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Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Range Hood

Cleaning and maintaining your range hood is vital to keeping it performing well and protecting your home and family from moisture damage, grease build up and airborne contaminants caused by cooking indoors. Here are a few steps you should take to keep your range hood at peak performance for years to come:

1. Cleaning the Air Filter

The air filters in your range hood play a vital role in eliminating grease and airborne particles from the air before it exits your home.

Begin by removing the metal filters and submerging them in a suitable container filled with diluted degreasing solution, ensuring they’re fully covered. Once the grease dissolves, either wash the filters thoroughly in warm, soapy water or place them in the dishwasher’s plate rack. Ensure the filters are entirely dry before reattaching them to the range hood.

2. Cleaning the Range Hood Itself

Cleaning the exterior of your range hood is straightforward. Ensure the unit is turned off, as well as your cooktop. Use a standard stainless steel cleaner or household cleaning spray. Avoid spraying cleaner on the light bulbs or other electrical components.

3. Cleaning the Vent

The vent leading from the range hood to outside requires occasional checking. Grease can accumulate in the duct, posing a potential fire hazard. If you suspect grease buildup in your duct, promptly contact a cleaning professional to thoroughly clean it.

4.  Preventative Measures

The final tip in this range hood maintenance guide emphasizes proactive measures to prevent issues. To extend the lifespan of your range hood, consider the following:

  • Occasionally clean the fan blades to prevent dirt and grease buildup, reducing stress on the motor and preventing overheating.
  • Regularly wash exposed metal surfaces with warm soapy water, or use a solution of ammonia and water for heavily greased areas. Ensure thorough rinsing after using the ammonia solution.
  • Frequently inspect the vent to maintain unrestricted airflow. Accumulated grease can pose a fire hazard if left unchecked.
  • Clean the filter regularly, as it tends to collect grease quickly.

Following these guidelines will help ensure your range hood remains functional for an extended period, effectively maintaining a smoke-free and clean kitchen.

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