Kitchen Hood Installation Which Circuit??


Old 04-10-07, 08:48 PM
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Kitchen Hood Installation Which Circuit??

What electrical circuit should the kitchen hood be installed into?

I have 2 GFI 220 amp circuits - I know it cannot be installed on those

Can it be installed on the circuit with the lights?

Should it be installed on it's own dedicated circuit?

Could it be installed with the garage circuit?

Any help you can provide would be appreciated
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Old 04-10-07, 08:51 PM
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Id say any of the above . They dont pulll much power. If you have the room on it own circuit
Old 04-10-07, 09:02 PM
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Is it ok to hook it up to the GFI circuits?
Old 04-10-07, 09:23 PM
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Depending on the size of the motor in the exhaust hood, it can be pulling a few amps; be sure whatever circuit you use can handle the load. (Check the information plate/sticker to see what the maximum amperage is.)

In my opinion:

Hooking it up to a circuit with just lights should be okay.

Avoid putting it on the garage circuit.

Do not tap any counter top receptacles (these must serve only the counter top).

Avoid tapping a GFCI circuit; the motor could cause the GFCI to trip.
Old 04-10-07, 09:38 PM
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A dedicated 20-amp circuit would be my first choice. That way you're all set if you later decide you want one of those hood/microwave combos.

The lighting circuit would probably be my next choice.

The garage circuit may or may not be okay. A lot of garage circuits are already loaded, and a lot of them also include the bathroom receptacles (in which case it's not legal to add the hood to it).
Old 04-11-07, 05:53 PM
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Thanks - this information is very helpful. I will try to either use the circuit with the lights or have a dedicated one. Just didn't want to use a dedicated circuit if I don't have to
Old 04-13-07, 01:20 AM
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Hmmm... I am guessing one of my kitchen circuits is not up to code then. Just got done mapping out my entire house minutes ago and here's what's on my hood circuit:

[20 amp]
- Range hood
- Microwave & electric skillet receptacle (no GFCI)
- 1 dining room receptacle
- 1 living room receptacle
- Dining room ceiling fan
- Living room lights
- Front porch light
- Washer
- Dryer (gas)
- Sump pump

No joke. (Although yes it's worth a chuckle) The washer/dryer/sump will be easy enough to put another circuit in for 'em, but the rest will have to stay as-is for a looong time. All plaster here, no junction boxes, and some K&T here and there.
Old 04-13-07, 06:54 AM
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Not code in 2007. But probably code in 1936.
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Code now would require one 20 amp circuit for the laundry, which would mean just the washer and dryer, unless the sump pump happened to be in the "laundry room".

I would at the very least separate out the washer, dryer and sump pump from that circuit, especially if they are easy, as you indicate they are.

As for the rest of the circuit, consider at some point addressing the kitchen and dining room issue. I like dedicated circuits for microwaves, even if they are counter top units.

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