Cost to install a kitchen range hood

Submitted by: herr6328 Silver Spring, MD USA (Wednesday, November 21, 2012)

I need to install a range hood that vents to the outside. Presently my kitchen does not have the hole to the outside how much would it cost me to make the hole and install a range hood.

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price for labor only: $150

Consensus Price for labor only: $225

High Price for labor only: $250

Comments

  1. I have a microwave oven above my stove . I want an outside vent installed because when I cook something that steams, the steam goes up through the microwave vents and straight up onto my new cabinets and I don’t want them to warp.

  2. Like any project, the charge for installing a range hood depends on your specific situation. We just t replaced our over-the-stove microwave with an under cabinet Ventahood. But connecting the range hood to an outside wall took some doing in our case.

    After removing the microwave and its mounting brackets (a quick process), the installation consisted of cutting out a hole in the bottom of the cabinet for the exhaust and cutting a hole in the top of the cabinet to continue the ducting, which made an immediate 90 degree turn and ran 5 feet to a wall.

    Then two carpenters had to carefully cut a 6-inch hole in that wall (precisely entering the back of a storage cabinet in our pantry) and make another immediate 90 degree turn into the exterior wall. They had to carefully cut through the side of the cabinet and finesses the 6″ duct alongside a wall stud, and cut through the exterior wall and mount a wall cap for the exhaust.

    They also glued a stainless backsplash below the hood, but that went fairly quickly.

    Our carpenter and an assistant worked about 7 hours on the job. They charged $770, which included approx $100 in materials ( 5 or 6 feet of 6″ duct, plus two elbows and some metal tape and adhesive).

    I wasn’t completely convinced that it was a two-man job, but what could I say? Maybe one guy could have done the job for $500 or so. They did do quality work at least.

    • It always amazes me when customers will analyze the charges that a good reliable contractor will charge. As contractors we get up in the morning and get in our truck and drive to the job site and meet with the client which is time and gas money. Once we come to an agreed-upon price and make another trip there unpack our tools perform the service in a proficient manner and pay ourselves our helper and all the costs of doing business like insurance, marketing, wear and tear on our tools and vehicles not to mention occasional call backs for minor mistakes that happen from time to time, we are still questioned about the cost being too high. Try that with the local repair shop when you bring your car in. Try that with your doctor. How would you like your salary or hourly wage scrutinized on a daily basis by your boss? Walk in someone else’s shoes before you question the cost of doing business. You don’t have a clue.

      • This comment is amazing. For your sake, I really hope you don’t talk this way to your clients. Literally everyone in the service industry goes through this kind of analysis by their customers. Lawyers, accountants, and absolutely auto repair shops (are you kidding with this one?). It’s part of the business. If you want a set salary or wage that doesn’t get analyzed by anyone, being in the service industry is probably not the right choice for you.

  3. I have a microwave oven above my stove . I want an outside vent installed because when I cook something that steams, the steam and smell comes out into the house up through the microwave vents.

    I need your consultation what type of hood and to have you installed it.

  4. I have Microwave installed with exhaust. It circulates air inside home.

    I want to install a duct to ventilate kitchen air outside home.

    Let me know how much it would cost.

  5. I have a slightly different issue: I have a small range hood vented to the outside wall – with 6″ ductwork. I need a much bigger range hood for the kitchen I hope to have – and it will need 10″ ductwork. I assume the current ductwork goes up and takes a 90 degree turn into/between the floor joists to the exterior wall about 15′ away.
    Can the 6″ ducts be removed and replaced with 10″ ducts (same location) or am I doomed to a small range hood unless I want (and I don’t) to open up the kitchen ceiling to run the 10″ ducts between two other joists? We paid a lot for smooth ceilings so I hate to see them damaged.
    I have no issue with having to replace the vent cap outside or the cost – I just want to know if it’s possible. If it’s not, I guess I go back to the drawing board or live with my minute cuisine!

What would a fair price be?