Range Hood Light Flickering? How to Stop The Lightshow

range hood flickering light

Is your range hood light flickering?

I’ve been there too! I understand how frustrating it can be when the lights on your range hood are not working as they should, especially when you’re not sure how to fix the problem.

The good news is that you’ve come to the right place for answers.

If your range hood light is flickering, there’s probably an intermittent power issue, an old light bulb, or a faulty socket. A malfunctioning switch and loose connections can also explain the issue.

Keep reading to learn how to stop the light show!

4 Quick Fixes for a Flickering Range Hood Light

Flickering lights can indicate there’s an underlying issue. But don’t worry! In this section, I’ll walk you through four different solutions that can help you get the lights on your range hood working again.

Fixing the light will require accessing certain internal components, such as the socket or wiring. So, it’s important to have the owner’s manual handy.

Keep in mind that the lights on GE range hoods can flicker subtly on the lowest setting due to their dimming technology. It is a normal feature that is only noticeable on reflective surfaces. It can’t be altered.

Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

#1 Check for Intermittent Power Issues

When fixing flickering lights on a range hood, I always start by checking the power supply.

You see, intermittent power issues, overloaded circuits, and faulty wiring can cause temporary drops in voltage that result in flickering lights.

To solve the issue, head to the circuit breaker panel and check the “kitchen” or “range hood” breaker. If it’s not fully tripped, it could be causing power fluctuations. In such cases, you’ll need to switch the breaker to the “OFF” position and then back to “ON”.

circuit breaker box
If the lights on your range hood are flickering, check the circuit breaker.

Don’t forget to test the outlet where your range hood is plugged in. To do so, simply plug a lamp or a different device into the same outlet. If it also shows signs of intermittent power, it’s likely that the problem is with the outlet itself, not the range hood. To solve the issue, it’s best to call a certified electrician, as there’s probably a more complex electrical issue in your home.

It’s also important to avoid plugging other high-draw appliances into the same outlet because it can overload the circuit and lead to voltage drops, causing the range hood light to flicker.

If you haven’t identified a power issue, there are other potential causes for the flickering lights on your range hood. Keep reading to learn more.

#2 Replace the Light Bulb

In my experience, a light bulb that is nearing the end of its lifespan can also be the cause of flickering in a range hood’s light.

You see, if you haven’t replaced your range hood’s light bulb in a while, the internal components of the bulb are likely wearing out. This wear and tear can result in intermittent electrical connections, causing the bulb to flicker before eventually burning out.

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Replacing your range hood’s bulb can help you fix the flickering light.

To solve the issue, you’ll need to replace your range hood’s light bulb. Here’s how:

  1. Unplug your range hood or turn it off at the circuit breaker. Let the light bulb cool down before replacing it.
  2. Carefully remove the glass or plastic light bulb’s cover,
  3. Turn the light bulb counterclockwise to remove it from the socket.
  4. Purchase a compatible light bulb. Read the owner’s manual to make sure you’re using the correct type and wattage of bulb as recommended by the manufacturer.
  5. Screw the new light bulb into the socket clockwise.
  6. Reattach the cover over the light bulb.

When replacing the light bulb, please ensure it is securely screwed into the socket. If it’s loose, the light can flicker.

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Once you’ve replaced the light bulb, turn your range hood back on and test the light.

#3 Examine the Socket

If you’ve replaced the bulb, but your range hood light still flickers, then the socket is probably faulty.

Let me explain: The light socket allows electricity to flow to the bulb. Unfortunately, issues like worn-out contacts within the socket can lead to intermittent power flow, causing the range hood light to flicker.

If you suspect that the socket is faulty, I recommend turning off your range hood at the circuit breaker and performing a multimeter test. If the socket is functioning correctly, the multimeter will indicate continuity.

However, if there’s no continuity, you’ll need to replace the light socket. Here’s how:

  1. Switch off the “Kitchen” or “Range Hood” breaker to prevent electrical hazards.
  2. Remove the light cover and unthread the light bulb.
  3. Remove the screws securing the side panel to access the wires.
  4. Carefully disconnect the wires.
  5. Remove the light socket from the panel.
  6. Push the new light socket into the side panel and reconnect the wires.
  7. Reinstall the side panels and reassemble your range hood.

Once you’ve replaced the socket, turn your range hood back on and check the light. If it’s still flickering, there’s probably an issue with the switch. Read on to learn more!

#4 Test the Light Switch

When fixing a flickering light on a range hood, my usual advice is to test the light switch.

The light switch is responsible for controlling the light. However, if the internal contacts of the switch are worn out, the flow of electricity can become intermittent. As a result, the range hood light will flicker.

Since the switch is an essential component, any malfunction can affect the performance of your range hood light.

To determine whether the light switch is faulty, test it with a multimer. Here’s how:

  1. Unplug your range hood or turn it off at the circuit breaker.
  2. Remove the light cover and unscrew the light bulb.
  3. Use a screwdriver to remove the control cover.
  4. Take a picture of the wires connected to the light switch for future reference. Then, disconnect them.
  5. Remove the light switch and set your multimeter to the lowest setting for ohms of resistance.
  6. Touch one multimeter’s probe to one terminal and the other probe to the second terminal of the switch.
  7. Activate the light switch and check the multimeter’s display. If it doesn’t change significantly, you’ll need to replace it. Follow the next steps to learn how to do it.
  8. Get a compatible replacement.
  9. Refer to the picture you previously took to connect the wires to the new light switch.
  10. Reattach the control cover.
  11. Reinstall the light bulb and cover.
If the multimeter doesn’t indicate continuity, replace the light switch.

Keep in mind that accessing, testing, and replacing your range hood’s light switch can be a bit challenging. So, if you’re uncomfortable doing so, it’s best to call an appliance repair expert. They have the required tools to fix the issue.

#5 Check the Wiring Connections

If you’ve tried all of the fixes mentioned above, but your range hood light is still flickering, there’s probably an issue with the wiring.

The wires are responsible for transmitting electrical current to the light. Unfortunately, if there are issues with the wiring, such as loose or damaged connections, the light in the range hood can flicker or fail to turn on.

Follow these simple steps to inspect the wiring:

  1. Unplug your range hood or turn it off at the circuit breaker to ensure your safety.
  2. Remove the necessary panels to access the wires leading to the light socket and switch. Remember that you’ll probably need to use a screwdriver.
  3. Look for any visible signs of damage, such as loose, frayed, or disconnected wires.
  4. If you notice any loose connections, please reconnect them to restore power to the light.
  5. If the wires look burnt, frayed, or damaged, please replace them.

Remember that if you’re uncomfortable working with electricity, it’s best to contact a professional. They have the expertise to diagnose and fix the issue safely.

Wrapping Up: Fixing a Flickering Range Hood Light

That about covers it! Hopefully, now you know how to prevent your range hood light from flickering.

Remember that if the light on your range hood light flickers, you’ll need to reset the circuit breaker and avoid plugging multiple appliances into the same outlet. Don’t forget that it’s also important to replace the bulb, test the light switch and socket, and inspect the wiring.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this guide. If you ever experience a different issue while using your range hood, please check out our site.

Good luck!

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