Range Hood Installation
By Larry Walton
Under the Hood — Install an oven range hood to upgrade your kitchen’s exhaust system.
When the Vendettis decided to upgrade their kitchen, one key improvement they chose was to install a commercial-style range hood. Not only would a stainless steel range hood add the flare of a gourmet kitchen, it would also open the room for better sight lines to the windows and adjoining living areas. As an added bonus, the new hood design would offer better airflow to remove cooking steam and odors from the house.
If you are building a new kitchen or planning a remodel using this style of range hood, make sure the wall surface and power supply are already set up. However, if you are removing an existing range hood and the wall cabinets on which it is mounted, you have a little more work ahead of you.
Most of the storage space above the Vendettis’ existing cabinet-mounted hood was taken up by the ducting. They figured they could compensate for any lost storage from the removal of the adjacent wall cabinets by installing some stainless steel shelves, which would provide functional storage while adding to the commercial feel of the kitchen.
Step 1: Prepare for this industrial-inspired range hood by removing any wall cabinets that are located above the range. Some homeowners compensate for the lost cabinet storage by installing open shelves and racks near the range hood.
Step 2: Remove the range hood parts from the packaging and position the mounting bracket to get a measurement from the bottom of the appliance to the bracket.
Step 3: Align the chase pieces for a measurement to make sure they will reach the ceiling at the elevation you choose to mount the hood.
Step 4: Measure and mark the elevation of the range hood mounting plate. Pay attention to the elevation suggestions in the instructions, because this will affect the performance of the hood and how well it removes steam, and heaven forbid, smoke from the cook top area.
Step 5: Use a level to mark plumb lines where the duct pipe and hood chase will be located. For our install, this also determined the location of the required outlet.
Step 6: Use a compass to lay out where the duct must be cut to go through the ceiling. There is not much room within the hood chase so keep the duct close to the wall.