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tarring12

10:38AM | 11/10/03
Member Since: 11/09/03
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I have purchased a Jenn-Air downdraft cooktop for my new home. Lowe's, where I bought it, says they don't have an installer and don't know who can install it! Can anyone help me with instructions for installation? It must be vented underneath the house. I have crawlspace.

DanO

03:39PM | 11/10/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** I have purchased a Jenn-Air downdraft cooktop for my new home. Can anyone help me with instructions for installation? **

Installation instructions will come with the product and are also likely available from Jenn Air's web site.

*I will warn you however, it is not a good idea to make any final cabinet alterations until you have the product in hand. Most manufacturers warn "product specifications subject to change without notice".

** Lowe's, says they don't have an installer and don't know who can install it! **

If you contact Jenn Air, they will likely be able to provide the name of a contractor (or two) which can install it for you.

Dan O.
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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited November 10, 2003).]

k2

04:19PM | 11/10/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Most sheetmetal ducting like this is pretty much prefabricated. I've done quite a bit of this myself--but it certainly isn't for everyone. Just an idea, strictly "for what it's worth": try asking one or two local sheetmetal shops.

In my area (Denver), some sheetmetal shops seem to specialize in very large commercial jobs--but others don't mind doing small stuff and selling a part or two here and there. I'd try and find one like that and ask if they'll do the install--or might know of a sheetmetal worker who'll do it on an hourly basis.

tarring12

03:30AM | 11/11/03
Member Since: 11/09/03
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for your replies...one more question...how far can I vent it? It is in an island and is quite a ways to an outside wall? I did download the installation instructions but it didn't say anything about this.

k2

05:55AM | 11/11/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Good question ("how far can it be vented"). Downdraft seldom works as well as updraft anyway (this was one reason we switched from a Jenn-aire to a range on the outside wall several years ago--although there were other reasons as well).

Since you have to run it a ways, if it were me I'd probably transition to a larger duct and use the fewest number of turns possible. I know that some of the upper-end range hoods have an outside fan that "pulls" as well as the usual inside one; I wonder if Jennaire offers this option?

I'm not really qualified to guess as to the distances, etc., you can run the ductwork--all I know is that our old Jennaire duct ran downward below the floor, then outward 14' out the wall--and it was pretty useless. It mostly just made noise. This was a 20 year old Jennaire--I've bet they've improved since then. But really I'd be surprised if Jennaire installation literature didn't talk about size, etc., of ductwork--they must run into this all the time.

Good luck,
-k2

DanO

09:24AM | 11/11/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** how far can I vent it? It is in an island and is quite a ways to an outside wall **

You'll have to check with Jenn Air for your specific model if it isn't listed in the installation instructions (which I'd be surprised). There is/was a detailed installation manual available for Jenn Air ranges and cooktops which most authorized Jenn Air installers should have.

DO NOT exceed the maximum length as doing so will render the exhaust pretty much useless as k2 experienced. Also, use only the ducting sizes specified in the instructions. It is also available through Jenn Air.

I originally would have recommended you ask a local Maytag dealers (as Maytag now owns and makes Jenn Air) but seeing as you purchased the unit from one of their competitors, I don't know how helpful they're likely to be.

JMO

Dan O.
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tarring12

10:05AM | 11/11/03
Member Since: 11/09/03
3 lifetime posts
Dan O,

Thanks again for your reply...just one more question and I'll leave you alone! I was talking with my mother-in-law today about her Jenn-Air range. I know that it would be about the same distance to vent it to the outside and she told me that they just vented it under the house and not to the outside...IS THAT ACCEPTABLE?

k2

10:25AM | 11/11/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi again tarring, there was a time when people didn't have range hoods at all. I don't think we ever had one where I grew up.
But like a lot of things, it became something of a necessity.

Hopefully Dan O will write in again and answer more directly....but a lot of what they do (in addition to trapping some grease) is to exhaust excess moisture and odors. I'd be concerned about putting these back in (or under) the house. (At least in the kitchen, you can open windows. This can be difficult to do in a crawlspace.)

[This message has been edited by k2 (edited November 11, 2003).]

DanO

01:50PM | 11/11/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** she told me that they just vented it under the house and not to the outside...IS THAT ACCEPTABLE? **

While I'm sure it would be physically possible to do and would likely alleviate any potential problems associated with a long vent run, I very much doubt it would be acceptable to any building codes in the US or Canada. If you live elsewhere, maybe.

Also, the grease filters do not trap 100% of the cooking grease so any excess would be vented under the house and could potentially cause problems. You should keep in mind that the vent line will likely need to be thoroughly cleaned in the future so make sure it is going to be accessible after installation.

JMO

Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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