How to Install a Range Hood Wall Vent

How to Install a Range Hood Wall Vent! A range hood vent does have its advantages! Not only does it add some style or design to the kitchen but also helps get rid of the smoke, smell, and heat. The range hood vent is sort of like an exhaust fan that also provides air ventilation. Thus, if you don’t already have one in your kitchen, what are you waiting for? The benefits are great!

Installing a range hood vent might seem like a hassle but it’s actually an It Yourself job. That’s right! With the right tools and guidance, you can install the range hood vent on your own. There are two ways to install a range hood; through the wall or the ceiling. Hence, this article would provide you with the easiest step-by-step procedure for installing a range hood vent by covering both of these aspects.

How to Install a Range Hood Wall Vent

How to Install a Range Hood Wall Vent

Methods Involved in Installing a Range Hood Vent through the Wall

What you’ll need:

  • Flathead Screws
  • Clear Roofing Gear Exterior Caulks
  • Accordion Ductwork
  • A Vent and Mounting Box

Step 1: Turn Off the Power

Turn Off the Power

As you’ll be dealing with wires; turn off the main electricity power of the kitchen from the Circuit Breaker. To be extra cautious, we suggest you wear safety gloves and dry your hands so they aren’t wet.

Step 2: Select the Type of Rangehood Vent you Wish to Install

Vented Hoods

Vented Hoods

Always go for a vented range hood. They are costly but are more efficient in terms of getting rid of unwanted smells. They trap all the heat and grease and require less cleaning than other range hoods.

Recirculated Hoods

Recirculated Hoods

Even though these Hoods are difficult to clean but they are relatively cheaper. They filter all the heat and odor from the whole house and allow proper ventilation to take place.

Step 3: Select the Wall

Select the Wall

Determine where you would like to install the range hood. We suggest that you choose a place that has a plug nearby and has sufficient power being supplied to it so it can support high voltage appliances.

Step 4: Remove the Old Rangehood

Remove the Old Rangehood

In case you’re replacing the old range hood with a new one, unscrew it and detach it from the wall. This would make the next steps easier as you won’t have to worry about making a hole in the wall.

Step 5: Getting Started

Make a hole in the wall where you’ll have to attach the duct for the range hood. You would want to cut interior holes.

Step 6: Fix the Venting Unit

Take the flathead Screws and fix the Venting around the mounting box edges. We suggest that you get a vinyl mounting box that is 12×18 inches wide. When attaching the screws, make sure that they are 3 inches apart.

Step 7: Cut the Sides and Attach the Ducting

First, trim the extra vent flange so the mounting box can fit perfectly through. Now apply the clear rood graded caulk so that the mounting box can fix properly. Attach the range hood to your ductwork.

Step 8: Connect the Wires

Separate the wires and attach them to the range hood. Turn on the electricity power and check if the range hood which you have installed is working properly.

Well, that was all on installing a range hood vent through the wall. Let’s move on to the ceiling!

Installing a Range Hood Vent Through the Ceiling

What You’ll Need:

  • Nails
  • Drill
  • Caulk Gun
  • Cement
  • Jigsaw
  • Roof Cement
  • Pry Bar
  • Blade

Step 1: Drill a Hole

Cut off the main kitchen electricity power.

After you have chosen the place where you want to place the range hood vent; drill a hole through the ceiling. Make sure it goes all the way.

When drilling the hole, take caution that you would be fixing the vent at least 5 inches away from a chimney, toilet vent, or any other exhaust fan that you might have at home.

Step 2: Time to Use a Jigsaw

After making a hole, cut it out using a Jigsaw.

Step 3: Cut Out the Shape of the Vent

Depending on the shape of the vent; it would be square or circle, cut out the vent shape, and make it larger than the vent hole.

Using a blade, also take out the shingles.

Step 4: Fixing the Vent

Using a hooked blade, adjust the shingles around the vent hole in a manner that the vent can go under it. Apply the Cement under the vent and slide it under the shingles. While adjusting the vent, but the lower part of the shingles.

Step 5: Final Touches

Now use roofing nails to fix the flange edges to the corners. Check to see if the range hood is working.

Installing a Rangehood Vent All by Yourself

We have covered all the general aspects of installing a range hood vent; we can work on a dual knowledge through both the ceiling and the wall. In some locations, the details might be hard to take, but that’s no reason to look down on it since it’ll only take at least some time and energy that can be easily spared! We advise you to ask somebody who is trustworthy for assistance if you feel like it is beyond your current capability to carry out the task. Finally, if you consider that the setup of the range hood vent is too technical and complicated, then your best option will be to hire an expert!


In conclusion, follow the steps above to install your range hood wall vent and enjoy improved ventilation in your kitchen. With a little time and effort, you can improve the function and appearance of your kitchen without spending a lot of money.
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