between $100 and $400. However, it’ll cost you about $100 to $300 to install an over-the-range microwave oven, i.e. for a standard replacement.
If replacing the range hood or adding new ducts, be ready to spend any amount between $200 and $600.
And remember, these prices do not include materials. Also, extra costs apply for cabinet modifications or electrical outlet installation.
If replacing a non-vented over-the-range microwave, it’ll cost you between $100 and $150.This is actually the easiest installation process.
To replace a vented microwave and connect to existing ductwork, you’ll pay the contractor $150 to $300. The process involves replacing an old and vented over-the-range microwave. Here, the contractor uses the existing roof or wall-venting duct system.
Where the installation process involves replacing the range hood with a microwave and connecting it to existing ductwork, you’ll pay $200 to $400.This process saves your kitchen space without sacrificing ventilation.
And if you intend to replace your over-the-range microwave and add new venting ducts on the ceiling or kitchen wall, you’ll have to pay between $300 and $600.And you might ask, why is this process this expensive?
Remember, there’s so much work involved here. For starters, there is no existing ductwork in the wall or ceiling near your unit.
Cost Factors to Install an Over the Range Microwave
Additional costs apply when installing a microwave, which includes:
- Labor costs
- Cost for a new microwave – if needed
- Electrical outlet and wiring costs – for a new microwave
- Cabinet modification cost
- Old microwave disposal
1. Labor Costs
The average labor cost of installing an over-the-range microwave is $50-$400.The contractor has to do prep work before starting the installation process.
And if there’s complex electrical work to be done, you’ll need to get a professional electrician.
2. Cost of a New Microwave
Over-the-range microwave ovens start at about $160 and can go up to more than $700. The average cost is about $250 to $300.
The cost of these microwaves is determined by features such as convection heating, inverter technology, wattage, size and quality.
Costs vary from brand to brand as well
3. Electrical Outlet and Wiring Costs
If installing a new electrical outlet, it’ll cost you between $150 and $350 on average. Electrical panel upgrade and rewiring will cost you $800 and $2,000.
And since you’ll need an electrician to do the wiring, you’ll have to pay them $40 to $100 per hour to complete the task.
4. Cost of Modifying or Installing Additional cabinets
Modifying an existing cabinet for an over-the-range microwave costs $300 to $500 on average. If installing a new cabinet, it’ll cost you between $350 and $1500.
Expect to pay the cabinet installer $40 to $ 80 per hour on average.
5. Old Microwave Disposal Costs
Most states prohibit throwing old microwaves into the trash. But if you’re lucky enough to get an appliance installer who replaces old microwaves for free, you won’t part with a dime.
If this isn’t the case, the other option available is disposing it via a contractor who might charge you $20 to $50.
Tools and Appliances Required for an Over-the-Range Microwave Oven Installation
To install a microwave above the range, you need the following;
- A stud finder
- Electric drill
- Tape measure
- Mounting hardware and screws
- Philips screwdriver
- Safety goggles
If installing a microwave with a rotisserie or convection oven, it’ll have to be vented. And to install a vent, you need a saw for creating a hole in the side or roof of the house, the vent, duct and an exterior vent cover.
And if you’ll be installing an outlet or wiring the oven to the electric box, you’ll need an outlet box, a roll of wire and a plug. You might also require an additional circuit in the electrical panel.
Ways to Save Money on Microwave Installation
- Looks for deals for microwave ovens online
- If mounting the microwave on the wall and a suitable outlet is in place already, installing the microwave on your own is the best option if you have moderate DIY skills.
- If having a new electrical line added, the best way to lower costs is by getting multiple estimates from contractors in your locality who know that they’re competing for work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How long does it take to install an over-the-range microwave oven?
It takes 1 to 3 hours on average for a professional to install an over-the-range microwave oven. Additional wiring, venting, and cabinet customization takes 1 to 6 hours to install.
Q. Can you place any microwave above the range?
Not all microwaves can go over the range. Only those with a built-in vent and an exhaust bottom can go above the range.
Q. Must I vent my over-the-range microwave oven?
Yes, all over-the-range microwaves require ventilation ducts or recirculating vents with air filters and built-in fans.
Q. How much clearance do I need for an over-the-range microwave?
Over-the-range microwaves require a minimum 66″ mounting height, i.e. from the floor to the top of the oven. The 66 inches will allow approximately 13 inches between the cooktop surface and the bottom/front of your microwave.
Installing an over-the-range microwave is such an easy task if you’re not starting from scratch. In fact, if you boast moderate DIY skills, you might spend less than $100 to set the model up.
However, a new installation process is more difficult, requires a professional, and will cost you a good amount.
No matter the amount you spend to install the microwave, it’s much worth it. The project frees up your counter space and streamlines the look of your modern kitchen.