New Range Hood Installation: What to Expect

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Want to know what to expect when installing a new range hood? HireHandy has you covered with all the info you need.

​​When it comes to your home, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms. Not only does it offer you a place to cook and eat meals, but it’s also one of the most visible rooms in your house. That’s why every homeowner should have a functional, attractive, and efficient kitchen that can serve as an entrance point for guests or showcase their beautiful home.

The appearance of your kitchen is equally as important — after all, if people aren’t going to spend time in there then why have a kitchen? To help you transform your kitchen into something that shows its best self, we’ve put together some expert tips on how you can install a new range hood.

What to look for when choosing a new range hood

Each range hood has an air flow system that consists of a fan, ductwork and filters.

The fan, ductwork and filters are all important parts of an air flow system because they work together to filter and remove odors from your home while cooking. Now, let’s take a look at some of the main components of a range hood that can help you choose the best model for your home.

  • Air flow system: The air flow system of a range hood is the critical component that allows the hood to create the right amount of air flow.
  • Filter: The filter on a range hood is what removes impurities like grease and creates the clean air flow you need.
  • Ductwork: The ductwork on a range hood transports the air from the fan to the exit point outside.

Installing a new range hood

If you’re planning on installing a new range hood on your own, then we’ve got some great news for you — most range hoods are fairly simple to install.

If you don’t want to hire a professional to install your new range hood, then you can head to your local home improvement store and find a model that’s both cost efficient and easy to install. However, before you start installing your new range hood, it’s important to do a little prep work.

Take measurements before you start

Before you start measuring and installing a new range hood, you should take a step back and make sure that you’re choosing a model that will fit your kitchen’s dimensions. Even though you can find a range hood that’s fairly compact, many range hoods are designed to fit standard-sized kitchens.

If you’re installing a range hood for your kitchen that’s particularly narrow or deep, it’s important to measure the dimensions to ensure that you don’t end up with a model that won’t fit. After you’ve measured the dimensions of your kitchen, you can choose a range hood that’s both reasonably priced and fits your kitchen’s dimensions.

Connect the new hood

Once you’ve removed your old range hood (if needed), it’s time to start installing your new range hood. 

Before the install, it’s important to consider some preliminary electrical work. Your hood should have a dedicated line from your electrical panel with its own breaker as the fan can draw a lot of power. Your range hood may come with a plug and therefore that new line from the panel should be hooked up to a dedicated outlet which is often hidden behind the first piece of duct work that connects to the top of your range hood. If your range hood requires an outlet, you will need to install one first, make sure to measure carefully so that the duct will cover the outlet completely when installed.

You’ll want to make sure that your measurements account for your new range hood’s back to be level. This helps to give your new range hood a cleaner look and better performance. After your measurements are laid out and marked on the wall, you’ll want to open your new range hood’s box and remove any packing material. Once you’ve done this, you can start installing your new range hood per the instructions.

Install the fan grille

Installing your new range hood’s fan grille is the next step you’ll want to take. The fan grille is what attaches to the range hood’s fan and directs the air through the ductwork. It’s important to make sure that you install your new range hood’s fan grille correctly, as it can greatly affect the amount of air that your range hood can move.

To begin, you’ll want to slide your new range hood’s grill onto the fan. Next, you’ll want to tighten the fan grille in place by whatever mechanism your range hood uses. If your fan grille is attached using bolts, make sure that you tighten the bolts in an alternating pattern. This helps to ensure that the grille doesn’t loosen from fan vibrations.

Wrapping up

With all of this in mind, it’s important to note that installing a new range hood is a fairly simple and straightforward process. In many cases, you’ll only need to remove your old range hood, connect your new range hood, and install the fan grill.

However, if you find that your new range hood is more difficult or challenging to install than your old range hood, you might want to reach out to a reliable contractor to help. HireHandy can find you the perfect match. HireHandy connects you with the most reliable and trustworthy home professionals near you.

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