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How To Install A Range Hood Chimney

april 24

Many of the range hoods we sell come with the option of a chimney extension. Newer homes tend to be built with 9 foot, 10 foot, or taller ceilings. If you’re purchasing a range hood that is mounted under the cabinets, then the height of the ceiling really doesn’t matter. All that changes when you are trying to fit a range hood over an island or you plan to wall mount it. In that case, you’ll need to add a chimney extension onto the range hood’s existing ductwork.

Take these steps first.

  1. Before choosing your perfect range hood, make sure you measure the ceiling height accurately.
  2. Measure the height of your stove. Most stoves are standard height. Some though, are taller or shorter. You’ll need to know how tall it is in order to get the next step right.
  3. Measure your range hood. This step sounds unnecessary. But, a range hood needs to be installed at a particular height above the stove (check the manufacturer’s suggestion). That measurement will help determine how many chimney pieces you’ll need.

Need more help? Give us a call! We’ll help you do the math for your own kitchen.

Featured Product: The Island Mount Extension

oct. 18

Oh, it may not be much to look at. But this stainless steel extension connects to an island range hood and stretches to accommodate extra tall ceilings.

Most new buildings – whether they are units in condo towers, townhomes, semi-detached, or detached homes – feature sky high ceilings. If your home doesn’t feature 10 foot ceilings, you may have seen them on HGTV.

Home buyers love the sense of extra space and airiness that the extra high ceilings give a home. The problem is that fitting any fixtures that typically hang from ceilings, like range hoods and chandeliers, requires special consideration.

This chimney extension attaches to the regular chimney that wall mount and island mount range hoods come with. The extension matches the steel of the range hood allowing for a seamless view.

Think you need one in your kitchen? Give the experts on our Support Team a call. We love hearing from you!

Monthly Pick – Range Hood Myths Debunked

oct. 16

How much thought do you really give your range hood? I mean, beyond how beautiful it looks, and how stylish it is, and how well it fits with your kitchen decor.

How much thought do you give to how well it works? Don’t feel bad if you’re answer is none at all. You’re not alone. A lot of people don’t spend very much time thinking about how well their range hoods work. In fact, a lot of people out there might have the wrong idea about why they need a range hood in the kitchen at all.

So, here are the three most common myths about range hoods debunked…

Opening a window provides enough ventilation. Actually, no. You’d need a pretty strong breeze to blow through the kitchen to displace any smoke, odors, and fumes that are accumulating as a natural part of cooking. And let’s not even talk about the grease. The problem with a breeze is that it’s not consistent enough to eliminate all those toxins. Beyond that, a breeze is likely to push those toxins through to other parts of your home instead of exhausting them to the outdoors.

The best range hoods fans are the most expensive. Not true. Don’t judge the quality of a range hood by its price. Instead, consider what type of stove you use (gas or electric), how much you tend to cook in the course of a week, and the type of cooking you do (frying, grilling, etc). For help deciding how to choose the best range hood for your home, give us a call!

Range hood fans are too noisy. Some can be very noisy. If noise is a concern for you, there are quiet fans that are also very powerful. Speak to a knowledgeable agent to determine which model suits your needs best.

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!

Converting A Ducted To Ductless Range Hood

sept. 8

Depending on the shape and size of your kitchen, you might find yourself considering whether or not you need a ducted or ductless range hood.

Buyers can often be concerned about how much space a chimney-style range hood might take up. In small to medium-sized kitchens, every bit of space counts, and an interior designer or general contractor can help homeowners figure out the best way to make use of space.

But, it really is a good idea to install a range hood in even the tightest space. Range hoods absorb odors, steam and grease that would otherwise end up on the walls and ceiling of the kitchen. That just makes more work for the homeowner who has to turn around and regularly deep clean the kitchen. No one wants to do that, right?

Apart from space considerations, many homeowners really like the idea of using a ductless recirculating system because it comes with a secondary charcoal filter that allows for extra air filtration. If you’ve fallen in love with a particular range hood model, but you’d prefer a ductless system, I encourage you to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales staff or call our Support Team. We do have some models that come with the option of converting the ducting. We’d love to help you choose the right one.

How To Install A Range Hood

sept. 6

For most of us installing a range hood to the wall or ceiling is a job for the professionals. But there are a few intrepid individuals out there who are more than willing and able to tackle a do-it-yourself job like this one.

If you fall into that DIY camp, here’s my best advice:

Our range hoods come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles. If you’ve looked through our selection – And if you haven’t, I definitely recommend that you do! – you’ll see that some range hoods mount to the wall while others mount to the ceiling. Which you choose depends entirely on the space available in your kitchen. You also need to consider how the ductwork runs and whether it needs to vent out from the side of your home or up through the ceiling.

