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How To Make Your Range Hood Last
By ZACHARY MCCARTHY
A good quality range hood can keep your kitchen free of smoke and odors for over a decade if you properly maintain it. Regularly wipe down your range hood with non-abrasive cleaners or a microfiber cloth with warm soapy water to keep it looking new while eliminating exterior blemishes.
You should also clean your range hood’s filters, which is easy if you have machine-washable filters that you can wash monthly, but disposable charcoal filters should be replaced every three to six months. Wipe away built-up grease from your fans, and when you notice your range hood isn’t sucking up smoke and odors like it used to, clean the vent as well.
In addition to cleaning your hood, change how you operate it by using a less powerful speed setting and investing in a more powerful motor to keep your space free of smoke without overusing it. Generally, your range hood should be between 28- and 36-inches away from your cooktop to avoid overworking your motor, so check that it’s not installed too high.