DIY Range Hood Repair: Repairing a Faulty Range Hood Exhaust System


The range hood is among our ever dependable kitchen buddies. It helps us prepare our food conveniently every day. One thing that I most loved about this cooking appliance over others is its ability to exhaust smoke and food smells out of the house. However, due to wear and tear and with the constant usage of the appliance, we cannot help but encounter problems. The most common of it is a clogged exhaust system. The following paragraphs will give you ideas on how to manage the problem without commercial mold inspection Charlotte NC help.

If your range hood does not properly take out smoke and food smells out of your kitchen, it could be most likely due to either a clogged exhaust duct or a faulty fan. The good news is that repairing these problems doesn’t take much time or expertise. Below is a list of what you should do:

How to Unclog the Grease Filter or Exhaust Duct

1. Remove the grease filter off the range hood. This can be done by sliding it out from the clips holding it to the appliance.

2. Prepare a plastic pan filled with hot, soapy water and 1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) ammonia and submerge the grease filter. Leave it to soak until clean and free from dirt deposits, then rinse it thoroughly and set it aside to dry.

3. Remove the exhaust fan. The fan can be removed by unscrewing it from the hood using a screwdriver and socket. Be sure to turn off the exhaust fan before performing this step.

4. Clean the fan blades. Do this by dipping an old toothbrush into a cleaning solution (ammonia-water mixture) and then brushing it into the fan blades. Use hand gloves when doing this to avoid unnecessary injuries.

5. Clean the inside of the exhaust duct-work. You can use a plumber’s snake with a heavy rag tied around the end to do this efficiently. Push the snake through the duct-work. Soak the rag in the ammonia and water mixture, and then run it through the duct-work. Rinse the rag and repeat the operation until the duct appears to be clean.

6. Clean the exhaust hood attached outside your house. Scrub off any grit and grime around the flapper plate using the old toothbrush and ammonia-water solution. Your goal in this step is to make sure that the plate moves freely when you’re done. A stuck flapper plate is also a reason your range hood exhaust is not functioning properly.

People are truly creative when it comes to home repairs.

We will find ways to fix a leaky faucet or some duct work in innovative ways with household items, or we develop creative wiring methods to provide electricity where we need it. Truly concerning is our ability to repair items in such a way that can cause serious harm. For this reason, I would like to mention some things that I see all to frequently, so you can avoid these mistakes.

There is not enough room here to go into the details of how to accomplish these tasks. Besides there are several good books, which have easy to follow steps and diagrams. I have found repair manuals like these in used book stores, but they are not too bad at other places. These volumes are great for homeowners who want to tackle projects themselves.

Extension cord outlets seem to be a favorite means of delivering power to equipment outside.

I have seen small extension cords cut in half and passed through the wall where there is a small opening. The cords are then spliced back together with tape, so water can get in and short out the circuit. Most cords of this size are not rated to handle the type of usage you would be planning to handle, so they start to overheat, and the casing will melt away. If you need an outlet for Christmas lights, I recommend installing an outlet in your soffit. The soffit is the board under the overhang of the roof. Find a junction box in the attic from which you can run a wire. Look for where a rafter comes down to attach the outlet box to it. The outlet does not need to be GFCI in this location, but it would be a good idea to go ahead with a GFCI outlet here. Attach wires to rafters and joists with wire clips. If you need an outlet for tools outside, the easiest method would be running the wire through a conduit tube to the outlet box. Here you would definitely need a GFCI outlet with a cover. Make sure that the conduit and the box are securely attached to the wall. Any wiring running outside the building needs to be secured with clips every few feet. The other major wiring problem I see is using the wrong junction box, particularly with no cover.

Putting globs of silicone seems to be the common solution to a commercial mold remediation Charlotte NC. The really amazing thing is that most plumbing parts which need to be replaced for a leak are not really that expensive, but here is the catch, you need to buy the correct part. If you know the manufacturer of your fixture, finding a replacement part is much easier, but I have found that going to a good hardware store you will find someone to help you with finding the right part.


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