Originally Posted by Sue and Henry
My microwave seems to be dead. ☹️ I did try the control panel switch labeled microwave. No luck there. I have gotten into the panel shown in the photo on the outside, but itís for the refrigerator. The microwave has a panel holding it in place attached with six (possibly) screws. Could they be rivets? Iíve got a wide variety of screw heads and sizes. None seem to match. Has anyone taken a microwave out? Any clever tricks?
The outside vent is strictly for venting the condenser cooling fins of the fridge
. There are two round "vents" located inside the trailer on the vertical bulkheads on each side of the microwave compartment. My factory OE micro zapper crapped out a few years ago after 12 years of service, so I replaced it with a new micro.
Since my original Dometic microwave started acting goofy and only working intermittently, I pulled it out in preparation to install its replacement. If you are curious of what it looks like in there, here's a few pics to let you see it with the microwave removed.
There are no screws in the microwave surround as it comes from the factory. It is installed with rivets, which need to be drilled out to remove the microwave from the cabinet. When I installed my new replacement microwave, I installed Riv-Nuts
, which are compression fittings that you squeeze and expand into the mounting holes, much as a rivet would be expanded, but the difference is that the Riv-Nuts
have internal machine screw threads to accept regular machine screws. So, the next time I need to remove the microwave, I can just unscrew it and I don't have to drill out any more rivets.
The yellow and green wires coming out of the carpet shows you where the "porch light" wiring is under the carpeting, and also my new switch conversion, on the left, where I mounted the light
switch in the front hallway. The porch light
itself no longer has a switch.
The wires on the right side are for the thermostat and the switch I added to use the t-stat for either using the A/C or using the heat strips/propane furnace
, or both. I also reversed the orientation of the hidden outlet mounted in the floor of the upper cabinet, so that it sits facing upward instead of downward. I drilled a hole in the back rear corner to route the microwave plug up through so I can plug it in and still have another outlet for something small to use it.
After much research and decision making, I bought this one based on the ratings, even though it is only a 900 watt unit, which is no big deal. I couldn't find one with a "good-enough-to-suit-me" rating other than this one, but it is a little bit smaller than the Dometic that it replaces. The stainless steel louvered vented trim package of the new one is smaller than the original rough opening in the trailer. I saved the old trim ring from the Dometic and modified it, (quite heavily,) with a lot of beating, cutting, grinding, and generally hand-fitted it to use with the new stainless trim ring mounted inside it. To maintain the proper floor level inside the cabinet for the microwave to sit on, I had to raise the floor exactly 1/4" to get my original Riv-Nuts to properly line up in the old ring with the MW sitting on the floor squarely and level. The new ring is mounted to both the microwave and the old ring.