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Diagnosing Common Problems With Your Kitchen Exhaust Hood

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A kitchen exhaust hood plays an important role in keeping smoke and hot temperatures out of your kitchen while doing any type of heavy cooking. Unfortunately, over time you may experience one or more common problems with your exhaust hood. Thankfully, many of these issues are easily resolved once you know how to properly diagnose the problem. Continue reading to learn more about some of these common issues and what causes them. 

The Issue: Smoke Is Not Being Pulled Out Of Your Kitchen Even Though The Exhaust Fan Is On

The Likely Cause:

The most common cause of this issue is built-up grease that is blocking the duct of your vent hood. If the grease buildup in your exhaust hood has gotten too severe, it could also be coating your motor causing this problem. In order to resolve this problem, you should begin by thoroughly cleaning both your exhaust hood and filters. If this does not resolve the problem, you will need to have a deeper clean done which includes your exhaust fan and motor. This type of deep cleaning is best left to the professionals in order to prevent any damage to your kitchen exhaust hood and to eliminate the risk of personal injury when cleaning these moving parts. 

The Issue: Fan Sounds Very Loud When Turned On

The Likely Cause:

If your kitchen exhaust fan sounds louder than usual or is making a strange humming sound, this can be another indication that your motor needs to be cleaned by a professional. In some cases, this can also indicate the need to replace your exhaust fan motor. The need to repair or replace your motor can easily be evaluated at the same time you have your existing motor cleaned. 

The Issue: Hood Lights Or Fan Will Not Turn On

The Likely Cause:

If you cannot get the lights or fan to turn on, the first thing you will want to do is to ensure that your exhaust hood is properly plugged in and that your circuit breaker has not been tripped. If your kitchen exhaust hood seems to be getting power, the most likely cause of this problem will be an electrical issue. You should never attempt to resolve this type of problem on your own since serious injury can occur if you do not have the proper training to deal with electrical problems. Consequently, your best course of action will be to contact an electrician as soon as possible to further diagnose the problem. 

For more information on a kitchen exhaust hood, contact a professional near you.