How to Replace a Range Hood in Your Kitchen

Danny and helper installing range hood.

Replacing an old range hood with a sleek new model is a fairly easy DIY project that can improve the look and functionality of your kitchen. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Turn the power off at the circuit breaker to the existing range hood.
  2. Remove the filter and cover plate.
  3. Disconnect the electrical wires.
  4. Take out the screws or nails holding the range hood in place.
  5. Remove the existing range hood from the cabinet or wall.
  6. Configure the new hood to either vent outside or filter and recirculate the air.
  7. Position the new range hood in place, snaking the electrical wires through the top of the unit.
  8. Secure the range hood to the opening using screws.
  9. Connect the electrical wires to the range hood.
  10. Install the cover plate, filter, and light bulbs.
  11. Turn the circuit breaker to the range hood back on.
  12. Test the range hood and lights to make sure they’re working properly.

Watch this video to find out more.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I want to tile my counter tops like my dad did in our home but it seems very daunting should I do it myself or have it done and should I do it over the existing counter top that I have?

  2. Hi Danny,
    Love your show!! We talked a few months back and you advised me on how to keep moss from growing on my driveway!! So thankful for your recommendation.
    Now I’m replacing an old GE range hood. New hood’s wiring connection is on the right side [facing hood when installed] and the current house wiring will not reach the new hood wiring connection. Old hood was connected on the left side [facing hood on left]
    I talked to [2] electricians and it will cost $400-$500 to bring new wiring to connect. What do you advise?
    I will buy another hood, if I can find one. I’m searching for a range hood that has the connection on the left side. So far haven’t found any brand or model that has the electrical wiring on the left, but all have it on the right.

    Many thanks for your advice and referral.

    Carol Padgett

    • Hi, Yesha,
      To understand whether this would be in your best interest, first, we’d have to ask, why do you want to change a longe range hood filter into two small ones?

  3. I want to remove a Kenmore 223.5238510 rangehood with a Broan range hood. The Kenmore range hood is old and has a completely different wiring system. First, I need help to remove the old Kenmore range hood. Second, will I need to change the outlet?

    • Hi, Wayne,
      Great question! We have forwarded it to the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show’s producer.
      He will contact you soon to discuss featuring it during an upcoming show.
      Take care!

      • I’m having a problem with changing an exiting range hood in my kitchen. My exhaust fan and cover plate opening is on the left side of the hood. It’s an older 36in fan. I don’t know brand because I just recently purchased home. Every fan I look at has vent hole in the middle of the fan. Year ago did you have a choice where the exhaust vent was?
        I want to replace it and have it ducted outside. I had a new roof put on and had vent put in to do this. Now need to know if there is a way this can be done? Are there any manufacturers that are reasonably priced if they do have this option? I don’t want to ruin my cabinets above my stove. It’s a1960 small ranch home so I’am looking to do as much as I can myself.
        I appreciate your time and hope to hear from you soon.

        • Hi, Judi!
          We’re always looking for homeowners to call into our radio show and ask questions directly to Danny and Joe.
          We’ve reviewed your question and shared it with our radio producer.
          Need immediate help? Connect one-on-one with a home improvement pro immediately through JustAnswer, a Today’s Homeowner partner: http://justanswer.9pctbx.net/c/2342074/565926/9320
          Take care. 🙂

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