How to Decide If You Should Hardwire Your Range Hood – Canada



How to Decide If You Should Hardwire Your Range Hood

Just purchased a new range hood? You might be wondering whether to hardwire it or whether plugging it into an outlet directly is sufficient. Let’s explore which is best for your range hood type and needs.

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What to consider before wiring a range hood

Essential Things to Consider Before You Hardwire Your Range Hood

1. Type of Range Hood

Check out the type of plug your range hood has. If it came with a three-pronged plug, it does not need to be hardwired. Simply plug it into a wall outlet, and use an extension cord if necessary. If the hood did not come with a three-pronged plug or if it came with a cut plug, hardwiring is necessary.

2. Kitchen Layout

Next, consider how close your range hood will be to available power sources. If a wall outlet is located closeby, using a plug might be more practical. However, if the hood is in an area where a plug is not easily accessible, hardwiring may be a better option.

3. Professional Installation

Hardwiring typically requires professional installation, so factor in the cost and expertise needed. If you're comfortable with DIY projects, you might be able to do it yourself. When in doubt, consult a professional.

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The Pros of Hardwiring Your Range Hood

Thinking hardwiring is the way to go? Here are some of the pros of doing so:

  • Sleek Aesthetics: Hardwiring eliminates visible cords and plugs, for a cleaner and more streamlined look in your kitchen.
  • Permanent Connection: Once hardwired, your range hood is a permanent fixture, reducing the risk of accidental disconnection.
  • Compliance with Building Codes: Some local building codes may require hardwiring for safety reasons.
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The Cons of Hardwiring Your Range Hood

On the other hand, there are a few cons to keep in mind as you make your decision:

  • Installation Complexity: Hardwiring can be more complex and may require professional assistance. So, you may be looking at a more expensive installation cost.
  • Limited Mobility: A hardwired range hood is fixed in place. In other words, it’s less mobile than a range hood with a plug that can be easily relocated.
  • Potential for Electrical Work: If your kitchen lacks the necessary wiring, installing a hardwired connection may involve additional electrical work.

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