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Cooling and Ventilation Systems Category: Range Hood Fans


Range hood fan will not turn on at all.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Screwdriver (or other fastening device as determined by the manufacturer's use of fasteners)

  • Voltage meter

  • Circuit breaker fuse replacement

  • New range hood fan motor replacement



Range hood fans and bathroom exhaust fans alike, essentially, are each just a motor attached with blades or propellers.  If your range hood fan does not turn on at all (after turning the switch on), and you find that this fan has been in place for some time, the easiest (and surest) way of solving this problem is replacing the range hood fan motor altogether.

If your range hood fan does not turn on at all, do the following:

  1. First and foremost, if turning on the switch does not turn on the range hood fan, check that your circuit breaker is turned to "on," and if need be, replace any burned out circuit breaker fuse. (See the electrical section.)

Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it, including disconnecting the power.

  1. If the above does not work, remove the fasteners (e.g., screws) from the cover of the range hood fan and take off the cover to gain access to the interior thereof, using either a screwdriver or other fastener device that is more appropriate.

  2. As a precaution, use a voltage meter to make sure that the wires connected to the fan are not live (have no power running through them).  (You should have disconnected the power to the fan from the circuit breaker long ago, if you haven't done so already.)

  3. Having a clear view of the range hood fan; disconnect any cord from it and remove it, using a screwdriver or other fastener device that is more appropriate.  (Most fans do not require the need for dealing with any electrical wires in order to replace a fan motor.  In fact, most fan motors simply are inserted into a receptacle within the fan housing and removed just as easily.)

  4. Take the removed range hood fan motor to either a home improvement store or appliance parts store (or even shop online) in order to get the correct range hood fan replacement.

  5. Install the new fan motor replacement just as you saw the old one installed.  In almost all instances, this just involves the act of the inserting the fan motor replacement into its designated receptacle within the fan housing.

  6. Finally, put the cover of the range hood fan back into place by securing it with the fasteners (e.g., screws) that originally were removed to provide access for the aforesaid installation.

  7. Restore the power, and the range hood fan should then be working normally as it once did.

Ed the Handyman


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