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"Steam and cooking fumes are spilling out from under the hood, who should I call?"
It's important to find a service company with expertise in range hoods and ventilation, since the cause for this problem could be either maintenance- or repair-oriented, e.g.: old or clogged hood air filters, broken fan blades, a failing kitchen exhaust motor, fan motor or blower motor, obstructions in fans or vents.
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"My hood fan is squeaking and making noises, how can I fix that?"
A squeaky hood fan is usually the result of dirt build-up, or a fan motor that's no longer working.
The first step is to clean the hood fan. Even if dirt and grease build-up isn't the problem, the hood and fan should be kept free of grease for safety reasons. To clean the hood fan: make sure the fan is off, and that the entire hood unit is unplugged or the breaker switch is turned off; clean using only a sponge, cloth or other appropriate cleaning fabric; do NOT spray any liquid up into the fan or vent area – sprays can damage electrical components; clean any grease build-up from the fan blades, hood, and any other surface where you see grease – warm, soapy water with a little baking soda does a good job.
If cleaning the hood fan doesn't stop the noise, it's time to contact a pro who can diagnose whether the problem is the fan motor, the blower wheel, or some other part … and recommend the best course of action.
"Who should I call if my hood needs repairs?"
For hood repairs, a professional appliance service and repair company – with experience in range hoods and venting – is unquestionably your best option.
Knowledgeable service and repair companies will be able to help with issues like: smoke or air not venting outside of the kitchen or home, fan problems, issues with fan/exhaust/blower motors and other exhaust system parts, lights, keypads or other electronic components malfunctioning, ducts and filters.
"How often should kitchen hood filters be cleaned?"
How frequently you clean or replace your hood filter depends on the type of filter you have. If you aren't sure, refer to your user manual.
If you have a charcoal filter, it can’t be cleaned. You should plan on replacing it once a year, or more frequently if you cook a lot.
If you have a metal filter, it should be cleaned at least once a year, or more often if you cook a lot. Metal filters can be cleaned by soaking them in warm soapy water with a little baking soda added.
"The hood lights aren't working, what can I do to fix it?"
It's possible that all you need is a replacement bulb. If you can locate, inspect and replace any dead bulbs, you're all set.
However, if you're satisfied that the problem isn't a dead bulb, then the issue might be: a faulty socket, a broken light assembly, a bad control board, a poor electrical connection, or, some other electrical issue.
If it's not a bulb, then it's probably time to call in a range hood service and repair company.