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Mistakes to Avoid When Installing a Range Hood

Appliance Pros and Plumbing, Inc.
Appliance Pros and Plumbing, Inc. August 18th, 2023

The centerpiece of any kitchen is a Range Hood. Not only does it enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen space but is also a Necessity. As simple as it may seem, installing a Range Hood is far from a DIY day project. First you need to know what type of Hood you need, whether you need an Undermount Hood, Wall Mount, or Island Hood. A minor misstep during installation might lead to major issues and costly fixes. In this blog, we’ll uncover the common pitfalls in range hood installation and how to sidestep them effortlessly.

Mistake 1: Incorrect Measurements & Type Of Unit You Need.

First things first—accurate measurements are key. A hood that’s too big or too small is not just an eyesore, but it’s also less effective at ventilating your kitchen. You definitely don’t want that to be you. Sizes range from 30″-48″ in most residential homes. Then you need to know if you need a Wall Mount Hood, Undermount, or Island Hood. At Ap-pros we constantly see customers buying the wrong type of hoods having to return the items and delaying the process of their project. If you need help don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Mistake 2: Skipping Ventilation

The effectiveness of a range hood depends on adequate ventilation. Skipping or mishandling this step can lead to poor air quality and increased fire risk in your kitchen. Although retail stores do sell Vent less systems, it is always a good idea to install a vent pipe if possible to extract all your cooking Fumes.

Mistake 3: Poor Positioning

Location matters. Installing your range hood at the wrong height can result in it being either ineffective or a nuisance every time you cook. Too low can bump your head when cooking, and too high reduces the effectiveness of the Hood.

Mistake 4: Ignoring Local Building Codes

Neglecting to check local building codes is a gamble. Non-compliance can result in fines and, in severe cases, mandatory removal of the installation.

Mistake 5: DIY Installation Without Experience

While going the DIY route can be tempting to save money, without the right skills and tools, you’re risking the functionality and safety of your range hood.

Mistake 6: Not Testing the Unit After Installation

After installation, a comprehensive check of the unit’s functionality is essential. A good trick to check functionality is to grab a paper towel and put it under the hood to see if it sticks to the filter when the hood is running.

Mistake 7: Skipping Regular Maintenance

Maintaining a high level of performance from your range hood calls for periodic servicing. This includes cleaning and changing filters and checking for wear and tear.


Installing a range hood involves more than meets the eye. Each step, from precise measurements to final testing, plays a crucial role in ensuring your new addition operates efficiently and safely. Avoid making these common mistakes in the kitchen to keep it looking and smelling its best. Don’t let these common mistakes derail your kitchen renovation. Put your faith in the professionals to do the job well. Get in touch with us today if you need prompt, expert assistance installing your range hood. Your kitchen deserves the best—let us help you achieve it.