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Vent-A-Hood® Owner Maintenance and Repair Topics
For your kitchen ventilation system to work properly, it is important to clean the blower housing or filters regularly. Please review the procedure you’re your model. Range Hoods will be equipped with the Magic Lung® blower system, the K250 blower system or a remote blower system RM 1000/RM 1500.
Hood Cleaning – Models with K250 Blower
Wipe down the interior and exterior of the hood as needed with a soft cloth and warm soapy water (liquid dish detergent is acceptable). Do not use acids, abrasives, strong detergents, solvents, or scouring pads. Stainless steel should be treated with a quality stainless steel cleaner such as Stainless Steel Magic® (Vent-A-Hood® part number SS64). Follow all label instructions. Do not polish across the grain or in circles.
Blower Unit WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, be sure the blower is turned off in the hood before removing the grease pan.
The Vent-A-Hood® Magic Lung® blower captures grease by-products in the grease pan attached to the bottom of the blower. Cooking habits determine how often the grease pan will need to be cleaned. High fat content foods and heavy cooking may require cleaning after each use.
To remove the grease pan, un-snap the suitcase latches (A) (one on each side of the pan).
The grease pan (B) may now be lowered from the hood.
Clean the grease pan in a sink of warm soapy water (liquid dish detergent) and let soak for a few minutes. Wash with sponge or dishcloth, rinse and let drain. Reinstall grease pan and snap suitcase latches in place. The grease pan alternatively may be placed into a dishwasher.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, be sure the blower is turned off in the hood before removing the grease pan.
Regular cleaning of the grease pan should prevent grease accumulation on the blower wheel. If grease build up should occur, the blower wheel may easily be cleaned in place using a soft bristle toothbrush and a common degreaser such as Formula 409®. Take care not to move or lose the metal balancing clips that may be affixed to the wheel. In instances where the blower wheel may need to be removed, follow the instructions on the next page.
Remove the grease pan as described in Hood Cleaning, Section B. Removing the blower wheel requires a 1/8” hex wrench. A T-handle hex wrench (A) is available from Vent-A-Hood® to accomplish this (Part # AW101). There is a small set screw on the side of the hub of the wheel that tightens up against a “flat” spot on the motor shaft. The set screw must be rotated counterclockwise ½ turn to remove the blower wheel. Insert wrench through the guide hole (B) located next to the left blower housing latch, through the blades of the blower wheel, and into the set screw. Use caution to avoid bending or distorting the blower wheel and take care not to move or lose the metal balancing clips that may be affixed to the wheel.
A soft bristle toothbrush with warm soapy water may be used to clean the blades, or soak the blower wheel in warm soapy water. When reinstalling the wheel onto the motor shaft, make sure the set screw makes direct contact with the “flat spot” on the motor shaft. Slide the blower wheel onto the motor shaft as far as it will go, and tighten the set screw (clockwise) to lock the blower wheel in the correct position.