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salilsurendran 09-15-2012 01:17 PM

Installing OTR microwave but no electrical outlet in upper cabinet
 
Hello,
I have an OTR microwave but right now I have no electrical outlet in the upper cabinet. I was planning to drill through the side cabinets and use an extension cord to reach the nearest electrical socket. Was wondering if that is a good plan or should I get an electrician to install an electrical socket in the upper cabinet?

orange 09-15-2012 03:46 PM

Not sure where you're located, and I am not an electrician, but in Canada when I installed an OTR microwave(GE) the code was an OTR microwave required a dedicated circuit (15amp). But a stand on the counter microwave could be plugged into a kitchen receptacle. So, here, you'd require a dedicated circuit. But the code may be different for your location.

beenthere 09-15-2012 03:47 PM

Moved to Electrical forum.

Gac66610 09-15-2012 03:58 PM

Best thing would be to get a licensed electrician to install a circuit for the microwave

kevinp22 09-15-2012 08:58 PM

dont use an extension cord for a permanent load, especially a high draw appliance

Jim Port 09-15-2012 09:12 PM

You are going to need to install a new dedicated circuit from the panel.

Do not use the extension cord.

gregzoll 09-15-2012 09:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by salilsurendran (Post 1010401)
Hello,
I have an OTR microwave but right now I have no electrical outlet in the upper cabinet. I was planning to drill through the side cabinets and use an extension cord to reach the nearest electrical socket. Was wondering if that is a good plan or should I get an electrician to install an electrical socket in the upper cabinet?

Sure, go right ahead. It is your butt, and not anyone else's, when it goes up in flames.

frenchelectrican 09-15-2012 11:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 1010686)
Sure, go right ahead. It is your butt, and not anyone else's, when it goes up in flames.

Est-ce que vous êtes sérieux ?

( are you serious ? )

The OTR microwave unit will required it own circuit anyway. This useally mention in the owner manual or installment sheet.

Merci,
Marc

salilsurendran 09-16-2012 02:19 AM

Right now I have the OTR microwave plugged into a wall socket and have been using it for a few days and none of the breakers have tripped. So why would it be a problem if I plug it into a wall socket in the kitchen.

Speedy Petey 09-16-2012 06:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by salilsurendran (Post 1010783)
Right now I have the OTR microwave plugged into a wall socket and have been using it for a few days and none of the breakers have tripped. So why would it be a problem if I plug it into a wall socket in the kitchen.

I can already see where this is going. :whistling2:

A breaker will not trip and your house will not burn down the instant you plug the thing in. This is a long term problem and the main problem is with the extension cord going through cabinets. Also the fact that you are plugging in a larger fixed appliance to a wall or counter circuit.

I get the impression that it works now so you think everything is fine and nothing bad will happened. You can think this and will probably do what you want anyway, but please know that the others here are absolutely CORRECT. You NEED a dedicated properly sized circuit in the cabinet above the micro/hood. This is the ONLY safe, proper and legal solution.

gregzoll 09-16-2012 07:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frenchelectrican (Post 1010731)
Est-ce que vous êtes sérieux ?

( are you serious ? )

The OTR microwave unit will required it own circuit anyway. This useally mention in the owner manual or installment sheet.

Merci,
Marc

Marc, it is called Sarcasm.

PoleCat 09-16-2012 10:20 AM

Hey I got to agree with these other fellers about just putting in a new circuit. It is the only right way to do it. But having resorted to many an act of disregard for the accepted convention myself I can understand your position. If I were hell bent on using the extension cord I would only use one rated for the same current as the breaker on that circuit. And I would check to see if Green Acres type precautions were needed such as never running the microwave while the coffee pot was on or the toaster was in use. Newer microwaves don't chug as much juice as they used to and you may get lucky and have no serious issues.

rjniles 09-16-2012 10:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PoleCat (Post 1010912)
Hey I got to agree with these other fellers about just putting in a new circuit. It is the only right way to do it. But having resorted to many an act of disregard for the accepted convention myself I can understand your position. If I were hell bent on using the extension cord I would only use one rated for the same current as the breaker on that circuit. And I would check to see if Green Acres type precautions were needed such as never running the microwave while the coffee pot was on or the toaster was in use. Newer microwaves don't chug as much juice as they used to and you may get lucky and have no serious issues.


I don' think we should encourage posters to disregard code and safety issues.

mike.nowak 09-16-2012 11:11 AM

Goto your hardware store get a 120 volt cord for a microwave. There are some that are made specifically for microwaves. You do not need a dedicated circuit as a otr microwave does not have any more wattage than an on the counter microwaves

Speedy Petey 09-16-2012 11:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mike.nowak (Post 1010935)
You do not need a dedicated circuit as a otr microwave does not have any more wattage than an on the counter microwaves

WRONG!
Please learn the codes before posting electrical advice to this board. :mad:


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