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How to Find a Contractor to Install a Range Hood

Do you want to install a range hood with ease and safely? it is best to find the right contractor to do the job. Read on to learn more!

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Range hoods can be a great addition to any home, helping reduce the amount of dust, fumes, and other harmful particles released into the atmosphere. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the right one for your needs. But how do you choose the right contractor to install your range hood?

This article will teach you what a range hood is, how to find a contractor, and its benefits to ensure that your kitchen is safe.

Image of a big kitchen and dining area with white paint. Source: pixabay
Image of a big kitchen and dining area with white paint. Source: Pixabay

If you’re looking for a contractor to install a range hood, your best bet may be to search online. Several online resources list contractors who specialize in range hood installation. You can also contact your local building and home maintenance professionals to inquire about their experience installing range hoods.

What is a range hood

A range hood is a kitchen appliance that cleans and sterilizes the air in the kitchen. It comprises a fan and filters that catch microscopic particles in the air like smoke, dust, and culinary aromas. The particles are then blown towards the back of the hood by the fan, where they are captured by the filters and released into the outside air.

How much does it cost to install a range hood

This is a difficult issue because the cost of range hood installation varies greatly depending on the type of range hood you choose, the size and configuration of your kitchen, and the level of expert installation necessary. That being stated, here are some ballpark figures to get you started:

1. Depending on the specifics, a typical kitchen range hood installation can cost between $200 and $600.

2. More complicated or high-end range hood installations can cost up to $1,000 or more.

3. If you intend to conduct the installation yourself, be prepared to spend more money on equipment and supplies (such as duct tape!).

These figures, however, should serve as a starting point for evaluating the cost of installing a new range hood in your kitchen.

What are the benefits of hiring a contractor to install your range hood (advantages)

Upgrading to a high-quality range hood can be an easy way to enhance your experience in the kitchen. 

Hiring a contractor to install your range hood has numerous advantages. They will not only be able to install your range hood swiftly and efficiently, but they will also be able to handle any future repairs that may be required. Here are some of the primary advantages of employing a contractor:

Easy installation

A contractor can install your range hood swiftly and easily, with minimal difficulty or fuss. This will save you time and money and ensure that your range hood is properly installed the first time.

Expertise and experience

Contractors are often well-trained in range hood installation and maintenance, which means they will be able to safely and correctly install your range hood. They will also be able to advise you on how to operate your range hood to save you time and money in the long term.

Fixed cost

Unlike many other DIY tasks, installing a range hood on your own may be costly and time-consuming. You may avoid these headaches by hiring a contractor to install your range hood swiftly and economically.

Image of a small kitchen. Source: pixabay
Image of a small kitchen. Source: pixabay

How to Find a Contractor to Install a Range Hood

Below are some tips you can follow to find the right contractor to install your range hood.

1. Ask your friends and family for recommendations.

Of course, you may accomplish this with a simple phone call or text message. However, you may now use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms to solicit suggestions. Just make sure to ask a lot of open-ended and specific questions. Here are a couple of examples:

  • What did you think of the experience?
  • Was the job completed on time?
  • Were there any roadblocks along the way?
  • What would you do differently now?
  • Was the contractor inside your price range?
  • Were they simple to collaborate with?
  • Were you hit with any unexpected charges?

You can also get recommendations from the company where you bought your hood.

2. Use HomeAdvisor, Angi, or Thumbtack.

Various online tools can assist you in locating a contractor to install a range hood. HomeAdvisor, Thumbtack, and Angi (previously Angie’s List) are three of the most popular. You can test them out and offer thoughts on which one is the most user-friendly.

3. Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website.

Not every business is included here, but if it has a strong BBB rating, it’s a good sign that it can be trusted.

Search online for BBB ratings and reviews to find a contractor to install a range hood. Look for businesses with good ratings that have experience in installing ranges.

4. Check the company’s website, Google, and Yelp for additional reviews.

You can find reviews to help you decide on Thumbtack, the company’s website, Google, and Yelp. Keep a watch out for negative feedback or complaints.  Someone who has worked with this contractor may be more likely to recommend them. It may be worth calling the contractor’s office before you hire them to ask if they have any references.

5. Based on reviews and feedback, we narrowed the list of candidates to 3-5.

You can pretty much determine from reviews if they do professional work, if they are fairly accommodating in scheduling, and if the price is reasonable.

6. A quick call with each candidate.

This step may appear time-consuming, but it does not have to be. Contractors can be contacted directly through Thumbtack and HomeAdvisor.

Talking to them will give you a decent notion of whether your personalities would mesh well. First, ask them the questions that will immediately remove them. So, there are concerns concerning availability, pricing, and their contract.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Have you ever installed a hood before?
  • How much does it cost to install a range hood?
  • Do you have a permit to work in my city?
  • Do you have any references I may call?
  • When can you begin?
  • How long have you been working as a contractor?
  • Do you have workers’ comp insurance?
  • Can you install a hardwired range hood? (If preferred)

The final question may or may not apply to you. Some contractors may be able to install hoods but cannot connect them to power. The majority of hoods use a three-pronged plug. However, if you need the hood hardwired, ask the contractor whether they can install it for you.

7. Ask about credentials and licenses.

You should also inquire about licenses throughout the interview. This is critical to ensuring you receive quality service from a trustworthy contractor.

Your best bet is to hire a licensed contractor. Unlicensed contractors are unlikely to have worker’s compensation insurance, whereas licensed contractors will. Hiring a contractor that does not have insurance can be dangerous.

Licensed contractors typically produce higher-quality work than unauthorized contractors. Paying more money upfront for a more experienced contractor is worth it. Otherwise, you may spend more money on repairs down the road.

