Cooker or Range Hoods, and Downdrafts are basically designed to simply remove cooking smells from the kitchen. However, why waste an opportunity to show off when you're right in the thick of things and where all the action is. With fancy styling and no end of lighting arrangements they really do draw the eye.
The process of doing what their main function is, removing cooking smells, is quite straightforward, and they can be very effective as long as they have been installed correctly.
Very often, in some locations, cooker/range hoods are installed incorrectly, i.e. without an attached vent hose to the exterior of the building. In this instance the hood does very little more than look pretty because it cannot carry the air away. It can suck the air towards itself but with nowhere to go its effectiveness is limited.
With that being said, there are really just a minor few possible issues:
1) THE HOOD IS NOT VERY EFFECTIVE IN REMOVING COOKING SMELLS
a. This could be because of the reason described above: the hood is not vented correctly, or at all.
b. There is a blockage in the vent hose, or the vent hose is restricted or kinked in some way.
c. The filter in the range hood needs to be cleaned or replaced.
d. The fan is not working properly.
2) THE EXTRACTOR FAN IS NOT WORKING
a. Is there power coming to the downdraft or the cooker hood?
b. Check the outlet and any fuse in the circuit.
3) THE LIGHT IN THE COOKER RANGE HOOD DOES NOT COME ON
a. Check that there is power coming to the unit. Try the fan. If that’s working, then there is power.
b. The bulb has probably blown and will need to be replaced. Take care when handling the new bulb, you should use a kitchen towel or Kleenex to prevent any oils or debris from you skin coming into contact with the glass. These bulbs get extremely hot and any material on the bulb surface can create a hot spot and cause the bulb to blow again.
4) ANYTHING ELSE…
a. If the hood is extremely hi-tech, then there are possibly more functions available than your regular cooker hood. Who knows, maybe it’s WIFI-enabled and has been talking to your fridge.
This is not a complete list of all the things that can require a repair on cooker hoods so if what you’re looking for is not covered, please give us a call for help or advice. Frederick Appliance Repairs on (301) 683-5959