Range Hood Installation Cost


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

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The kitchen range hood is responsible for capturing any food odor and/or grease that may fly around while prepping a meal.

If you’re in the market for either a new range hood install or are thinking about replacing it, let’s take a look at what it is going to cost to install one.

Range Hood Installation Cost
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The average range hood vent installation costs

The cost to install a new range hood will depend on a few factors, including the contractor you hire, how far the vent needs to run, the area it is running through (how complex is the area?), your geographical location and the overall complexity of the setup.  On average, a brand new vent hood, not replacing an older one, a direct connection, without any obstacles, can cost anywhere from $150 to $250 in labor, whereas a more complex install, which involves going through a back wall, into the upper cabinets and/or sideways through an outside wall, for example, could increase the costs by as much as $350 to $500.  In the end, for just the labor, be prepared to spend about $200 to $500.  This price will not include the necessary range hood supplies.

Vent HoodThe average cost of a 350 CFM, middle-of-road range hood, internal or ducted exhuast. This will not include the 120V electrical connection that is required at the install site.$200-$500
LaborAs explained below, this will depend on the complexity of the install. This should include measuring, mounting hardware and secured setup. Everything from prepping to cleanup should be included.$200-$400
Misc. SuppliesAdditional supplies may be required, which can add to the price. This could include connectors mounting hardware and/or fittings, for example.Add $10-$25
Removal of Old HoodDisposing and removing the old vent hood if in area.Add $20-$35

As all jobs are so unique, we recommend using the free tool, HomeAdvisor.com.  Here, you can simply explain your job and with this information, contractors will contact you with free, no-obligation quotes in your area.

According to Proline Range Hoods, they note this is a question that is often asked, and according to their guide, they recommend that homeowners plan on budgeting anywhere from $200 to $500 depending on the overall complexity and the entire install.  Like we mentioned, this estimate will only apply to the labor only, not the materials.  On average, included in the estimate, will often be the $85 per hour, plus the trip fee, and another $50 to $75 to install the new vent or range hood.

HomeAdvisor.com recommends budgeting $166 to $284, depending on the complexity of the job.

Quotes sourced from the Internet
Someone paid $400 to have a contractor install a stainless kitchen hood above the sink.
Someone paid $770 for both labor and materials. They noted the entire job took seven hours with two workers and the process entailed cutting a hole in the bottom of a cabinet, creating a 90-degree angle and running it five feet through the wall to the outside.
A member on TheKitchn.com paid $600 for an over the stove microwave.
Another member on TheKitchn.com paid $90 for the installation when he converted from an electric to a gas range.

Breaking down the costs

Type of InstallAmount of Time?
Undercabinet Range HoodTypically takes anywhere from 90 to 180 minutes and will greatly depend on the size and the number of supports required.

A typical 30-inch under cabinet range hood with a 900cfm and single 8-inch blower will take about 90 minutes and is often straightforward; however, higher performance-based kitchens may require a wall installl and/or a larger chimney cover which will extend to the ceiling, increasing the time involved.
Wall Mounted Range HoodA typical wall mounted range, which fits a typical 8-9-inch ceiling can take anywhere from 90 to 180 minutes and are considered to be the easiest to install.
Island Range HoodThese are considered to be the most difficult in terms to install and can take even the most experienced contractor more than three hours to install. Depending on the setup, most contractors will need a partner to help lift, mount and secure the new vent hood.

Tips to know

If you plan on venting through an outside wall, contractors will always want to make sure this vent isn’t installed beneath an eave opening that runs into the attic due to the cooking moisture/oils making it way into the attic, which may cause mold and/or an infestation problem as they do love cooking oil deposits.

If the vent is running through the attic, then make sure the vent, when installed by the contractor, actually goes through the roof and doesn’t stop in the attic space.  This tip, provided by LCD on Angie’s List, was recommended due to the fact that if the vent stopped in the vent, it could once again, lead to moisture and/or pest problems.

For those who live in a colder climate, always make sure the ductwork through the attic is insulated to prevent the moisture from condensing in the ductwork.  If this happens, then the moisture can make it way back to the fan inside the kitchen and ultimately on the stove.

Once installed, BobVila.com highly recommends sticking to a strict maintenance schedule.  This means washing the exhaust fan filter at least once a month, especially if you cook a lot, and using a special degrease cleaner to avoid the buildup of grease on the underside of the hood.  Failing to do so can often clog the holes inside of the filter, ultimately minimizing the efficiency of your vents.

The standard size of a range hood is 30 inches and is designed to match the standard size of most ranges; however, wider wall-mounted and suspended island-based models are available for custom kitchen designs.  Before purchasing a range hood, always make sure you make the appropriate measurements before buying.

Ductless vs. ducted model

A ductless model will not vent to the outside of your home; instead, this range will draw the air in and circulate it through its charcoal filter, which is a filter designed to trap grease and odors.  A ducted range hood, on the other hand, does the opposite as this type of hood will draw in the air and disperse it outside via a wall vent or up your walls through the roof.   Ducted models, on average, can cost about three to five times more than a ductless model on average.


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