A wall oven makes a great, space-saving addition to any kitchen. Whether you choose a single or double unit, a microwave/oven combination or a convection unit, your cooking capacity will increase while wasted space will decrease. Before you can choose a wall oven, first you will need to measure to determine which size will accommodate your needs.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
Measure entry doors (outside and inside) and hallways before you measure anything else. The new wall oven has to fit through the entryway first. The largest wall oven models average 30 inches wide, so as long as all entries are at least 3 to 4 inches wider than that, you'll be able to get it in the kitchen.
Choose a location where you will be able to hard wire the unit. Wall ovens are not approved for plug/receptacle hookup and must be hard-wired. You'll also need to make proper adjustments to include bracing that will hold at least 125kg. Most wall oven door handles extend 3 inches from the oven door face, so the unit must be situated so that adjacent 45 and 90 degree cabinets and drawers do not interfere with door operation.
Measure existing wall oven to determine whether you will need to expand the cabinet area. Older wall ovens are smaller, so adjustments will need to be made to accommodate the new wall oven.
Measure width, height and depth of cavity where wall oven will be placed. A typical double wall oven measures from 24 to 30 inches in width, and is 53 inches or more in height, when trim is included. A single wall oven averages around 30 inches in height. The depth needed for a wall oven should be at least 24 inches.
Determine adhesion specifications of adjacent cabinetry. It must have a temperature rating of at least 90 degrees C to safely withstand the heat emitted from the wall oven units.
Tips and warnings
- Most appliance stores offer free installation of wall oven units; however, you will need to hire a contractor to make adjustments for proper wiring and to alter the area where the wall oven will be located.
- Consult a contractor for options if adjacent cabinetry does not meet temperature rating specifications. Anything below 90 degrees C cannot withstand the heat and may cause a fire.
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