Extractor Hood Faults & Solutions
Extractor Hood Faults & Solutions

Extractor Hood Faults & Solutions

Extractor Hood Faults & Solutions Your extractor hood has broken down or is no longer working properly: you’re full of smoke! Give your hood new aspiration by repairing it yourself. Don’t make a big deal of it! With the help of our diagnostic tool, you can quickly find the faulty component. To do so, look out for the distress signals sent by your appliance: the extractor hood no longer sucks in properly, it has become very noisy or, worse still, the extractor hood doesn’t switch on at all!

Extractor Hood Fault & Solution

All you have to do is follow the instructions in the article to test the various components involved and finally identify the culprit! However, if you cannot find the responsible part, call our technical experts to the rescue! They will be able to help you out, either by phone, e-mail or live video conference. You will then know which spare part to order while looking for the best repair tutorial in our virtual workshop.

The airflow in my extractor hood is poor

Do you constantly feel like your extractor hood is not pulling the air from your room adequately? While you will know with a brand new extractor if it’s working or not, it’s unlikely that you’ll find a partial breakdown on an extractor which has been fine for years. Being relatively simple appliances, your extractor either works or it doesn’t. If your extractor isn’t working it could most likely be the motor which has broken and will undoubtedly require replacing.

Often it can actually be the ventilation itself preventing the extractor performing properly. It’s always good to check the outside of your building to establish whether the air is being pulled through, if your vent is blocked or the slats have become locked on the outside, all of which should be easy to fix.

My extractor hood lights won’t work

One of the most common issues with extractor hoods is the lights fitted into the appliance. These are often difficult to change and can seem to break more often than regular lights, but here are two things to keep in mind when it comes to such lighting:

  • Firstly, these lights are meant to be used to light the hob below while you cook. They should not be left on for extended periods or used to light the room as a whole. By leaving these lights on for a longer period, you’re more likely to blow them.
  • Secondly, because they aren’t designed to be on for long periods, these lights can get very hot (something you’ll know if you’ve ever accidentally touched them). This overheating of the bulbs can lead to wiring issues and could even result in them burning through their casing, sending them crashing down onto your hob.

The key to keeping extractor lights in good working order is to only use them when you need them. Eventually they will die out anyway and at this point you can replace the bulbs if they are of a standard variety. Consulting the manual which came with the extractor hood will often reveal how to remove lights safely – you may need a small sucker pad to grip and unscrew them in some cases.

There is a bad smell coming from my extractor fan

As with any appliance, a little general maintenance goes a long way. Your extractor should be passing air out of the building, but if you notice a smell emanating from within, there are a few possible causes. The most common cause of extractor hood smells is dust and grease accumulating in the initial filter. Most hoods will have removable filters or grates which you can give a quick wash; you’ll be surprised how much muck and mould can accumulate if left untouched.

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