Correct Installation of a Downdraft Ventilation
Checking the Installation for your KitchenAid Downdraft Vent
If you are unsure about connecting your Downdraft Vent, follow the following tips:
What is the length of the vent system?
- The length of vent system and number of elbows should be kept to a minimum to provide efficient performance.
- The maximum equivalent length of the vent system is 60 ft (18.3 m). Refer to the Installation Instructions of your appliance for specific information.
- For altitudes above 4,500 ft (1372 m), reduce recommended vent run by 20% for best performance.
Was the correct vent material used?
- Use 26-gauge minimum galvanized or 25-gauge minimum aluminum metal vent.
- Poor quality pipe fittings can reduce airflow.
- Flexible metal vent is not recommended.
- Metal duct may be reduced to 30-gauge galvanized steel or 26-gauge aluminized steel if allowed by local codes. This reduction is based on information in the International Residential Codes Section M1601.1 (2006 edition).
NOTE: Local codes may require a heavier gauge material.
How many elbows were used?
- Use no more than three 90° elbows.
- Do not install 2 elbows together. Make sure there is a minimum of 18" (45.7 cm) of straight vent between the elbows if more than one elbow is used.
- Elbows too close together can cause excess turbulence that reduces airflow.
- If an elbow is used, install it as far away as possible from the hood’s vent motor exhaust opening.
- Do not use a 5" (12.7 cm) elbow in a 6" (15.2 cm) or 3¼" x 10" (8.3 x 25.4 cm) system.
Follow the instructions below for best performance:
- Do not reduce to a 5" (12.7 cm) system after using 6" (15.2 cm) or 3¼" x 10" (8.3 x 25.4 cm) fittings.
- Avoid forming handmade crimps. Handmade crimps may restrict airflow.
- Use a vent cap for proper performance. If an alternate wall or roof cap is used, be certain the cap size is not reduced and that it has a back draft damper.
- Use vent clamps to seal all joints in the vent system.
- Use caulking to seal exterior wall or roof opening around the cap.
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