Range Hood Fan & Filter Care

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An easy to ignore and thus neglect part of your kitchen is the range hood fan and filter. Since it is out of sight above cook stations, it can also fall in the category of out of mind. While it is out of mind, chances are good that it is in dire need of some cleaning attention and getting more so with every meal you prepare. Attending to the needs of your range hood fan and filter on a schedule will help improve its longevity and make it not have to work so hard to get the job done, so be sure to set aside some time to care for it in the future if you have not been doing so already.

Range hood filters are composed of a series of many small holes through which air passes. Being that this filter is located over a stove, it is highly likely that much more than just air passes through it. That means things such as grease and other cooking residues can make their way into the filter as well. Since these residues can be thick and gunky, it is only a matter of time before they begin to clog the filter and inhibit the performance of your fan. Initially the problem will be one of the holes in your filter shrinking as they clog, but soon they will be fully sealed, making your filter useless and potentially shutting your fan down as well.

If you have a metal filter in your range hood, it is wise to take it down for cleaning approximately once every month. This can be done by soaking it in a sink of hot, soapy water and giving it a little bit of scrubbing to loosen the more persistent, stuck-on messes. Should that not be adequate to get the job done, which may be the case if your filter has been neglected for a considerable amount of time, adding some degreaser to your cleaning efforts may be necessary. If you do not have or wish to use a degreaser, adding a little bit of ammonia to water for a soak can get the job done as well.

Should your filter be made of charcoal, cleaning it is not an option. These filters should instead be replaced periodically so as to avoid impairing the function of the fan. A good time frame to consider replacement is ever 4 months. An easier way to remember this task is to put it on your quarterly to do list.

Maintaining your range hood filter properly will keep your fan working as it should. Correct care in this area of your kitchen in a timely manner will also keep you from having to replace the fan prematurely. Take care of your greasy range hood filters with some elbow grease of your own and the fan above your stove will thank you with continued use.

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