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# 248980 18-Apr-2019 09:38
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We are looking to replace our microwave. We have a set place it can go which is inside a set sized cabinet with an opening out the back for ventilation. 

 

Every Microwave we have had, says it requires SO much space on all sides, even if there are no vents at the top or sides, and because we have no choice we have picked the best one that requires the least space and put it in the gaps. 

 

This time around the microwave we want is 42l but only marginally larger than our existing 32L model. Right now we have about 4cm on each side for clearance, next to nothing on the top but oodles of space behind. This new model will give me about 5cm of clearance total but there is a vent only on 1 side so we were thinking we would slide the microwave off center to give it 5cm on the side with the vent. 

 

The question is, how big a deal is a recommendation to have big spaces all around the microwave? This particular microwave wants 10cm both sides and 10 at the top. There is simply no way we could accomodate any sized microwave under these conditions. 

 

What are the downsides of ignoring this? I mean we have had to on the MW's we have had previously, but they were a little smaller than this one. 

 

 


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  # 2220427 18-Apr-2019 09:49
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My opinion, based entirely on opinion, is so long as there's a few cm gap for ventilation it doesn't matter. I only have a few cm either side of my Panasonic (don't buy Panasonic, see the other thread for why) and it works fine.




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  # 2220444 18-Apr-2019 09:56
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I saw the other thread I have a Panasonic and I hate it for all the same reasons and I am moving to the LG NeoChef which is on special this weekend for $289. 

 

I just want to make sure that I will not blow it up, or cause harm by having less than the recommended clearances.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2220445 18-Apr-2019 09:57
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Did you ask Google? I assume it's just for ventilation. If you're using it to cook for a long time, like roasting a chicken, then it's probably more important than if you're just using it for a minute or two at a time to heat water.




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  # 2220640 18-Apr-2019 14:32
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Bough the LG decided to risk it. Will have 5CM clearance on the side vent and plenty at the back. The guy from the shop seemed adamant it would be fine if I wasn't cooking for 2 hours. I am inclined to agree. 

 

Google has mixed results, but /me shrugs.

 

 


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  # 2220664 18-Apr-2019 15:18
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I've got the same LG NeoChef MW placed in a similar space like you're going to do and I haven't noticed any issues so far *touch wood*. 

 

I too had concerns when reading about the recommended gap but flagged it as there was no way we could follow it...

 

 


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  # 2220973 19-Apr-2019 09:49
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My mum has an old one....really old, weighs a ton. Works brilliantly though, which is why it's still in use. It has almost no clearance at all in the built in shelf thingy it's in.

 

Been like that for the last 17 years, so I'd say don't fret.


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