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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
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We've been using this island vent for about a month; it is mounted about 31" over our cooktop. It vents directly through the roof. Our living room and dining room open onto our kitchen so getting the cooking smells out of the house is particularly critical. And so far this vent is doing an excellent job. We use a lot of garlic and onion as well as Asian spices in our cooking, so we've put this unit through its paces. It seems to be excellent value.
Installation is straight forward but not easy. If you are lucky your cooktop will be centered between two ceiling joists (otherwise you will have to cut out and box around). The first step is to use a plumb bob to center a ceiling hole over the cooktop. Then get into the ceiling and install two rails between the joists so that you have something very solid to screw the mounting plate into. This plate will carry all the weight. With the mounting plate centered mark a cut for the duct hole. You will have to make a corresponding hole in the roof. The upper support frame (see the instructions) attaches to the ceiling plate, and the lower support frame telescopes so that you can set it at the proper height above the cooktop.The blower box attaches to the lower support frame. The inner and outer duct cover are cosmetic, but as one other reviewed mentioned, you have to take care with the installation.Pulling the inner duct cover up and out of the outer duct cover is awkward because it is a tight fit. As for the roof, you have to be sure it is well sealed, obviously. I found simple unit at Home Depot that fits over the duct protruding out of the roof. This unit takes a right angled turn and it has a squirrel guard as well as hinged baffle (as does the Akdy unit) that is effective in keeping the cold air return to a minimum. I was afraid we would have a lot of cold air coming down through duct and into the house (it is a chimney), but this has not been a problem. Finally, you have to have or install an electrical outlet in the ceiling next to the duct so that the unit can be plugged in. The instructions that come with the AKDY are not completely useless because they show you how the parts fit together. But as installation instruction, they are useless, particularly the instruction to use screw anchors in the ceiling to hold the unit. NO WAY! This thing is not lite. You must install rails between the joists and anchor directly into them. I have a good handy man; he and his son did this work. I watched and took notes. Then I had a roofer take care of the roof seal. You will save a lot of money with this unit, but the installation costs, which would be the same with any island vent, are not insignificant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2012
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I have no complaints about Akdy. They responded quickly to our needs. Our contractor and the electrician were not happy about how difficult the unit is to install. I was not happy about the blue LED lights that come with it. The lights shed a "midnight in Bethlehem" glow on the cooktop. Home Depot doesn't have replacement lights. I will update this note when I find white light replacements.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
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My husband installed this range hood for me. It took two days to get it put in. The instructions are not clear at all. I recommend that you practice "installing" it on the ground first before putting it up in the ceiling. As someone else said, it required framing in the ceiling to make a solid support (came with drywall anchors, which would never have held it up). Despite a hard installation and some oddities, I like how it looks, and it works just fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
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I just installed it for a friend and it works and looks good. No idea about the longevity of the product but the only negative I have at this point is that it was installed in a place with a less than 8 foot ceiling and there is no way to make it shorter. This means that taller (5'9" and above) could be banging their heads if they don't watch aout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
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This is a great looking unit! Its much quieter, while still moving way more air than any of the cheesy hood fans I have had in the past. Install was easy enough. it is a 3 prong plug, not a hard wire, so that was very straight forward. It came with drywall anchors, which I am sure would have worked, but I felt it was a little sketchy. I built a basic frame in the attic and mounted it that way.
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on June 8, 2014
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the glass on this unit with brake on it own . Be very careful when sitting under it. it will brake.
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on April 18, 2014
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This is a really good looking hood and does not have anything more or less that other expensive ones. I did not give it a 5 star because the installation a little complicated.
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on December 31, 2013
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It is a great looking hood & works well. It's powerful. It is a little dim with the lights, but have enough lighting in my kitchen so it's no big deal. My contractor dropped it on instal & broke the glass. I contacted the company & they were great! They sent out a replacement glass & was stunned at the good price on the glass & shipping. I will definitely buy from them again.
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on July 22, 2013
Very clean lines and modern look. Complements the kitchen decor and it's efficient. Delivery time was great and i was able to have it installed on time.
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on March 23, 2015
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love it love it- had it installed- I didnt try myself
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