Smoke, grease, and odors are a must in a kitchen if you have a gas stove and you cook on a regular basis. It is necessary to get rid of them to ensure safety, to prevent deposition of grease and to also eliminate the odors that can be uncomfortable.
The function of removing smoke, odors, and grease from a kitchen is efficiently performed by a range hood vent. People who have smaller kitchens, they can get the job done with exhaust fans but for larger kitchens, the exhaust fans will certainly not be enough.
Installation a Range Hood Vent Through Ceiling
Since the range hood vent, is a necessity of the kitchen, in this article, we will see how it can be installed through the ceiling.
In order to install a range vent hood through the ceiling, the following materials will be required.
A drilling machine, a hammer, a pry bar, a flexible duct, a screwdriver or maybe more than one, a pair of gloves, safety glasses, a caulking gun, a tape measure and a reciprocating straw. Along with these, you also require screw anchors, cable clamps, range hood, metal ducting, electrical cable, roofing tar, and nuts.
We have mentioned the tools that you may need for the installation of the range hood vent so make sure that you get everything in one place so that you don’t have to find it when you actually start the process of the installation. Make sure that everything is ready and good to go.
Before we start looking at the process of the installation, you need to know that if you are a beginner then you may require more than hours to get this job and if you are quite skilled then you will be able to get it installed within less time.
Step 1: removal of the parts of the range hood vent
Once you get hold of the range hood vent, you need to remove the parts so that you can easily install it and then you can fix the parts the later. The parts that you will remove will include the fan and the filter of the range hood vent.
Step 2: Ensuring that the top of the range hood is open
Before you take any measurements, you need to make sure that the top part of the range hood must be open so that you can start the installation process. These little things, if missed out can cause a lot of the problem so make sure that you don’t miss out any step.
Step 3: Make markings on the ceiling
Now comes the most important part, the placing of the range hood vent is dependent on this step. If you want to have the vent on the exact place where you want to it then you need to make accurate markings. You can take measurements with a tape measure and then mark the ceiling with the help of a marker. Also, you can put the range hood vent up to the ceiling just to see where you want to place it.
Step 4: Drilling of the holes through an electrical drill machine
Once you have prepared yourself to install the range vent hood after marking the ceiling and making outlines, you are ready to drill holes according to the outlines or markings that you have created. Use a drill machine to drill holes on the required places so that you can fix the range hood vent.
You also need to drill a hole for the electric cable to pass through the ceiling board. There are two very important things that you need to keep in mind regarding this step. You need to make sure that the holes are aligned and at the perfect spots. If you mess up this step then you will not be able to install the range hood vent properly.
Step 5: Creating a hole in the roof
Once you have drilled holes on the corners or outlines, you are ready to create a hole that will allow the range hood vent to reach the outside of the ceiling. Usually, this step is considered the most difficult because it might not be very easy for a beginner. However, with little care and accuracy, the hole can be created. For different roofs, different tools may be used because of the different materials. So, a single tool cannot be specified for this purpose.
Step 6: Rejoining the parts of the hood that were removed initially
Initially, the parts inside the range hood vent were removed so that measurements can be taken easily, now you need to put all the parts back so that you can easily install the range hood vent. A slightly tricky part in this step is that you need to keep a hold on the cable clamp.
You might need help for this, you can ask for a hand from a friend or a family member. At this step, you are fully ready to go to the final installation of the vent.
Step 7: Installation of the range vent hood
You did all the effort to get to this step where you can install the range hood vent. First, you need to duct the joints of the hood in place and this should be strong. Once you have done that, you can fit the vent to its place.
At this step, you need to ensure a few things, one, you need to make sure that the vent is in place to prevent leakage, second, you need to make sure that no parts of the vent are falling out of their place. Also, the damper should be working freely at all times.
Step 8: Sealing of the vent
When you have installed the vent, you need to make sure that it is secure and everything is in place. You need to use the roofing tar to seal the different parts of the vent to make it secure. There are certain joints between the flashing and the duct, you need to seal them with roofing tar.
The ducting passes through the ceiling also need to be sealed. Creating a hole through the roof is tricky but some people also find this step very tricky as well. But if you are being careful and you are putting effort then you will certainly be able to get this step done along with the others as well.
Installation of the vent depends upon your skill level, similarly, if you are skilled then this step will be easy for you. However, you might face some difficulty if your skill level is less.
Step 9: Completion of the process
After putting everything in place, you need to complete the process. If your kitchen had a fan unit installed then you need to put it back to its place. You also need to make sure that its wires are reconnected properly.
At this point, you need to check the connections that you have made. After securing everything in place and checking positions and places of all the parts of the vent, you are ready to turn it on.
With the range hood vent installed, you will be able to get rid of the smoke, grease, and odors from your kitchen.
Step 10: Clean up
You are technically done with the installation of the vent but the final step is the cleanup. You need to clean the mess that might have been created while installing the vent. The purpose of adding this step separately was to provide you with a quick tip that you need to clean the tools that you have and then place them in the places where they are stored.
This step is important because your tools are an investment of yours, if they are not taken care of then it is certain then they will not last a very long time. Some tools are weatherproof and then there are some tools which are not. To ensure cleanliness and durability make sure that you clean up the mess and keep your tools clean and safe.
Ventilation in the kitchen is very necessary to make sure that there is a comfortable environment and fresh air. Lack of fresh air can cause the environment to feel uncomfortable and smoke is dangerous for the health of people.
Installation of the range hood vent can save you from an uncomfortable environment and will provide your kitchen space with fresh air. If you install the vent yourself, you will be able to do something productive and you will be able to save a lot of money.
Any professional may ask quite a lot of money for the installation of the vent so instead of depending upon them, you can get the job done by yourself with the help of a friend or a family member.
Some steps of the installation of the vent hood might be tricky but you can still get it done while keeping the above-mentioned steps in mind. We hope that this article will help you out with the range hood installation.