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Range Vent Hood Repair Guide

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1. Why is there no power at all?
2. Why doesn't my range vent hood fan work?
3. Why is my vent fan running at only one speed?
4. Why is my fan moving air, but it's not going outside?
5. Should I keep the vent fan on the whole time I'm cooking?
6. Why won't my vent light dim?
7. Why doesn't the range vent hood light work?
8. How do I clean the range vent hood?
9. What cleaners can I use to remove the grease from the surfaces?
10. How do I clean the grease filter?
11. When should I use the range vent hood?
12. Why doesn't my range vent hood remove odors and smoke?
13. Why does my fan keep cycling on and off?
14. Can you recommend any specific cleaners?

WARNING: To avoid personal injury or death, disconnect your appliance from its power source before you start any troubleshooting or repair work. Use caution working inside any appliance.

Why is there no power at all?

Most range vent hoods are designed to be wired directly into the household power supply, so if you have no power, check your fuse box or circuit breaker panel.

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Why doesn't my range vent hood fan work?

If the light is coming on, but the fan isn't, your problem is with the fan switch or the fan motor. You can access these from under the hood, without removing it. Check the fan switch (in the on position) for continuity. If there is continuity, then replace the fan motor.

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Why is my vent fan running at only one speed?

The first thing to check are the filters on your range vent hood. If these are full of grease, they could stop the flow of air and the fan may sound like it is only running at one speed. Once your filters are clean, you can check the fan switch and the fan motor to see if they are the problem. You can get to these from under the hood, without removing it.

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Why is my fan moving air, but it's not going outside?

Many vent hoods circulate air, but not all push the air outside of the home. You can tell if yours is a circulate-only, a vent-type hood, or a convertible hood by close examination of it.

Models with vent openings near the top front that the air blows through could be a circulate-only type of hood or a convertible type hood.

Models that have duct work coming out the top or back are probably a vent-type hood. Close examination will reveal what type you have.

If your hood has the vents in the front and the metal ductwork, then it is convertible. Careful inspection of the control panel may show a switch or lever to change where the range vent hood directs the air.

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Should I keep the vent fan on the whole time I'm cooking?

Yes, it is highly recommended that you keep the fan on the whole time you're cooking. By keeping the fan on continuously, you will keep the kitchen less humid, more comfortable, and you will keep the kitchen cleaner, reducing the need to wash walls and floors as often.

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Why won't my vent light dim?

When the vent light is on a low setting, the current travels through a diode which reduces the voltage by about half which lowers the level of lighting. Sometimes this diode goes bad and needs to be replaced. Some range vent hoods have a dimmer switch that let you adjust the light. If it doesn't work, you need to replace it.

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Why doesn't the range vent hood light work?

The first thing that you need to check is the light bulb. If the bulb is blown, replace it with a similar bulb to the one you removed. If the light doesn't work after the bulb is replaced, but the fan is working, then check the light switch (in the on position) and the light socket for continuity. If one or both of these do not have continuity, then replace the item.

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How do I clean the range vent hood?

If you have a painted range hood, you can clean it with a hot, damp cloth and a mild detergent, or use Mean Green, an excellent degreaser. Rinse it with a clean, hot, damp cloth to remove the detergent or degreaser, and then dry it with a clean cloth.

If you have a stainless steel range hood, use this Stainless Steel Cleaner which is available on our website. Be sure to wipe the surface in the direction of the grain. Rinse it with clean, warm water and dry it with a clean cloth. Never use a steel wool scouring pad to clean your vent hood. It will only scratch the surface. 

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What cleaners can I use to remove the grease from the surfaces?

There are many non-abrasive cleaners available for cleaning your range vent hood. Check out our appliance cleaners while you're visiting our site.

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How do I clean the grease filter?

Clean the metal mesh filters often. These can retain grease and be a fire hazard. Use a degreaser and hot water. This metal mesh filter can also be cycled through a dishwasher as well. Wipe the fan blades regularly. Make sure it is rinsed well after cleaning.

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When should I use the range vent hood?

You don’t need to use it for most things, but use your discretion. If you’re cooking a lot for a holiday or having guests, use a vented range hood . If you’re boiling a lot, you may want to vent all that excess moisture outside. Also, it is recommended to always turn on the range vent hood when you're cooking on high heat or want to flambet food.

Watch out for fire hazards! You must clean the grease traps regularly, as well as clean the vent ducting itself. Over time grease will build up in the vents. This is very dangerous. You should keep an A B C fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Never use water on a grease fire.

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Why doesn't my range vent hood remove odors and smoke?

Some range vent hoods only filter the air and recirculate it back into the room while others are vented to the outside. A combination vent hood can either vent outside, or filter and recirculate. Vent hoods are designed with exact ducting specifications. Do not exceed these as the performance of the hood will be reduced. Make sure to change your activated charcoal filters every 6-12 months or when they are visibly dirty or discoloured.

Make sure that the grease filter is clean and that the charcoal filter is not plugged or twisted. If the charcoal filter is old, replace it because you can not clean them. Look for animal nests or other debris blocking the ductwork. Make sure the damper can open and close properly. Make sure that the fan is working.

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Why does my fan keep cycling on and off?

If your fan keeps cycling on and off, it's time to clean the grease filter. The probable reason the fan is cycling so often is that the filter is clogged with grease, and severely reducing the air circulation causing the fan to overheat. It will turn itself off to protect itself from burning out.

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Can you recommend any specific cleaners?

We have many products that will help you clean your range vent hood. Please call us at the number above to purchase.

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