Customer ordered an off brand SS chimney style range hood off the internet. Now wants me to install it in a house I’m building. This link shows some basic info on the unit. The thing came with very sparse install instructions. They are attached. Also attached are some pics.
From a 10 minute look at the actual unit yesterday afternoon I see several potential problems:
Electrical: As you see a 120 v cord comes through the top of the unit into the chimney area. Obviously I can’t bury a receptacle or junction box inside the hood chimney. NEC says either has to be accessible – right? I guess this means that I would have to pull the cord down into the main body of the unit and the connection would need to be made there and accessed through the removable bottom filter panels shown in the pic “range hood bottom…”. I guess that would mean I’d have to cut a hole in the back of the hood body for a plastic connector for the 12/2 to run through? Would there then need to be a junction box some how mounted inside the hood body? Or could the connection just be wire nutted together there and be NEC compliant. BTW I have a 12/2 dedicated wire buried in the wall. See attached pic “range hood backing”. Also BTW – I think we are on NEC 2008.
Also, I didn’t see any UL sticker on the unit. If you zoom in on the pic entitled range hood sticker (broadband access required) you can see some other certifications (I guess) but no UL. If I remember correctly my electricians won’t install stuff that doesn’t have UL stickers…
Mechanical: Not sure but I’m pretty sure all hood ducting has to be metal. Pics doesn’t show it but the hood came with a straight section of 6″ round plastic duct – which I assume I can’t use. that’s OK, the HVAC guys can replace that with a metal one and an elbow going into the wall duct. Problem is that as shown in the “hood top…” pic there is a rectangular to 6″ round duct adapter piece. Does that need to be made out of metal? My HVAC guys couldn’t really make one of those…
Mounting of unit. Not a real big deal guy it looks like the main unit is basically set up to hang from 2 screws. Doesn’t seem very stable to me. You can kinda see one of these “hanger” spots toward the top left of the “range hood top..” pic. Seems like the unit could be prone to vibrating on the wall with no bottom attachment.
Thoughts? Your ideas are appreciated.
PS – sorry about the size of some of these pics, etc.