In WoodMe we now want to tell you about kitchen hoods, how we can clean them, maintain them and even what to do when they break down or the types that exist depending on the state of our kitchen.
Range hoods, also called extractors, are essential elements in any kitchen, as they help remove airborne grease, as well as smoke, odors, heat and vapor from the air of everything we cook.
How range hoods work:
- Kitchen hoods operate by means of a fan that they have in their internal part and which allow the evacuation of air through filters.
- The lower part is known as the “skirt” and this is where the gases are trapped. The filters allow airborne grease not to enter the fan, while the fan will function as an extractor.
Types and materials of range hoods:
- There are two types of range hoods depending on their installation. On the one hand, we have the Candidates, which extract gas and air using a fan and exit through an exhaust duct. These are perhaps the most common.
- On the other hand, we have filter hoods, in which the air and gases sucked by the fan pass through a filter in the hood and return to the kitchen, partly purified.
- Regarding the materials that extractor hoods are made from, it can be said that the vast majority of current hoods are made of aluminum, although they can be found in addition to stainless steel, copper, wood, brass, etc.
- In addition, the most modern kitchen hoods incorporate technological “improvements” such as the remote control for their activation, a noise reduction system, an air flow direction system, or for example one that warns us of a filter cleaning reminder.
Clean kitchen hood:
- Cleaning a range hood is a fairly straightforward task which can be a bit more onerous, due to being at a considerable height and having to climb a ladder to be able to reach all corners.
- To clean the outside of the hood, any specific product will suffice, although we can also choose a little water and detergent (washing dishes is good enough for us). If it’s from stainless steel you can do this with a tablespoon of ammonia.
- To clean the inside of the hood, you can do it with an ammonia-soaked sponge, being very careful not to wet the motor.
Attach the kitchen hood:
- If, on the other hand and over time, we see that the hood does not work, either because it does not activate or does not light up when necessary, or because it does not suck in anything despite the ignition and the noise, we should look inside and check if one of the parts is broken.
- Usually the problem will be in the motor which we have to carefully disassemble, always with the extractor disconnected, to clean it and re-grease it as well as to check if it is broken somewhere.
- Here are videos on how to repair a range hood, although it will always be a good idea to consult a professional to give us an estimate of the cost of the repair.
Videos how to repair hoods: