Cut the grease! Clean those range hoods!
Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Let’s face it, not much is worse than a range hood that’s greasy and grimy. Even worse is when you're running it each time you cook and the smell and smoke aren’t even being removed anymore. When your range hood reaches this point you would have already started to notice the grease building up on your cabinetry and other surfaces. Some simple routine maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your home smell and smoke free.
For starters cleaning the filter baffles at least once per month will keep your hood operating efficiently. Clean baffles mean that less grease will reach the blower that can lead to decreased efficiency. MKM recommends taking the baffles apart completely and spraying with a green grease cleaner. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and the grease will wash right off, although some areas may require a little elbow grease. Many manufacturers say you can put them in the dishwasher and this will work moderately, but it won’t work as well as hand washing with a grease cleaner.
The second thing we recommend is cleaning the blower blades if you’re able to remove and service them away from the hood. Be aware than many range hoods do not have removable blower blades and an electrician would be required to remove the entire blower prior to cleaning. With that in mind you can see how important it is to keep your baffles clean so your blower can have the longest life possible.
We recommend a quarterly to semiannual cleaning to be done by a professional, depending on how heavily you use your range hood. Doing so is a great way to ensure your range hood can operate safely and efficiently for years to come.
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