As always, I really encourage you to talk with one of our Support Team or hire a general contractor to assess the space before you purchase a range hood. There are so many factors that go into a proper installation, that it’s really important to make sure you have all the information you’ll need from an expert source.

Once you’re armed with all the right information, you’ll find that installing the range hood you’ve chosen is pretty straightforward. For the wall-mount type, the range hood has holes built into it that allow it to be easily fastened to the wall. The island-mounted units are a bit different. They have a chimney skeleton frame that supports the hood. The frame then gets securely bolted to the ceiling. At that point, installing the rest of the hood around it is quick. In either case, it’s best to have two people doing the installation. One person should hold the range hood pieces in place as they’re connected, and the second person can connect the pieces to each other and to the wall or ceiling.

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

Pro Tip: How To Hire The Right Person To Install A Range Hood

july 24

Are you an avid do-it-yourselfer? At first glance, I thought that installing a range hood would be fairly straightforward … until I glanced at the installation manual that came along with it. All those diagrams and measurements were just far enough beyond my (clearly) limited expertise that I had to concede defeat. There was no way that I would be installing my own range hood this time. But, if I’m not doing it, who should I hire instead?

Installing a range hood isn’t hard, but I wouldn’t classify it as a do-it-yourself job. It does require some knowledge of how to work with building materials, like drywall and electrical components.

My advice would be to hire a general contractor, an HVAC technician, or even a handyman to install it. Any of these tradespeople will have the skills to install a range hood quickly and cleanly. Also, as most tradespeople will tell you, things sometimes do go wrong. You might find that the space to accommodate the ductwork for the range hood might need to be altered a bit. In that case, you’ll need to have someone who knows how to cut and repair drywall or plaster properly.

Or, if a new range hood is being installed in an older home, a qualified technician will be there, on hand, to deal with any electrical wiring issues that might arise. Ultimately, make a point of asking the tradesperson if he or she has had experience installing range hoods, and ask for references if you can. A range hood is an important part of your kitchen. So, it’s best to make sure you hire someone who’s absolutely qualified to install it.

If you have any questions at any point before, during or after the installation, give our Support Team a call.

Q&A: Does The Duct Size Matter

july 14

Now, here’s one of those important questions that can get bog one down in numbers and measurements. The reason is because the ductwork that connect the range hood to the outdoors must be accurate.

If you pair ductwork that’s narrow in diameter with a big, industrial-sized range hood, you’ll immediately notice that your new range hood just doesn’t function like it’s supposed to.

Grease, odors, steam, and fumes will settle within on your kitchen’s walls and ceilings instead of being drawn up and out of your home. So, without getting too focused on numbers, let’s just say that the ductwork must match the size and power of the range hood.

Most range hoods require a 6” or 8″ opening to the outside. If you don’t have access to outside, you have to use our Ductless Recirculation Kit. Read the manufacturers recommendation before buying. If you choose a range hood that requires 8-inch ductwork, but your previous range hood only required 6-inch ductwork, you may find yourself embarking on a little, unexpected kitchen renovation.

Have questions about which size is right for your kitchen? Give us a call!

The Range Hood Warranty Is All About Peace Of Mind

july 12

Now that you’ve gone to all the effort of choosing the right range hood for your home, you’ll need to make sure it comes with a warranty.

Range Hoods Inc offers a 1 year limited parts warranty. That means that if you have the range hood installed only to find that it’s not working the way it’s supposed to (or not working at all!), the culprit might be one of the factory installed parts. If that happens to you, make sure you call support as soon as possible.

Having said that, I’m pretty sure that it’s safe to say the majority (if not all) of the range hoods purchased through Range Hoods Inc have not malfunctioned.

Have questions about coverage for your range hood? Give us a call!

How To Install A Range Hood

Photo: This Old House

When you’ve hired a professional to come into your home to fix or install something, do you hang around and watch them work? I have to admit I do. Even if I know absolutely nothing about how to fix or install that object, I make sure I’m around to answer any questions they may have and also to ask questions.

Whether or not you know your way around a toolbox, I would suggest that it’s a good idea to know a little about how that pro might go about fixing or installing whatever the object is. Big appliances and fixtures, like a range hood, definitely fall into that category. Something as vital to your home’s air quality, like a range hood, should be installed correctly.

Here’s what Range Hoods Inc recommends:

Range hoods are very heavy and must be well-fastened to the wall studs. Do not hang a range hood on the drywall or plaster alone. Use the stud locator to find the studs and make marks for the screws. Use the drill bit (smaller than the screw shaft) and pre-drill the screw holes. Don’t use a drill bit that is too large; this could cause the range hood to pull away from the wall and this could result in injury.

Watch this video courtesy of This Old House on how to do it properly.