range hood

The bathroom and the kitchen are the two rooms in your home that often require the most attention and are the two rooms most of your home repair projects will occur.

In our last post we discussed common mistakes during kitchen remodels and today we will provide instructions on a common kitchen DIY and that is how to replace a range hood in your kitchen.

Your under-cabinet range hood will eventually wear down and start to omit loud noises or appear grungy near the vent. You will want to replace it when these signs of wear start to occur. The good news is that it is a very easy project to replace a range hood and should only require 1-2 hours to complete.

Here are the tools you need:

  • Power drill
  • Non-contact tester
  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Range hood
  • Eletrical cable clamp
  • Safety goggles

The first step is to turn off the power. You will want to turn off the electricity in your kitchen before you attempt to remove the current range hood. This requires you to locate your circuit breaker box and shut off the necessary switches.

Now remove the grease filter from the old range hood and the wiring cover to disconnect the wires powering the vent. First use your non-contact tester to ensure the wires are not “hot” so as to avoid serious injury.

Now disconnect the white and black wires and the bare wire from the grounding screw.

Then remove the range hood from the cabinet above. Most of the time the range hood is connected with four screws. You will want someone to support the hood during this step so that it does not fall as you remove the screws from the wall and cabinet.

Now insert a cable clamp to the new range hood and then attach the vent to the range hood. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions so that the vent is attached properly and securely.

After the vent and cable clamp are installed you can run the wires through the new electrical box and reconnect the black cables together and white cables together.

Now it is time to install the new range hood. You will need a helper to stabilize the hood as you screw it into the above cabinets and the wall behind your stove.

Then you can reattach the bottom panel of the range hood and install the new grease filter and new lightbulbs if needed.

After the installation is complete, return to your main circuit panel and turn on the electricity in your kitchen again. Now turn on the range hood and ensure the lights and the vent are both working properly. If something does not work, read through the manufacturer’s instructions again step-by-step to ensure you completed the entire process.

You can now enjoy your new range hood in your kitchen! Be sure to visit our Home Remodeling blog again for new instructionals and DIY projects for your home.