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How to Wire a Range Hood Exhaust Fan

Installing Wiring for a Range Hood Exhaust Fan: Wiring from an Existing Power Source or Outlet, I am wiring a hood exhaust fan over the kitchen range cook top.

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Wiring a Hood Exhaust Fan

Electrical Question: I am wiring a hood exhaust fan over the kitchen range cook top.

Can you please help. Thank you.

This home electrical question came from: Rosa, in Massachusetts.

Additional Comments: Its great and very helpful.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Rosa .

How to Install Wiring for a Range Hood Exhaust Fan

A lighted exhaust fan over the cooking stove or free standing range is a great way to add light to the cooking area and help control the spread of cooking odors and grease through the home, and this would be a great weekend project.

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Application: Wiring a Range Hood Exhaust Fan.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. This electrical project is best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools,  access to the power source for the new hood fan. This would be a great weekend project.
Precaution: Identify the existing power source circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing electrical wiring for additional outlets should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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8 Responses to “How to Wire a Range Hood Exhaust Fan”
  1. tom says:

    Can I hook a under the cabinet hood fan to a outlet in the same area with out going int a attic?
    Thank you.

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Tom,
    That would depend on how far away the outlet is. If the outlet is close by and in the same stud bay of the interior all framing then a wire can be fished up to the location of the hood fan. However, before you do this, you should check to see if you have a 120 volt receptacle outlet behind the range or stove, and if so just fish a wire up from that outlet to the hood exhaust fan. This is the typical method we use to provide power for the exhaust fan.
    I hope this helps,

  3. Dean says:

    How do I Wire a Lighted Range Hood Exhaust Fan?
    All I need to do is wire a light and a fan to a Multi-Speed switch.
    When I turn the switch on only the light will come on. When I turn it again only the fan will come on, and when I turn it all the way both the fan and light will come on.

  4. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Dean,
    If there is only one switch for the range fan that you have then you may have the switch wired right, however there may only be one speed for the exhaust fan. Check the specifications and literature that is supplied with the exhaust fan which will explain the switch functions. The switches of a range exhaust fans are typically pre-wired, the only connections are with the black, white and ground wire.
    I hope this helps,

  5. F D Ward says:

    I took the range hood fan down to paint. After putting it back up the fan or light will not work. I am pretty sure the wiring is correct. I took pics so I would be sure to get it back right, and wired the black to black, white to white, and then connected the ground wire. Could the switches have gone bad while painting? It doesn’t sound logical.

  6. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi F D,
    Your right, the switches on the hood fan should not have gone bad. However check any GFCI outlets in the area to see if one of them may have tripped off. Also check for a tripped circuit breaker at the panel.
    Thanks for sharing your hood fan question with us, I hope this helps.

  7. Doug says:

    I have run a 110 wire through the wall to an existing wall socket for power to a stove exhaust fan and light. There are only two wires to this plug. Where do I connect the new wires for the fan and light to to get power?


  8. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Doug,
    When providing power to a kitchen for a 120volt stove outlet and exhaust fan the power can be provided from an existing kitchen circuit, or a new circuit is installed. If you are attempting to connect these devices to a circuit outside of the kitchen area then that would be a violation of the NEC electrical code. If the home is older and the circuits in the kitchen area are not grounded then it would be a good time to consider upgrading the electrical wiring and perhaps evaluate the home electrical system for potential improvements.
    Be Safe,