How to Remove a Range Hood Exhaust Fan


Your range hood uses a fan to move smoke and hot air to the outside of the home. When the fan does not seem to be operating correctly, you may need to clean or replace it. The fan and fan motor are a one-piece assembly. Removing a range hood exhaust fan is much like removing the fan from your bathroom exhaust. The fan is not hard-wired into the hood, but uses a simple plug. This enables you to quickly clean or replace the fan without shutting off the power to the unit.

Things You'll Need

  • Nut driver
  • Turn off the fan motor at the switch on the fan hood or the wall.

  • Remove the metal grease filter under the range hood that covers the fan housing. The metal filter usually pulls right off the frame of the housing. Some filters have clips on the side that you press in to remove the filter.

  • Turn the fan blades by hand until you see the electrical plug, a flat plastic piece that plugs into the side of the housing. Pull the plug away from the connection with your fingers.

  • Remove the hex-head screws securing the fan assembly to the housing, using a nut driver. There usually are two to four screws holding the assembly. Pull the range hood exhaust fan assembly away from the hood.

Tips & Warnings

  • If replacing the fan, take the old one with you when purchasing the replacement. You want a fan that has the same amperage and is the same diameter as your current fan assembly.
  • If your fan happens to be hard-wired into your home's electrical system, turn off the circuit breaker to the range hood before making any repairs or replacements.

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