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How To Install An Electronic Circuit Board

oct. 12

As beautiful as your range hood looks in your kitchen, it’s the electronic circuit board that’s really the most awe-inspiring part of the whole appliance. That little component houses all the wires and mechanisms that power the range hood to draw up and exhaust smoke, fumes, grease, and odors out of your kitchen to the outdoors.

Sometimes, after many years of working well, you might find that your range hood stops working. Now what? You might decide that this is the time to remodel the kitchen and buy a new range hood. Or, you might decide to fix the one you have.

If you’re an expert at working with electrical components, you can order a circuit board from Range Hoods Inc. Make sure you’ve chosen the right component for your range hood before placing your order. Better yet, give our expert tech team a call first. Once you’re sure you’ve matched the circuit board to your existing range hood, you can follow the instructions that come with the component.

And if you run into any issues, give us a call!

DIY: Get The Electrical Right When Installing Your Range Hood

sept 12

Today, we’re going to answer a question we received recently from a homeowner: What are the electrical requirements for installing a range hood?

With so many people now making the choice to renovate their home instead of moving, electrical wiring can become an issue. Many older homes naturally have wires that may be obsolete, like knob and tube. Or, the wiring may have been sufficient to power the few appliances and low electrical load that most people used in homes over 50 years old. Just think: a home built in the 1930s didn’t have to accommodate cell phone chargers, television sets, computers, air conditioners, and in some cases, room lights!

Our range hoods require your home to have a circuit box that can handle 110V at 3 AMPS with a standard 3-prong plug. That’s not at all excessive by today’s standards. But, it might be an issue if your home is of an older vintage. I recommend asking your range hood installer to double check your home’s power capabilities before installing the unit. That way, the wiring can be adjusted before the unit is installed.

Call our Support Team if you have any other questions. We love hearing from you!

Venting a Range Hood Outside

Range hoods are common in the sense that the majority of kitchens have them, but what many people do not have in their homes are range hoods that vent the air outside of the house as opposed to simply filtering the air and recirculating it throughout the kitchen. Air ventilation is very important in any kitchen, primarily because of the grease, smoke and debris that crowds the air as a result of cooking and baking. Without proper ventilation, these air pathogens may eventually lead to health problems or food borne illness, so proper ventilation from the start is a necessity.

Under Cabinet Range  Hood                                                       Photo Credit: lovinghere.com

If you already have duct work built into your home, installing your new range hood should be a pretty simple process. On the other hand, if you were previously using a ductless range hood and are looking into switching to a vented range hood that will actually deposit the contaminated air to the outside of the house, you may need some additional construction and design work to make sure that everything is properly set up and ready to go.

Step 1:
Before beginning the ductwork and vent hood installation process, make sure to remove any unnecessary body parts from the hood such as the filter, fan, light housing and electrical work

Step 2:
Lift the hood to its permanent location above the range and outline the section that will be knocked out for the duct with a pen or pencil. The knock-out can also be made through the top for wall mounted vent hoods.

Step 3:
Saw out the rectangular piece from the wall where you made the outline, and drill a hole next to this box for the electrical line.

Step 4:
Repeat the same process for cutting a rectangular hole on the outside of the house. If possible, remove the block from the outside wall from inside of the house to achieve better alignment with the first hole.

Step 5:
You can create a mounting plate by aligning a piece of PVC plate to the hole against the inside of the kitchen. You can affix the plate with screws and a silicone adhesive as necessary.

Step 6:
If possible, get someone to help you hold the vent hood in place as you feed the cable through slot next to the knockout hole, and clamp the range hood into its permanent position against the wall and above the range.

Step 7:
Now it’s time to install your duct work. You can do this by starting with the rectangular hole on the outside of the house. Slide the exterior vent cap into the hole and secure with screws. As necessary, apply a silicone sealant around the edges of the cap to ensure no moisture can seep through on wet or rainy days.

Step 8:
On the inside of the wall, ensure electrical function before sealing off the duct work. Use a wire not to conceal the electrical wiring, and attach the vertical cover to hide the ductwork and finish installation.

Step 9:
Finally, install the body parts back into the range hood and enjoy a cleaner, more breathable kitchen space!

Range HoodPhoto Credit: heimdecor.net

Have you installed a range hood and/or ductwork in your home? If so, how did it go? Did you encounter any issues, or do you have any suggestions for others who are looking to do a self-manned installation?