How To Install a Vent Hood

Step 1: How to Install a Vent Hood

The first step to install a vent hood is by measuring the space of where you plan on placing the vent hood. You will want the bottom of your vent hood insert to be at least 28″-36″ above your cooktop surface.

Step 2: How to Install a Vent Hood

Cut a 6″ hole through the surface of the wall. Make sure you are placing the hole directly centered above the stove top. Collect dust with a vacuum while cutting to avoid additional messes.

Step 3: How to Install a Vent Hood

Next, use a 1/4 inch diameter bit and drill through the backside of the wall to the outside.

Step 4: How to Install a Vent Hood

From the outside, use a 6 inch hole saw to cut through any other outdoor coverings.

Step 5: How to Install a Vent Hood

Make a mounting plate by cutting a 6-inch-diameter hole through a piece of PVC trim.

Step 6: How to Install a Vent Hood

Now place the PVC mounting plate you just made on the side of the house and trace around it with a pencil.

Step 7: How to Install a Vent Hood

Now use a tool such as an angle grinder to cut the siding along the pencil line tracing.

Step 8: How to Install a Vent Hood

Where you recently cut, apply silicone adhesive around the hole in wall. Then push the PVC mounting plate that you made tight to the wall. Secure  this in place with screws.

Step 9: How to Install a Vent Hood

Use or duct tape or any HVAC tape to attach and seal a six inch diameter elbow piece to the vent cap. You will use this same tape to seal all other joints in the vent system.

Step 9: How to Install a Vent Hood

Now, from the outside, slide the vent cap into the hole. Secure it to the mounting plate with self-tapping screws.

Step 10: How to Install a Vent Hood

Now go back inside the kitchen. Slide an elbow through the hole and onto the vent cap elbow. Make sure to secure this with duct tape or HVAC tape.

Step 11: How to Install a Vent Hood

After measuring correctly and leaving 28″ to 36″ from your cooktop, screw the vent hood mounting brackets securely to the kitchen wall. Make sure that each of the  screws are fastened all the way into the wall studs.

Step 12: How to Install a Vent Hood

Slide the vent hood into the mounting brackets. Again, make sure to secure each screw all the way into the wall studs.

Step 13: How to Install a Vent Hood

Finally, make the proper electrical connections to power your vent hood on and off.  You can use this helpful guide on How to Wire a Vent Hood for directions on how to best do this.

After completing the electrical work, you should have completed the installation of your new vent hood. Congratulations, you didn’t even need to hire a handy man!

Final Tips For Proper Vent Hood Installation

  • Step back and take a good look at your vent hood installation job. Check to make sure that your vent hood is functioning correctly, and that it is placed centered and straight.
  • Go back to the outside and check for any exposed ductwork. Make sure to use a vertical cover to place over any ductwork that is not covered.
  • Ask someone to help you with heavy lifting when placing the range hood.
  • If you have unique venting requirements make sure to talk to a professional to ask for advice before mounting your range hood.

We hope this information helped you better understand how to install a vent hood. At Proline Range Hoods, we try to make all of our range hoods and vent hoods super easy to install with the blower and fan already placed and ready to go. We have also provided many videos on how to install range hoods and provided many installation guides on our website. Make sure to check out our Proper Requirements for Venting Your Range Hood Guide for more information and helpful tips on proper venting.