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  • Through the rising sourdough making and banana bread baking trends (pun intended!), kitchens have certainly been working overtime during the COVID-19 lockdown. As intoxicating as the aroma of freshly baked delights, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant about regular maintenance to avoid costly repairs and doing often overlooked tasks like cleaning kitchen rangehoods are in tip-top condition.

    While not the most exciting of chores, cleaning kitchen rangehood filters properly and keeping them operating safely is vital. Avoiding common slow-burning hazards in the background could save you and your family costs in the future from long-term damage, not to mention putting your health out of harm’s way. Dirty kitchen range hoods (also known as vent hoods) create the perfect breeding environment for mould and bacteria to thrive from the grease build-up…imagine breathing that in unknowingly! Plus, well-maintained appliances work more efficiently, making cooking and baking even easier. 

    Caring for Your Kitchen Rangehood

    Set a reminder to check your filters.
    Take a good look under the kitchen rangehoods from time to time to see how well your filters are functioning. The purpose of a rangehood filter is to collect grease, so if it’s doing its job correctly, it’s going to look and feel greasy. Checking to make sure it’s not blocked, frequently spot cleaning kitchen rangehood filters with paper towels and a basic vinegar solution often will prolong its lifespan and keep cooking odours lingering.

    Cleaning kitchen rangehood filters every 3-6 weeks or after 40 hours of use.
    “How do I go about cleaning kitchen rangehood filters?” is a common question. If you’re cleaning them by hand, soak in hot water and mild detergent for 10 minutes, then, use a soft dish brush to clean. Lastly, rinse and dry with a cloth over air-drying. If your filters are dishwasher-safe, just pop them into the dishwasher on a short program at low-moderate temperature. 

    Degrease and clean the body of your kitchen rangehood
    Disconnect from the power supply to prevent shock, then, spray a stainless-steel degreaser (or diluted dishwashing liquid) onto a wet microfiber cloth and wipe the surface in the direction of the grain. 

    Cleaning the fan or replacing the motor
    Hearing weird noises? If your motor is excessively loud and it probably needs to be cleaned. When exposed to excessive humidity and grease, the motor and its bearings will not function properly. You can remove this part and clean it with a degreaser or if that doesn’t work, it’s a sign that the motor needs to be replaced. 

    Need a closer look at maintaining your appliances? Our team of expert electricians can help you out. Call us now at 0411 438 738.

     

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