With good maintenance, kitchen range hoods live for many years without losing functionality
A range hood can work wonders for our kitchen lives; its main function is to eliminate smells and grease particles from the food we prepare. However, in order to clear the air, it has a delicate filter mechanism in which waste can easily get stuck, eventually turning into dirt.
Range hoods also have internal motors that, if not well handled, may deteriorate and reduce its lifetime. When we buy an appliance for our kitchen, we expect them to last for a long time so we don't have to replace them constantly. For that reason, here are some preventive measures you should take to avoid deterioration:
Time it should be turned on: Range hoods work with high potency to gather all the contaminated air, therefore, they have to be turned on only a few minutes before we start cooking and turn off just when we finish. If it stays for a long time on, internal pieces may damage and even burn out the motor.
Correct installation: Another factor lifetime depends on, is the way the product gets installed; if done wrong, the functioning can be affected due to mistaken plugging and power cords which will generate a short circuit reaching other areas. It is important to make sure an expert does this work.
Regular cleaning: Extracted fumes contain fat particles, which adhere to the grids, so it's cleaning them as often as we use them, internal and external. Otherwise, dirt will get stuck preventing the air from being properly filtered. Remember not to use abrasive products.
Monitoring filters: This matter has a lot to do with the previous point. Because its function is to catch oily substances and separate smells from the air for it to recirculate cleanly to the environment, its recommended to check on them every 2 or 3 months, and wash them in hot water.
There are yet another determining factors in the range hood lifetime, such as the materials it is made of, the quality, frequency of use, the type of kitchen and even climate. At Elica we bet on vanguard appliances, with the most advanced technology, resistant materials like stainless steel and more powerful performance than others. We have innovative models that best adapt to every home, get to know more about them on our website.