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Range Line Cook Hoods: How To Keep Them Clean And Running Smoothly

May 9, 2011
Written by: Kristyn A Lambrecht

If you're in the restaurant business, then most likely you have a couple of cook line range hoods. And if you've been in the restaurant business for a while, then you know that cleaning these hoods is quite the task. However, there are several tips to cleaning hoods that can help you waste less time. Getting down and dirty with cleaning doesn't have to be an arduous task - you just need to know the tricks of the trade. If you purchased your hood line from a used restaurant equipment dealer, then they may have given you a few tips on how to properly manage your hood lines. But if not, here's the breakdown.
Hopefully, you're familiar with the filter on your hood. This is the silver (usually) screen that gets built up with grease - it basically absorbs oil and grease before they have a chance to get into the exhaust and vents, which is an entirely different problem altogether. Make sure that you keep these filters clean as much as possible. To keep these filters clean, remove them once a week and soak them in a degreasing solution, and then immediately rinse with warm, soapy water until the filters look clean. If you purchased your hoods from a used restaurant equipment listing, then hopefully they were cleaned by the previous owner. If not, follow the steps above to get your filters back on track.
For the most part, your hood fan won't need an incredible amount of maintenance; however, there are exceptions, especially if you're purchased a hood from a used restaurant equipment directory. The older the fan becomes, the more prone to needing to be replaced it becomes. Over time, the fan might become stiff and need to be periodically greased; in the worst cases, the motor and bearings might need to be replaced. Also, the blower wheel will most likely get greasy and dirty the longer it has been in use; you can solve this problem by removing it and soaking it in a degrease solution until it looks clean again. If the fan is still functioning slower than normal or vibrating irregularly, then you'll most likely need to replace the motor.
If there's a fan vent on your hood, then periodically checking for grease buildup on the outside of the vent hood is an easy way to keep it clean. Often, grease buildup on the outside of a vent hood signifies buildup on the inside; if this is the case, then contact a used restaurant equipment services listing to have it professionally cleaned. It should be working again in no time!


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