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Range hood fan poorly removes smoke, odor and grease /
water vapor from your kitchen.
/ Materials (See Below
Screwdriver (or other fastening device as determined by the
manufacturer's use of fasteners)
Plumber's snake (or a long stick to which you'll attach a the
dampened cloth/rag in order to reach hard areas of range hood
Bucket of warm water and general soap/detergent therein
range hood fan motor replacement
Range hood fans and bathroom exhaust fans alike,
essentially, are each just a motor attached with blades or
propellers. If your range hood fan poorly removes smoke, odor
and grease / water vapor from your kitchen, either of two causes are
the following: 1) Your range hood fan ducting is cluttered / clogged
with accumulated debris; or 2) Your range hood fan motor is failing
in operation (and must be replaced).
Caution: When dealing with any device that
requires electrical power, make sure you take precautions before
you work on it, including disconnecting the power.
If your range hood fan poorly removes smoke, odor
and grease / water vapor from your kitchen, do the following:
fasteners (e.g., screws) from the cover of the range hood fan
and take off the cover to gain access to the interior thereof,
using either a screwdriver or other fastener device that is more
As a precaution,
use a voltage meter to make sure that the wires connected to the
fan are not live (have no power running through them).
(You should have disconnected the power to the fan from the
circuit breaker long ago, if you haven't done so already.)
Remove the grease
filter and submerge it into a bucket of warm water and general
soap / detergent; scrub and wipe off all particles/debris (such
as grease) foreign to the original composition of the filter.
Having a clear
view of the range hood fan, disconnect any cord from it
and remove it, using a screwdriver or other fastener device that
is more appropriate. (Most fans do not require the need
for dealing with any electrical wires in order to replace a fan
motor. In fact, most fan motors simply are inserted into a
receptacle within the fan housing and removed just as easily.)
Having done so,
use the dampened cloth/rag, soaked in a general detergent/soap,
to clean the propellers / blades of the removed range hood fan
with a scrubber brush.
Then use a vacuum
and its wand extender to vacuum up all "chunks" of accumulated
debris found in the ductwork itself.
Follow this with
a wet wipe of the interior ductwork, using the dampened
cloth/rag securely attached to a long stick or otherwise tied to
the end of a hand-cranked plumber's snake to have said cloth/rag
"barrel" through the ductwork in giving it a good clean.
the grease filter and the fan motor back into place, and put the
cover of the range hood fan back into place by securing it with
the fasteners (e.g., screws) that originally were removed to
provide access for the aforesaid installation.
power, and the range hood fan should then be working normally as
it once did.
If the above does
not work, you must follow the cautionary precautions set forth
above (disconnect power to fan from the breaker and ensure no
power to fan by using a voltage meter), and once again remove
the cover of the range hood fan and the range hood fan motor
itself to take to a home improvement store or appliance parts
store (or shop online) for a fan motor replacement.
Install the new
fan motor replacement just as you saw the old one installed.
In almost all instances, this just involves the act of the
inserting the fan motor replacement into its designated
receptacle within the fan housing.
Finally, put the
cover of the range hood fan back into place by securing it
with the fasteners (e.g., screws) that originally were removed
to provide access for the aforesaid installation.
power, and the range hood fan should then be working
normally as it once did.
Handyman Zone Team
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