If you are like me, there is a hood ventilator located above your kitchen stove. There is also a good chance that you’ve thought about giving it a good cleaning. If you have never cleaned a stove’s hood ventilator fan before, you may also be wondering about how to get the job done. As a person that’s cleaned a few hood ventilator fans in her day, I can offer a few suggestions in that regard. Here they are:
Types of Hood Ventilator Systems
Before attempting to clean your stove’s hood ventilator, you should know that there are different types of hood ventilator systems. Some hood ventilators use fan based systems and others use blower based systems. In my experience, fan based systems are easier to clean and service. Blower based systems must be cleaned in an different way and as such are not addressed in this article.
In order to clean and service a residential, fan based, hood ventilator, you’ll need a screwdriver and a container of food grade machine oil. You’ll also need a container of degreaser, some lint-free rags and hot water. Instead of purchasing a special lint-free cloth, I’d suggest that you consider using cloth baby diapers instead. A dozen cotton flat diapers will cost you $18. They are super absorbent and stand up to repeated washings far better than any specialty cleaning cloth that I have ever owned.
Remove the Ventilator Fan
Start by turning off your ventilator fan’s electrical supply. Next, unclip the grease filters. You may want to soak the grease filters in a bucket filled with hot water and degreaser while you work on cleaning the rest of the ventilator fan. That way they should be clean and ready to be installed by the time you finish working on the fan. With the grease filters removed, use your screwdriver to disconnect the ventilator fan from its housing.
Clean and Oil the Ventilator Fan
Inspect the ventilator fan’s blades for dirt and damage. Carefully remove any grease and grime with a damp cloth. Do not submerge the fan in a cleaning solution or allow water to get near the electrical parts. If you do get the fan’s electrical parts wet, it will render the fan useless. If the fan’s blades are damaged, you may also want to consider replacing them at this time. Replacement ventilator fan blades are available for purchase through appliance parts suppliers. Once the fan’s blades are clean, go ahead and lubricate the fan’s shaft with some food grade machine oil. You’ll also want to clean the rest of the hood ventilator’s surfaces at this time.
Reinstall the Ventilator Fan
After the hood ventilator has been cleaned and wiped dry, reinstall the fan and the grease filters. You’ll also need to restore electrical power to the fan. Once that’s done, your stove’s hood ventilator should be ready for use.
Source: Personal Experience
Killeen Gonzalez has a history of completing DIY home improvement projects with her family.
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