Maintenance Tips for your Range Hood
Your range hood is probably the most neglected, yet hardest working appliances in your home. As much as you might enjoy the smell of your cooking, it’s doubtful you want that smell all over your home and that’s where your range hood comes in. However, without some preventative maintenance, your range hood will not be working at its optimal performance and the rest of your house will soon smell like the fish you cooked the night before. Luckily, taking care of your range hood is easy, so keep reading for maintenance tips for your range hood.
- The most essential part of your range hood is the filter. It might be charcoal or washable stainless steel but if it’s not kept clean, it will not do the job efficiently and can cause problems with the functioning of your range hood.
If your hood has a charcoal filter, it should be replaced every three to six months, depending on the amount of cooking you do and the types of food you cook. If you’re cooking involves a lot of frying, then three months is a good range, and six months is good for other types of cooking. Many homeowners use the three-month range since they change the filter the same time they change the air-conditioning filter for their home.
If your range hood uses a washable stainless steel filter, then once a month is a good schedule for cleaning. Check the owner’s manual but many can be put in the dishwasher for quick and easy cleaning. Make sure the filter is dry before replacing in the range hood and the range hood should not be operated until it is replaced.
- Have a cleaning schedule for your range hood. A good rule of thumb is to wipe down your range hood the same time you wipe down your stove. Give the range hood a good cleaning every time you thoroughly clean your stove.
- Dish soap and water make a good economical cleaner. A combination of dish soap and water will remove most dirt and oil from your range hood, although you might want to check your owner’s manual to be sure. When cleaning the range hood, clean the fan blades and light bulb as well. To minimize chances of damaging the electronic components of your range hood, spray the mixture on a towel or sponge, not directly into your range hood.
- Have a good appliance specialist. In the case of malfunction of your range hood or other appliance, a good appliance specialist is a godsend. If you’re new to the area or aren’t pleased with the company you currently use, then ask a friend or do an internet search to find a reputable company like Barry’s appliance.
Maintaining your range hood is not hard as long as it’s kept clean on a regular schedule. Keep it clean and the only place you’ll smell your food is in your kitchen.