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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Microwave?

Typical Range: $101 - $181

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  1. Cost Factors
  2. DIY Tips for Mounting a Microwave
  3. Types of Built-In Microwaves

Having a microwave installed over your range or into cabinets is quick, simple and comes with a lot of benefits. For one, you’ll save counter space that would otherwise be taken up by a standing unit. Also, you can help keep it out of reach of children when it’s mounted. You can customize its finish to your cabinets, so it blends right in. Having a microwave installed isn’t hard and you won’t regret the choice.

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$101 - $181
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$75 - $300

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Cost Factors

The average cost to have a microwave installed by a professional is between $50 and $100 per hour depending on whether you hire an electrician or a handyman. You also need to factor in the costs for:

  • The microwave itself
  • Whether you’ll need an electrical outlet or box
  • Adding a cabinet to hold the microwave
  • Fixing it to the wall
  • Any labor charges the pro might include

You should compare different models for the best price. You should also have a location in mind. If you install it somewhere with a lot of other items, you might need to have the pro rearrange everything or take certain components out. Plus if there isn’t an electrical line nearby, you will need to have that installed as well. This can add anywhere from $200 to $400 to the total project. In short, the more complex the installation becomes, the more you’ll pay in total.

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DIY Tips for Mounting a Microwave Over the Range

If you decide to install the microwave yourself, make sure you check for the proper space and electrical lines beforehand. You should not attempt to wire electricity to the appliance on your own, so please avoid that if at all possible. If you have the proper setup, next steps are to look at the manufacturer’s instructions for the microwave fan and the microwave itself. Then you can start the installation.

Here are some tips to ensure a smooth installation:

  • Frame the space: When you choose a spot for the microwave, cut through the drywall using a knife and get rid of the insulation. Then you can put in lumber (2x4) and fill the remaining space with insulation. If you plan to install over your oven, you might need to remove the range hood.
  • Attach the microwave: Use the mounting bracket that comes with the microwave into the new frame. There should also be a ledge for you to rest it on. Screw the bolts into the wall or cabinet so it doesn’t move.
  • Put in the fan: Slide the exhaust fan into the proper space, making sure it lines up with the oven’s exhaust fan. You might need sealant to prevent moisture buildup.

If you choose to DIY this process, you’ll spend anywhere from $200 to $500 for the appliance. For the additional tools you’ll need -- screwdriver, sealant, etc. -- you might pay up to $30 for the materials. Just make sure you take safety precautions and ask for help when it’s too much.

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Types of Built-in Microwaves

The two main types of built-in microwaves are over the range and cabinet built-in models. Over the range models open up counter space, can be vented to the outside and might require an electrician.  Built-in models are types that must be surrounded by cabinets or built into a wall. Some subtypes include:

  • Microwave drawers can go under the counter, which takes them out of sight and mind. It can also be below an oven as a drawer.
  • Certain countertop microwaves can have a kit attached to build them in.

The cost of an over the range unit will range between $50 and $300, with brands to choose from including:

  • GE
  • Kitchenaid
  • Samsung
  • Sharp
  • Whirpool

If you decide to go with a built-in microwave for not over the oven, you can pay anywhere from $200 to $2,000, with models from companies like:

  • Bosch
  • Frigidaire
  • Kitchenaid
  • Sharp

You should always compare models for their benefits, accessories and the like before making a decision. You can also consult internet reviews and talk to your friends and family for their recommendations.

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