How to Install a Non-Vented Range Hood

A nice silver non-vented range hood.
A nice silver non-vented range hood. (Image: Michael Straessle)

Non-vented range hoods are a snap to install. There are no vent pipes to worry about, which leaves more space above the range for storage. Check city codes in your area before attempting this project to be certain they don't require an electrician to install the non-vented range hood.

Things You'll Need

  • Variable speed drill
  • ¾-inch paddle bit
  • Philips head screw tip
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire nuts
  • Electrical tape

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Turn the breaker controlling the electricity to the range hood off. If this is a first-time installation with the wire coming from inside the cabinet, drill a hole with a ¾-inch paddle bit through the bottom shelf of the range hood cabinet.

Mark the bottom of the cabinet according to the range hood manufacturer's instructions. Install screws in the bottom shelf of the range hood cabinet on the marks with the variable speed drill and the Philips head screw tip, but don't drive them all the way in yet.

Align the electrical wire with the hole in the range hood and pull it through. Align the mounting holes with the screws installed in Step 2 and secure the range hood to the bottom of the cabinet.

Inspect all the wires that need to be connected to be certain that at least ½-inch of the insulation is stripped away. If it is not, strip them with the wire strippers.

Insert the bare ends of the same color wires into a wire nut and twist the nut until it is securely on the wires. Connect white to white and red to red. Wrap the end of the wires in electrical tape, push them into the junction box on the range hood and secure the cover to the junction box.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be certain not to let the installation screws go through the bottom shelf of the cabinet.
  • Make certain to install the filter screen properly.
  • Do not leave power tools unattended in the presence of children.
  • Do not work with live electricity.
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