8. Ask about the payment method

Contractors who request payment in cash are usually scams. Make it clear in the contract that the project will be completed professionally and on time. Pay in full only after the hood is installed. This will keep you from wasting money on a poor-quality project. Again, be certain that you are paying the correct amount and that the schedule is correct.

9. Choosing the right contractor for the job

The majority of your work is completed. It’s now up to you to make a decision. You should be able to cut down the list fairly rapidly between reviews and interview questions.

What do contractors need when installing a range hood

Range hoods are a must-have in any kitchen, and you know as a contractor that they’re one of the most popular services you can provide. The following are some of the requirements for a contractor when installing a range hood:

Range hood installation skills

Your contractor should be skilled at installing range hoods, as this is a critical job that requires great precision.

Range hood prior knowledge

A contractor who is familiar with range hoods will be able to install them more swiftly and efficiently, saving you time and money.

Certifications or licenses

All contractors should have range hood installation and repair certifications or licenses. This ensures that your installation is completed properly and by all applicable rules.

Insured and certified

As a range hood installer, your company is at risk if something goes wrong during installation. As a result, all contractors should be adequately insured and accredited for such occasions.

What are the different types of range hoods that your contractor can install in your kitchen

Not all range hoods are created equal. Various range hoods are available to suit your kitchen and cooking style.

Range Hoods, Canopy or Undercabinet

Canopy range hoods are commonly fitted beneath kitchen wall cabinets. Canopy range hoods exhaust smoke and fumes through the wall or ceiling and are simple to install. Some types are recirculating, which makes installation easier and less expensive.

Range Hoods with Chimneys or Island Range Hoods

Chimney range hoods comprise a range hood that sits over a stove or cooktop and has a vertical flue, or chimney, rising from the top. The chimney continues through the kitchen ceiling, attic, and roof.

Chimney range hoods are versatile enough to be installed almost anywhere in the kitchen, including over an island. Chimney hoods are quite noticeable. However, they have their personality, which contributes to the kitchen’s overall design.

Microwave Over-the-Range Hoods (also known as Microhoods)

The phrase “micro hood” refers to an over-the-range microwave range hood. A built-in microwave over the stove or cooktop can also function as a range hood.

Microhoods either exhaust air to the outside or filter and recirculate air inside. Microhoods require at least 16 vertical inches of space between the microwave’s bottom and the stove/cooktop.

Downdrafts

Because smoke rises, placing the range hood above the cooking area makes sense. Regardless of how useful they are, range hoods may be an eyesore.

Downdrafts, built into the cooktop or installed separately, draw smoke and fumes downward rather than upward. Some types rise to eight to ten inches on command for better access to the smoke. Another downdraft type is grilles positioned flat on the cooktop’s surface or range.

Downdrafts are less effective at removing smoke and odors than range hoods. However, many owners are willing to sacrifice this for better kitchen aesthetics.

Inserts for Range Hoods

Inserts for range hoods are the ultimate in custom-designed range hoods. The interior workings of the range hood, including the hood, fan, light, and everything else, excluding the outside hood cover, are referred to as inserts. According to local codes, the outside cover can be made of any material. Even wood is a popular material for hoods.

Range hood inserts can be costly because the insert is only one part of the cost. Other fees include labor and materials for creating the bespoke cover. However, for many homeowners, this is a beneficial investment because it allows the range hood to blend in with the kitchen design.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called “How to install a Vented Range Hood (Where there wasn’t one before)” from the Rainbow Guys DIY YouTube Channel.

A video called “How to install a Vented Range Hood (Where there wasn’t one before)” from the Rainbow Guys DIY YouTube Channel.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about finding contractors to install a range hood.

Is it difficult to install a range hood?

Range hood installation can entail drilling a new vent hole through a wall, which may necessitate new wiring and ductwork, but replacing old ones can be a simpler task.

Is an electrician required to install a range hood?

An electrician may be required to hardwire your range hood, but not to install it. The majority of hoods come with three-pronged plugs. You may need an extension cord, but installation does not require the services of an electrician. For your safety, we recommend you consult an electrician if your hood must be hardwired.

How long does a range hood installation take?

Installing a range hood typically costs $50 to $100 per hour or $85 per hour on average. In addition to their hourly rate, most contractors charge a travel fee. Installation time might range from one to four hours, not including any ductwork or electrical work.

Where should a range hood go?

Most installations necessitate a space of 20″ to 24″ between the bottom of the hood and the cooking surface. Unless otherwise specified, this distance should be between 24″ and 30″ over a gas range.

Is a rangehood required above a stove?

Yes. Cooking generates a lot of fat, moisture, steam, heat, and smoke. These build up in your kitchen over time, creating ugly stains and sticky surfaces on your cabinets, walls, and ceiling.

Conclusion

As you can see, finding the right contractor is not easy. But before you start hiring someone, make sure you follow the tips we have mentioned above so that you get a reliable and trustworthy service.

This article covered the range hood, how to find a contractor, and its benefits. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • A range hood is a kitchen appliance that cleans and sterilizes the air in the kitchen.
  • The cost of range hood installation varies greatly depending on the type of range hood you choose, the size and configuration of your kitchen, and the level of expert installation necessary.
  • Hiring a contractor to install your range hood has numerous advantages.
  • The venting can be tricky, and the ducting system should not cut corners.
  • With the help of a handyman, you can get things done on time and at a reasonable rate.
  • Working with HVAC contractors is important because they have the experience and skills on a job site.

So, do you prefer to hire a contractor for your range hood? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? And what do you think of my list? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks on the range hood. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Author avatar - Roger Harris
Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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