Range hoods are valuable additions to kitchens for clearing out stoves and cooktops of smoke and gasses. Once you install a range hood, you can say goodbye to misted cooking grease or smoke alarms going off at the slightest hint of smoke.
Codes and Regulations
If this is a one-for-one replacement, a permit may not be required in your municipality. Often termed a like-in-kind replacement for appliances such as dishwashers, ovens, toilets, or sinks, this type of improvement may not require permitting in the same location if no modifications are made to gas, plumbing, or electrical lines. Be sure to check with your local permitting department first, though. Permitted or not, the installation of the range hood will always be subject to local building codes, as well as any homeowner’s association restrictions.
Basics of Installing a Range Hood
Range hoods are placed directly over a countertop-based cooktop or a stove. Range hoods have a large downward-facing hood to collect the smoke or steam and force it out of the house with a multi-speed fan through an aluminum filter. Ductwork typically runs out of the side of the house—above the level of the range hood—or directly upward through the roof.
Range Hood Use and Maintenance Tips
- Wash the metal filter at least once a month in hot water and detergent. Rinse in cold water and let it completely dry before re-installation.
- Filters should always be installed in the same direction. Look for imprinted arrows or instructions on the filter.
- Clean the range hood with a sponge, warm water, and a mild detergent. Never use abrasive cleaners.
- Most range hood fans are permanently lubricated and do not need re-oiling. However, consult the instructions to see if any lubrication is required.
- Regularly clean inside of the duct to remove grease and other debris that may catch fire.
Source: The Spruce