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What is the average life expectancy of a kitchen range hood fan?
Sunday, March 1, 2020
How long does a kitchen range hood fan last?
You can expect a range hood to last between 12 and 18 years, with an average of 15 years. Like any appliance the variables that will affect longevity are quality of the appliance and maintenance. More expensive hoods tend to hang in there longer, and cleaning—especially of the filter—will avoid overloading the motor due to a clogged filter.
A fan is not required for a residential kitchen, unless the range has an open top broiler, but certainly a good idea. Also, a ductless (recirculating) fan is allowed if it is specifically designed (listed and labeled) for ductless installation. To learn more, see our blog post Is a range hood exhaust fan required in the kitchen?
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Field Guide for Home Inspectors, a quick reference for finding the age of 154 brands of HVAC systems, water heaters, and electrical panels, plus 210 code standards for site-built and manufactured homes, and the life expectancy rating of 195 home components. Available at amazon.com for $19.95.
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Here’s links to a collection of some of our other blog posts about APPLIANCES:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMade, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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