Range Hood Maintenance: 7 Simple Tips

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Keeping your appliances running in tip-top shape is all about maintenance. Range hoods are powered by motors, fans, and filters. All of these parts should be carefully cleaned to maintain their performance. Over time, grease, dirt, and debris can build up in your range hood. If you go too long without cleaning the parts, your range hood will not perform as well and may stop working altogether.

The good news is maintaining your stove hood is simple!  All it takes is a little soap, water, and elbow grease. To make it even easier, we have gathered 7 of our top tips below.

1.Know How to Troubleshoot

Knowing how to troubleshoot small issues with your appliances is always valuable. Fortunately, troubleshooting a range hood is straightforward. To ensure your range hood is operating correctly, start by turning it off for a few minutes and then back on. Listen for any excessive noise; if the range hood is unusually loud, there may be an issue with the fan or motor.

If the noise level is normal, proceed to check the lights by switching them on and off. If the range hood fails to illuminate, you may need to replace the bulbs or inspect the wiring.

Lastly, assess the range hood’s performance. Is it effectively removing odors and fumes? If gases and smoke persist, even at the highest speed setting, it’s likely that grease buildup within the system needs to be addressed.

2.Learn Preventative Maintenance

You’ve likely heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and the same principle applies to appliances. Proper maintenance of your range hood will ensure it operates smoothly and maintains its appearance over time. Begin by thoroughly reading the operation manual to ensure correct installation—a crucial first step in preventative maintenance.

Regular cleaning of the vent, filters, and body is essential, as we’ll outline below. Additionally, remember to switch off the range hood when not in use to prevent unnecessary strain on the motor.

3.Regularly Clean the Filters

The method for cleaning your filters depends on their type. If you have Hauslane range hoods with dishwasher-safe filters, simply run them through your dishwasher for effortless cleaning.

For metal filters that aren’t dishwasher safe or for a more thorough cleaning, submerge them in hot water mixed with a degreasing solution, such as Dawn dishwasher soap, or with the addition of baking soda for extra cleaning power. Allow the filters to soak to dissolve the grease, then gently scrub with a brush to remove any residue. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry completely with a microfiber cloth before reinstalling them in the range hood.

As for charcoal filters, it’s best to replace them rather than attempting to clean them. We recommend replacing them every two months or as soon as you notice a decline in effectiveness. Our filter subscription plan simplifies this process, ensuring your range hood continues to operate at its best.

4. Clean the Body of the Range Hood

To maintain your range hood’s body and prevent residue from causing marks or stains, start by turning off both the range hood and your stovetop. Ensure the stovetop is completely cool before proceeding with the cleaning.

Using a soft microfiber towel (commonly included with many Hauslane range hoods) and a non-abrasive household cleaning solution, wipe down the body in the direction of the grain. Take care to avoid getting cleaner on any electrical components or light bulbs.

For stubborn dirt or grime on the exterior, utilize a warm, soapy solution and a soft sponge. Avoid using a sponge with a rough surface. After cleaning, rinse the exterior with clean water and finish with a stainless steel cleaner to polish and maintain its sparkling appearance.

5. Check the Vent

If you notice restricted airflow in your range hood, it’s essential to inspect the vent. Accumulated grease can impede performance and even pose a fire hazard. If you detect grease buildup, it’s crucial to have it removed by a professional to ensure optimal safety and functionality.

6.Clean the Fan Blades

Regular cleaning of the fan blades is essential to maintain your range hood’s performance and prevent motor strain. Built-up dirt, debris, and grease can hinder airflow and potentially damage the motor over time.

Begin by turning off the range hood and ensuring the stovetop is cool. Use a non-abrasive rag and soapy water to wipe down the fan blades, avoiding any electrical components, light bulbs, or motor housing. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and a fresh rag.

Alternatively, you can utilize a solution of equal parts ammonia and water for a deeper clean. Carefully scrub the fan blades, rinse with clean water, and allow them to dry completely before using the range hood again.

For a more convenient cleaning option, consider Hauslane’s auto-clean function, which employs a steam cleaning method to effectively remove grease and buildup from the fan blades.

7.Use the Range Hood Appropriately

Range hoods are robust appliances, but they don’t always require maximum settings for every cooking session. Selecting the appropriate setting based on your cooking needs is key. For smaller dishes with minimal heat and smoke, opt for the lowest setting, while for high-heat cooking like stir-frying, the highest setting is ideal for effective grease extraction. Using the right setting not only ensures optimal performance but also helps maintain the longevity of your motor.

A properly functioning range hood is indispensable for any kitchen, safeguarding against harmful cooking fumes and grease buildup that can affect your cabinets. Fortunately, keeping your range hood in top shape is straightforward! Investing a bit of time in regular cleaning and maintenance pays off in sustained excellent performance. With these efforts, you can enjoy a consistently fresh cooking experience.