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Most built-in ovens have the same features as their free-standing counterparts. The difference comes in the placement and installation plus that there will also be a drop-in hob needed somewhere in the kitchen if you choose a wall oven. Many prefer the wall oven over the lower cabinet built-in oven because there is no need to bend over to view or reach for the food. The disadvantage to this type of oven is the space it has to fit into. If you are trying to replace an oven, you will have to find an oven that will fit your current cabinetry. If you are doing a remodel to your kitchen, you can find oven cabinets at your local home improvement store or your local cabinet store.
Cabinetry for Built-In Ovens
To install a built-in oven you can use a plywood deck, however it must be perfectly level. If it is not level there is a chance someone could be injured if the door flies open or shut. The other problem that occurs if the deck is not level is your food will not cook evenly. There's nothing worse than a lopsided birthday cake. Built-in ovens come with mounting brackets that must be installed prior to setting the oven. Pilot holes should be drilled before you install the brackets to prevent damage to your cabinets. The oven slides into the cabinetry and there needs to be a gap between the front of the cabinet and the oven. This part of the installation is not that hard, but the units are heavy and awkward to handle. No one should attempt to do this alone.
Electrical Installation for Built-In Ovens
The electrical part of installing this type of oven is a little more difficult. Do not attempt to do this if you are not an electrician or don't know a lot about wiring. Different ovens come with different electrical needs and if a new circuit breaker needs to be installed, make sure to pull a permit from the county building and code office. It will want to inspect the work before you hook up your oven. These ovens need a permanent ground, and if it's not done right, it could result in a fire. You can view an electrical hookup for a built-in oven at electroluxusa.com, but remember this may not be the same for the oven you purchase. The oven you purchase will come with its own set of installation requirements.
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