I haven't accepted yet because the answer didn't tell me anything I didn't know. I have been looking at specifications and installation guides online and I can read the dimensions for each one. I was having issues finding a Kenmore installation guide online. For the most part - from what I've found: a 36 inch Electrolux has the same openings for all models; likewise - a 36 inch GE Profile has the same openings. etc. . . My problem is we have a cabinet that we thought was 36 inches wide. In fact, the inner cabinet - where the cooktop would go - is 34 1/2 inches wide. We are trying to figure out if we can have a cooktop that is very close to the cut-out wood and cabinet BELOW the cooktop. I can't find that out by the installation guides. The installations sate: "2 inch minimum clearance to side walll from cut-out." I don't know if that means two inches from the cooktop to a vertical side wall above the cooktop, or 2 inches from the cooktop to a vertical cabinet wall under the cooktop as well.
My main question: does it matter how close the cooktop is to the sides of the cabinet walls underneath the cooktop? If the cooktop barely fits - is butting up to the side cabinets - next to and below the cooktop - is that okay? Or, does the 2 inch requirement also apply to the cabinet on which the cooktop sits and the cabinet walls under it?? I hope this makes sense??
Thanks so much.