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Greasy Fan Motor and Blades: A Common Issue in Canopy Hood Exhaust Systems

Cleaning Advice / January 10, 2024


When you’re whipping up a storm in the kitchen, it’s easy to forget about the silent workhorse above: your canopy hood exhaust system. This kitchen buddy often gets sidelined until a greasy film covers your fan motor and blades, turning it into a grimy mess. It’s not just about the ick factor; a dirty exhaust can be a safety hazard and efficiency thief!

Why Do Fan Motors and Blades Get So Greasy?

It’s all about what you cook and how you cook it. Frying, grilling, and other high-heat cooking methods send a mix of oil, moisture, and tiny food particles airborne. Over time, this concoction settles on your exhaust system’s fan motor and blades, creating a sticky, greasy layer. Left unchecked, this gunk can spell trouble.

The Downside of Neglect: Risks of a Greasy Exhaust System

A greasy exhaust fan isn’t just unpleasant to look at. It can:

  • Reduce air circulation, making your kitchen stuffier.
  • Become a fire hazard if grease build-up gets too thick.
  • Strain the motor, leading to costly repairs or replacements.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

  1. Safety First: Turn off the power supply to your canopy hood.
  2. Remove the Filters: These can usually be slid or popped out easily.
  3. Cleaning the Filters: Soak them in a degreasing solution and scrub gently.
  4. Attacking the Grease on Blades and Motor: Use a degreaser and a soft cloth or brush to gently clean the blades and motor. Be careful not to damage any electrical components.
  5. Rinse and Dry: Wipe everything down with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.
  6. Reassemble: Put the clean, dry filters back in place.

Prevention: Better than Cure

  • Regular Cleaning: Don’t wait for the grease to pile up. A monthly clean can save you from a greasy nightmare.
  • Cooking Habits: Using lids while cooking can reduce grease splatter.
  • Quality Filters: Invest in good-quality filters that can trap more grease.

FAQs About Greasy Exhaust Systems

How often should I clean my canopy hood exhaust fan?

Regular monthly cleaning is recommended to prevent heavy grease build-up.

Can I use any household cleaner for my exhaust system?

It’s best to use a degreaser specifically designed for kitchen appliances.

Is it safe to clean the motor and blades by myself?

Yes, but always ensure the power is off and be gentle with the components.

What are the signs that my exhaust system needs cleaning?

Reduced efficiency, visible grease build-up, and strange noises are common indicators.

In conclusion, keeping your canopy hood exhaust system free from greasy fan motors and blades is crucial for a safe and efficient kitchen. At Eco Cleaning Brisbane, our team of friendly, licensed, and insured cleaners brings over 20 years of experience to ensure your kitchen remains a clean, safe haven. Remember, a clean kitchen is a happy kitchen!

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