It is time to change out your old wall oven for a new one, but how to remove it from its cabinetry may seem like a mystery. Once you gain access to the hidden screws, removing the wall oven is not a difficult task. You'll know when it is time for an upgrade when your old, dedicated wall oven no longer bakes and broils the way it used to. Select a new unit that is the same size as the old one to lessen the need for major cabinetry modifications.
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Things you need
- Wire cutters
- Work gloves
Turn off the power and gas. Turn the power to the wall oven off at the main electrical box, and turn off the gas line to the wall oven if it's a gas model. Before embarking on this project, check your local building codes. These codes may dictate that only a licensed electrician can remove and install a wall oven.
Check that the power and gas are off at the unit before proceeding with the removal if you are a licensed electrician, or if your local building codes permit removal of the oven by a homeowner.
Remove the oven doors to gain better access to the location where the wall oven is anchored to the cabinetry. Locate the screws or hinges on the doors, loosen them with a screwdriver or a drill and set them aside.
Remove the trim pieces. Pry off the trim pieces around the edges of the wall oven with a flathead screwdriver to expose the screws. The trim pieces are used to conceal the screw heads so that the wall oven has a neat, uniform appearance.
Unscrew the wall oven from the cabinet frame. Locate approximately four screws around the perimeter of the wall oven frame. Unscrew the screws in any order, since none of the screws are weight-bearing and the body of the wall oven will still be supported in the wall oven cabinetry.
Disconnect the wires and the gas line, if the model you're removing is a gas oven. Disconnect the wall oven's electrical wires from the junction box, and turn off and disconnect the gas line before removing it from its cabinet. Sometimes the electrical junction box and gas line connection are located on the back wall of the cabinetry next to the wall oven, or as Ron Hazelton of Ron Hazelton's House Calls states, "Normally there's an electrical junction box attached to the wall behind the oven." In this case, you will have to remove the wall oven before disconnecting the wires.
Unscrew the electrical junction box cover to expose the wire connections. Untwist the wire nuts to separate the old wall oven's wire from the electrical power lines, and then unscrew the clamps to loosen the wire cable from the junction box. Use pliers or wrenches to loosen and remove the gas line connection to the wall oven if there's one present.
Pull the unit out. Pry the old wall unit out of the cabinetry. Check that the wall unit is loose by prying it away from the cabinetry with a flathead screwdriver. Once it is loosened all around, grab the frame of the wall oven and pull it out. Have someone help you pull the wall oven out and carry it away.
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