Last Updated on April 14, 2020 by Appliance Repair Assistant
The microwave grease filter over my range does not vent outside. The filter catches all smoke and grease when I cook on the stovetop. The filter is dirty and not filtering the smoke. How do I remove it and clean it? Is it safe to clean it instead of replacing the grease filter or should I replace it?
Cleaning the over-the-range microwave oven grease filter using the correct method will filter out the smoke. You do not need to replace the filter if cleaned properly and the filter is able to fully filter out the smoke. Here is how to clean your microwave vent filter.
However, replacing the microwave oven grease filter is an easy option as they are inexpensive and easy to remove and replace. If the filter has not been changed for years, it is best to buy a new one and discard the old one.
If the over the range microwave oven does not vent to the outside, a certain charcoal filter should be used. A specific charcoal filter part number for your microwave model should be used. Be sure to find the correct filter needed by finding the part number on the filter itself. Some microwaves have both a grease filter and a charcoal filter. So be sure to replace both if your microwave requires it.
When should I replace my microwave grease filter?
– Cooking grease is clogging the filter.
– Grease covers your cabinets above the microwave.
– Bad smell comes from the filter when the vent is turned on.
– Smoke from cooking does not flow into the venting system.
How to remove and replace a microwave grease filter?
1. Simply slide the old filter out from either the left or right (depending on model).
2. Discard the old grease filter.
3. Clean the area around the filter on the microwave of all grease and smoke stains.
4. Slide the new filter into place from either the left or right.
NOTE: The microwave grease filter might sit in place loosely. The filter is held in place when the vent fan is on and causing suction. When the vent fan is spinning, it holds the grease filter in the correct position to catch the smoke and grease. The filter may seem smaller than the actual compartment and not fully cover the vent area.
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When cooking with the microwave vent turned on, you may have grease that covers your cabinets above the microwave. This indicates the venting system is clogged or not working properly. If the filter is clean and the vent is not pulling the cooking smoke into it, you may have an issue with the vent fan. Troubleshoot the venting fan if this is the case.
This generalized microwave vent filter cleaning or replacement information can be used with all brands of microwaves including, LG, GE, Samsung, Whirlpool and more. Most venting systems are similar and following the steps above will help you to remove, replace, or clean your vent filter. Common part numbers for microwave grease filters are wb06x10309, wb02x11124, wb06x10823, jx81j, jvm6175sk1ss, jvm1540, and jvm7195sk3ss.
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