By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Whether you're a gourmet enthusiast or an ordinary cook, a vented range hood makes preparing food more pleasant and the kitchen more appealing. The hood is designed to remove the grease, steam, smoke and odors of cooking, keeping walls and surfaces from becoming greasy and making the kitchen a healthy and attractive place to be.
The array of range hoods has never been greater, from the utilitarian unit over a typical electric range to the custom design statement towering over a professional gas stove. A hood consists of a canopy, a blower system and ducting. It is typically installed under a cabinet, or mounted on the wall or over an island range. Some have a built-in light to illuminate stovetop work and others feature a night light.
An electrician will replace an old range hood with a new moderately priced unit for $529, assuming the existing duct work is intact and can be used (it may require cleaning) and a new power line isn't needed.This includes the labor and material. It will cost more if additional work is required. If you have some electrical experience you can replace an old range hood with the new unit for $385, the cost of the hood. The job involves disconnecting and removing the old range hood and noticing how it was installed. In most cases the new unit will be connected the reverse of how the old one came out. But it can get complicated if the existing unit is old and the new one doesn't line up.
A ductless stove vent is not as effective as a vented range hood because it’s designed to control odors primarily. For the best results, check its filter and replace it when it fills up with grease and dirt so it can work effectively.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020