The International Residential Code, the building code on which most local building codes are based, requires a clearance of 30 inches between the top of a range and any combustible surface, but it specifies that over-the-range microwaves, which are designed to tolerate less clearance, should be mounted according to their manufacturer's instructions.PCShutters wrote: ↑ I think he made a typo. 36+30=66" Which is indeed 5.5'
If the bottom most part of the OTR microwave is 66" above the floor, add in 3-4" for the exhaust fan and framing at the bottom. The turntable of the microwave is easily 70"(5'10") above the floor.
If you can see it at your eye level, that must have mean the microwave was mounted lower than it was supposed to be. If you are 5'9", your eyes should be at about 5'4"--the microwave was definitely mounted too low.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends that the bottom of the microwave should be no higher than 54 inches above the floor, which would allow for 18 inches of clearance between the microwave and the typical cooktop height of 36 inches.
Some manufacturers allow smaller clearances. General Electric, for example, requires that its microwaves be mounted with a minimum of 66 inches between the floor and the top of the microwave, which results in a clearance of between 13 and 16 inches from the microwave to the cooktop. Tight clearances, however, may make it difficult to use large pots on the cooktop.
So in short, it seems the heights can vary, and I assume its on the stove you are using to. We have only used electric stoves, have never been Natural gas fans over the years. So maybe NG need more clearance
And these days many OTR are so slim compared to even 5 years ago, like this one
https://www.costco.ca/whirlpool-1.1-cu. ... 72940.html
This one seems to be half the height of anything we ever owned.
Ours microwaves were always mounted to code, I made sure. Thats why we had to change cupboards because otherwise they would of been to low since they were set for a range hood only.
I also never paid attention to my eyes and the microwave, because I just used it and moved on, was I looking directly into it, maybe, maybe not, in theory, who cares
OTR work for many people, and its fine you and others disagree with that. But the thing is, just because you disagree, doesnt make you right
I disagree with knee level microwaves, I think they're stupid and impractical. But just because I think that, doesn't make me right either