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Troubleshooting 3 Common Range Hood Problems

Troubleshooting 3 Common Range Hood Problems

A range hood is an integral part of your kitchen, playing a key role in maintaining air quality, keeping your cooking smells from taking over your house plus reducing smoke and grease.  However, like any other appliance, range hoods break, stop working, and make you wonder how can I fix this? Let Maydone show you how!

My Range Hood is Not Ventilating 

This is one of the most prevalent range hood issues, and the most important to deal with since adequate ventilation is precisely what you get a range hood for. 

If you notice that yours isn’t working on removing smoke or odors from your home, then there might be a problem with the ventilation parts or functions.

How To Fix a Range Hood That is Not Ventilating 

  1. Check the Filters: Since range hoods work to eliminate cooking oils, and smells you can sometimes have grease, and grime accumulated in the filters. 

That debris can mess up your ventilation by clogging the filter and reducing its effectiveness. 

Check the filter for residue or obstruction, most range hood filters can be cleaned thoroughly with warm soapy water, some metal ones are even dishwasher-safe. Check your appliance manual before washing them. 

Afterward, let them dry and place them in place again. 

If the grease won’t budge, then replace the filter altogether. 

Remember that cooking grease can become a fire hazard if not dealt with promptly. 

  1. Check the Range Hood’s Ductwork: The ductwork is what connects your range hood to the exterior vent so it can extract the fumes and oils from your kitchen. Like the filters, this can also get clogged or blocked over time. 

Check for any obstructions and clear them if necessary. 

Also, make sure that the ductwork is properly connected and sealed to prevent air leaks.

The best way to prevent duct problems is to get your range hood professionally installed by Maydone. 

  1. Increase your Duct Size: Sometimes when your range hood is not adequately ventilating your space it can be because it needs more room to do so.

An undersized duct can lead to extraction issues since the diameter of the duct will prevent proper airflow and extraction.

My Range Hood is So Noisy

Nobody wants to live with a noisy range hood every time you use it, not really the cooking soundtrack you want.

It can also mean something is loose or not working properly in your appliance so it’s best to check it out immediately. 

How to Fix a Noisy Range Hood 

Tighten Loose Components: With continued use screws and fasteners can become loose due to the vibrations generated by the range hood extraction. 

  • Start by turning off the range hood and inspecting it for any loose parts. 
  • Use a screwdriver or wrench to tighten any loose screws or connections.

Check for Debris: Loose objects like screws or small debris from food, can get caught in the range hood fan blades, causing rattling or other noises. 

  • Turn off the range hood, and carefully inspect the fan area to remove anything that shouldn’t be there. 

Replace Worn Parts: If you can’t find loose objects or parts, the noise might simply be caused by worn-out components from the fan motor or other parts of the range hood. 

In this case, it might be best to contact a professional technician to replace the faulty parts.

My Range Hood has Bad Lighting

One of the key and most used features of a range hood is the additional lighting they provide while cooking, making this an annoying plus to lose. 

If you’re struggling with poor lighting, these are some fixes you can try. 

How to Fiz a Bad Lighting from a Range Hood 

Replace Bulbs: Start with the simplest solution, and get some new bulbs to address the problem. 

Clean the Cover: Again the culprits could be grease and grime, your light could be working fine but be diluted by a filter of grease in the cover.

Remove the cover, clean it, and try the light again. 

Upgrade to LED Lights: If you’re still not satisfied with your range hood lighting, you can consider upgrading to LED bulbs. 

Newer LED lights are more energy-efficient and produce less heat. Plus, they provide brighter and more consistent illumination.

Fixing your Range Hood: DIY or call the experts 

A well-functioning range hood is beneficial for a clean kitchen, eliminating smells from your home and making cooking more pleasant all around. So, keep your eye on the little issues to make your kitchen run like a five-star restaurant. 


Most of these issues have an easy fix you can handle yourself. However, remember to trust the professional if you find yourself in over your head. You know you can always call Maydone for any range hood repairs and more!

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