Nobody wants to accidentally set of their smoke detector because of a malfunctioning range hood. This is why, while you are buying one, you should make sure the vent hood extends over at least half the burners on your stove and covers the entire width of your range. To truly ensure your range hood gets to do its job to its full capacity, you’ll need to learn to clean and maintain it properly. Here are your 7 tips on how to do just that:
Your vent hood will give you signals when it’s struggling to fulfill its job. In most cases, this is due to buildup grease or wear-down after continuous usage, but no matter the reason, these warning signs always apply:
Even on the highest setting, smoke remains: In this case, grease may be interfering with your vent hood duct or fan, though it could also be the motor of your fan being worn-out, or your air filter being in need of cleaning or replacement.
An overly loud motor: If you notice weird sounds coming from your motor, it may be a signal that it needs cleaning, is rubbing against an object, or simply needs replacing.
Lights or buttons have stopped working: In most cases, this problem stems from the control board of your vent panel and is electric in nature. You’ll most likely have to call in an expert to fix it for you.
#2: Air Filter Cleaning
There are metal and charcoal filters. Both serve the same purpose of removing particulates and smoke from the air in your kitchen, and both are easily removed from the vent hood in case they need cleaning or replacement.
• Metal Filter: Remove and soak in degreasing solution, then wash with warm, soapy water and put in top rack of dishwasher. Dry before reattaching.
• Charcoal Filter: Replace at least once a year.
#3: Range Hood Cleaning
You’ll need to turn off the unit and stove top before you use a household cleaning spray or degreaser (the non-abrasive kind) to wash off the entire hood. Be careful to avoid hitting the light bulbs and other electrical components directly with the spray.
#4: Vent Cleaning
Letting grease build up in your vent can pose a fire hazard, so be sure to call in a professional to clean it once you notice a lack in functionality.
#5: Fan Cleaning and Motor Replacement
If your motor is acting up, be sure to check if it or the bearings have been exposed to strong humidity and/or grease. In most cases, the blower wheel is the one that has collected grease and dirt. Thankfully, it can easily be removed and cleaned with degreaser. But if that doesn’t help, you better start looking into replacing the motor.
#5: Checking Functionality
To test the vent, take a piece of paper and hold it nearby. If you can let go without it falling back down, your vent should be okay. But in any case, you can always look up the make and model of your range hood online and see what the most common problems are other people have faced with it.
The best way of dealing with problems is stopping them from occurring. You can do this by cleaning your fan which will also ease the stress on your motor, washing the exposed metal with warm soapy water or a solution of water and ammonia, checking in on your vent on the regular, and frequently cleaning the air filter. If you stick to all of these steps, you should be looking at a vent hood with a long lifespan or call in the appliance repair service in Pickering.