Appliance Repair 101: Don’t Let a Dirty Range Hood Go Unnoticed

Fred's Appliance
October 1, 2014

Your range hood has the crucial job of removing smoke, odors, and grease from your kitchen. Unfortunately, when it comes to receiving a good cleaning this appliance is often overlooked, which can end up causing a serious malfunction or even a fire. To help you avoid the need for appliance repair, we’ve put together an easy to follow cleaning process that will keep your range hood looking spotless while also allowing it to perform at its fullest capacity.

The Filter

  • If your range hood has a reusable filter, you’ll need to remove all grease and debris from it at least once every few weeks. Some filters can be placed on the top rack of your dishwasher, however, if you’re unsure whether yours can or cannot, simply refer to your owner’s manual to discover if the filter is dishwasher safe. Otherwise, you should clean the filter by hand. To do this, merely submerge the filter in a container of warm, soapy water. After allowing it to soak for a few minutes, remove the filter and gently scrub it with a nonabrasive sponge. Once all the grease is gone, rinse the filter with water and dry it with a soft cloth before reinserting it.

  • On the other hand, if your range hood has a charcoal filter, you’ll simply need to purchase a replacement instead of cleaning it.

The Fan

  • Removing dust and grease from your range hood’s fan is your next step. To really get all the grit off, we suggest using a mixture of water and vinegar. To begin, carefully spray the fan blades. To ensure the solution is able to penetrate the grease, allow the water and vinegar combination to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Once enough time has passed, use a damp rag to wipe the cleaning solution away.

The Exterior

  • The final step to cleaning your range hood is wiping down the appliance’s exterior. Using the water and vinegar mixture you previously made, spray the outside of your hood. After you’ve allowed the solution to soak through build-up of grime, use a damp cloth to wipe down the surface. If there are still spots of grease present, perform the cleaning process again before drying off the area.

If you’re dealing with a malfunctioning appliance, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.

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