How to Replace a Range Hood Fan Motor



This DIY repair guide gives instructions for how to replace the fan motor in a range hood. The fan motor spins the fan blade to draw air through the range hood vent. If the fan motor wears out, the motor won't turn the blade to circulate air. Replace a worn or broken fan motor with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Follow these steps to replace the fan motor in Kenmore and Broan range hoods.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Fan motor
  • Wire nuts

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Phillips screw driver
  • Wire cutter
  • Work gloves
  • Towel

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands Prepare a padded work surface.

Lay a towel down on the counter or work table where you intend to place the range hood to complete this repair.



 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Disconnect electrical power

Shut off the house circuit breaker to disconnect electrical power to the range hood.

Step 2: Remove the filters and the bottom panel

Pull the latch tabs to release the air filters and pull both filters out of the range hood. 

Remove the screws that secure the bottom panel to the range hood frame and pull the bottom panel out of the range hood.


 Warning: Support the bottom panel with your hand when removing the final screw to prevent the bottom panel from falling on the cooktop.

Step 3: Remove the side panels

Unplug the wire harness connectors for the light sockets on both side panels.

Pull the front of the side panels inward to release the locking tabs and then remove the side panels.


Step 4: Pull the range hood down from the cabinet

Disconnect the electrical power supply wiring.

Loosen the screws on the power supply wire clamp so that the power supply wires can slide out of the clamp when the range hood is pulled out of the cabinet.

Remove the middle mounting screw.

Loosen the mounting screws on the 4 corners by 1/8”.

Pull the range hood forward about ¼” to release the corner screw through the keyhole slots.

Carefully pull the range hood down and set it upside down on a padded work surface.


 Warning: The range hood is heavy. Two persons may be needed to safely pull the range hood down and set it on a padded work surface.

Step 5: Remove the fan blade

Remove the spring clamps that secure the fan blade to the motor.

Pull the fan blade up and off of the motor.


Step 6: Remove the fan motor

Disconnect the green ground wire from the screw on the range hood frame and then cut the wires connected to the motor.

Remove the 3 screws from the motor mounting plate and pull the fan motor up and out of the range hood. 

Remove the mounting plate from the bottom of the fan motor.


Step 7: Install the new fan motor

Attach the new fan motor to the mounting plate.

Place the new fan motor in the range hood and route the fan motor wires through the wire cover to the side of the range hood frame.

Connect the green ground wire to the ground wire screw.

Connect the fan motor wires to the matching wires inside the range hood, using wire nuts.

Reinstall the washers and mounting screws that hold the fan motor in place.


Step 8: Reinstall the fan blade

Push the fan blade onto the motor and secure it with the spring clamps.

Step 9: Reinstall the range hood

Position the range hood near its location in the cabinet.

Push the power supply wires through the power supply wire clamp.

Slide the range hood into the mounting screws under the cabinet. Tighten all of the corner mounting screws. Insert the middle mounting screw and tighten it.

Tighten the screws in the power supply wire clamp.


Step 10: Reassemble the range hood

Reinstall the side panels. Push the back end of the side panels into the frame slots and slide the front end of the side panels outward to snap them into the front brackets.

Plug the wire harness connectors for the light sockets back in.

Slide the bottom panel into place. Secure the bottom panel with the mounting screws.

Reinstall the air filters.


Step 11: Restore the electrical power

Reset the house circuit breaker to restore electrical power to the range hood.