A fan is an essential part of your range hood. If yours isn’t working properly, the motor may be to blame. Equipped with some basic supplies, replacing a range hood fan motor is something you can do on your own in about 15 to 30 minutes. Here’s what you’ll need for this beginner’s-level DIY project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Socket Wrench
- Non-contact Tester
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Range Hood Motor
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
Diagnose problem. Start by ruling out all potential problems. If both the fan and light aren’t working, chances are your hood’s motor is not the problem. Start by checking to see if the circuit breaker connected to the fan in your home’s electrical panel is tripped and reset if necessary. This should fix the problem.
If the light works, but the fan doesn’t, you may need to replace the switch. Test it by removing the cover plate and checking the wires with a non-contact circuit tester. If the switch is dead, you’ll need to install a new one.
If the fan’s motor hums but doesn’t work when you turn it on, it’s time to replace it.
Turn off power. Start by switching off the circuit breaker connected to the fan in your main service panel.
Remove filter. Your range hood will have one or two grease filters. Pull them off, then remove the retaining clip holding the fan blade to the motor shaft.
Disconnect wiring. Disconnect the motor wires by pulling off the wire connectors.
Install new motor. Connect the wires and put the new motor in place over the bracket, and secure the mounting nuts. Reinstall the grease filters. Turn the power back on to your fan and check to confirm it works.
Your installation is complete!
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