When starting a DIY project in your kitchen, range hoods installation is a great place to start.
You’ll be able to install your very own range hood; updating your kitchen’s look and functionality. Not only will you save time but you’ll save money by doing it yourself.
Learn How to DIY Kitchen Range Hoods Installation
Learn how to do it yourself when it comes to range hoods installation for your kitchen. Not only will you be able to say that you installed it yourself, but you’ll also save money on costly electricians and home improvement professionals.
It only takes a few simple tools and a little bit of know-how and you’ll be on your way to do-it-yourself range wall hoods installation.
Range hoods are a necessary item for any kitchen remodel because they remove the smoke and odors associated with cooking.
How it works is that the fan and filter within the range hood circulate the bad air to take out the odors and smoke before it can infiltrate the rest of the house.
Range hoods can be found in a variety of colors, functions, and styles so you can match it to your kitchen’s decor or try something different for a new look.
Range hood installation isn’t that difficult with the proper tools and knowledge. In fact, you can do it yourself and save on the cost of hiring a professional.
Items Needed for DIY Kitchen Range Hoods Installation
There are a few basic items you will need to start a DIY range hoods installation in your kitchen.
These items can be found at the hardware store where you purchased your range hood or if you bought it elsewhere, grab these items before you start.
- Various drill bits
- Various screws
- Ductless vent range hood (a 30in style is common, but always measure first)
- 12/2 with ground electric wire to a length of where the closest power source is
- Various sized wire nuts
- Electrician’s fish tape
- Measuring tape
- Light bulb (if not included)
- Masking tape or duct tape
- Electrical tester
- A helper
A Few Things to Consider Before Installing Your Range Hood
When working on your new range wall hoods installation there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are not comfortable working with electrical wiring you can always contact an electrician. However, these simple steps make it easy to do this project.
Just be sure that your breaker to the kitchen is always turned off when working with any type of wiring or electricity. Always test it before proceeding and use an electrical tester (voltage meter) to be sure.
Once you have your new range hood in you can rest in the comfort of knowing that you did it yourself, saving time and money.
Putting the Range Hood In
There are a few simple steps in your new DIY kitchen range hoods installation.
- Check the area above the range where you will put your range wall hoods installation. If you see a cutout area that’s good but if not, measure the area under cabinets and above the stovetop for the fit.
You can use a template or create one of the stovetop range hoods and tape to the bottom of the cabinet.
- Mark the mounting holes and area where the wire will fish through to the range hood. Drill the appropriately sized hole for the wire from the nearest electrical box.
Test it for power and turn off the breaker to the kitchen area. Use an electrical tester to make sure the power is off.
- The fish wire from the range hood area to the electrical box and drill a hole into the electrical box.
- Attach the wires: black to black, white to white, green to green or ground, and cap with appropriate sized wire nuts.
- Pull the wiring through wiring connection hole in range hood and use a helper if needed due to the size or weight of your range hood.
- Mount range hood to the bottom of the cabinet area.
- Attach wires to range hood: black to black, white to white, green to green or ground.
- Install light bulb if needed and any filters or shades over light included in the range hood box kit.
- Turn the power on to the kitchen breaker and test the range hood.
- Image credit for DIY Kitchen Range Hoods Installation: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kitchen_stove_fan.jpg, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Art_License
- Kitchen gas stove, By Wonderlane via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/3175520714
- Kitchen facing southwest, with refrigerator, gas stove, and gas oven, By Wonderlane via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/3175518940
- Resources for this article are from the author’s own expertise and first-hand knowledge.