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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.
Wiring a Hood Exhaust Fan
- One of my apartments needs a fan that goes over the stove, it’s a simply fan with light.
- Can I run a electrical wire from a nearby outlet through and in between the wall and to the fan, or do I have to run the electrical wire from the circuit breaker in the basement all the way up to the third floor apartment on the left.
- I am just trying to do it right by the housing code and safe.
Can you please help. Thank you.
This home electrical question came from: Rosa, in Newbedford, Massachusetts.
Additional Comments: Its great and very helpful.
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.
Application: Wiring a Range Hood Exhaust Fan.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best installed by a Licensed 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.
Wiring a Range Exhaust Fan From an Existing Power Source or Outlet
- Most conventional hood exhaust fans require 120 volts electrical power and they do not draw a lot of amperage therefore an exhaust fan with a light does not require it’s own circuit, so yes, a wire may be attached to one of the existing wall outlets.
- Be sure to match the new electrical wiring to the existing wiring of the source you choose as the power source.
- Typically a good power source would be a 120 volt receptacle outlet behind the range or a nearby counter top outlet.
- The new cable for the exhaust fan may be directly routed into the junction box location of the fan unit or brought into a junction box inside the upper cabinet above the range or cook top stove where the hood fan will be installed.
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