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Current microwave plugged in or hard wired?

I will be replacing an over-the-range microwave oven.  In the cabinet above it is a receptacle.  A wire enters the receptacle, but I'm unable to see the other side of the receptable to verify that it has an outlet.  The microwave is on a dedicated 20 amp circuit.  Based on this information, am I correct that this must mean the receptacle has an outlet and the microwave is plugged into it, rather than that the microwave is hard-wired?   thanks.
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Posted 2019-09-30T23:16:53+0000  by Danno11 Danno11
 
Hello Danno11.  Welcome to the Community!

Over-the-range microwave ovens come with a short power cord that is intended to be plugged into an outlet located in the back of the cabinet directly above.

While is is possible that the person who installed your old unit cut the plug off the cord and hard-wired it into the electrical box, I have no idea why anyone would do that.

A 120 volt, 20 amp dedicated circuit to that microwave outlet is the ideal setup to have.

Chris.

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Posted 2019-10-01T15:57:46+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI
 
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