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Wiring Methods for Adding Kitchen Circuits

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install Electrical Circuits for the Kitchen: Electrical Panels and Circuit Wiring, Creating More Circuit Breaker Spaces, Dish Washer and Garbage Disposal Outlets and more.

Kitchen Electrical Wiring

Electrical Question: I want to put in an over the range microwave oven and was wondering if it is okay to put it on the 2-20amp and 40 amp breaker.

Thanks  By The Way for the wiring diagrams.
Thanks for your time!

This home electrical wiring question came from: Randy, from Portland, Oregon.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Randy.

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Application: Installing Kitchen Circuits.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill,  auger bits and extension cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install kitchen electrical circuit wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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2 Responses to “Wiring Methods for Adding Kitchen Circuits”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Great Question Max,
    Yes, there should be room around the microwave, especially in the back area and anywhere there are holes to supply ventilation and air circulation for the internal components to stay cool. You may want to check the owners manual for specific details.

  2. Max Stanford says:

    Here’s an odd question, but need to know and couldn’t find it on the Microwave page. Is it important for the microwave to vent? I want to wire an outlet for it into a little hub area/shelf but am unsure how much space I should construct around the microwave or whether I should actually attempt to build a vent around it. Any help is appreciated!