November 1, 2014

Range hood common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff
Range hood common questions.
Range hood common questions.

These common questions about range hoods are the ones our experts hear the most often from our customers. You might also find the help you need by checking the common symptoms and solutions for range hoods. When you’re ready to make a repair, search your model number to find replacement parts. Sears PartsDirect has the part you need, no matter where you bought your range hood.

Why doesn’t my range hood work?

If the range hood doesn’t work at all, check whether the house circuit breaker has tripped; if so, reset it. A break in the power supply wiring also would prevent the range hood from powering up. 

If the range hood has power, the problem could be with the electronic control board or the selection switches. 

Why don’t the range hood lights work?

If the range hood lights don’t come on but the fan works, check whether the light bulbs are burned out. If the light bulbs aren’t burned out, the vent hood may need a new electronic control board or light switch. A wiring failure can also cause this problem. Check the wiring connections.

Why doesn’t the range hood fan work?

If the range hood fan doesn’t work but the lights come on, remove the filters and check the fan blade to see if it's jammed or blocked. If you can manually rotate the fan blade, the fan blade could be defective. 

If the fan motor isn’t being activated, the problem could be with the control board or fan switch. 

A failure in the wire harness could also prevent the fan from running.

Where can I get replacement filters for my range hood?

You can order replacement filters for range hoods from Sears PartsDirect. Use the full model number of your range hood to look up the correct replacement filters.

Where can I get replacement light bulbs for my range hood?

You can order replacement light bulbs for range hoods from PartsDirect. Use the full model number of your range hood to look up the correct replacement light bulbs.

Can my range hood be vented into the attic?

Range hoods can’t be vented to the attic. Range hoods should be vented to the outside of your home through a proper exhaust vent duct system. Most models can be configured to recirculate the exhaust air through a charcoal filter and back into the kitchen space. Venting the range hood to the attic or similar space inside the home isn’t recommended because the exhaust air is laden with flammable grease and odors.

How do I clean the range hood grease filter?

Clean the range hood’s grease filter by washing it in warm water and a mild detergent. You can also wash most grease filters in your dishwasher. Rinse the grease filter well and let it dry completely before reinstalling. Refer to your owner’s manual for more guidelines.

Can the range hood charcoal filter be washed?

The range hood’s charcoal filter can’t be washed. Replace it every 6 months to 1 year. Replace the charcoal filter immediately if it becomes clogged with grease or residue.

Why is the range hood fan noisy?

Range hood fan noise can be caused by loose installation mounting screws in the range hood. Tighten any loose screws in the brackets and body of the range hood that fasten the range hood to the back wall and upper cabinet. Also tighten loose screws or bolts that secure the fan motor to the fan mounting bracket. An unbalanced or loose fan blade can cause vibration noise. Check the fan blade for damage or looseness. Tighten or replace the fan blade if necessary. 

What type of cleaner can I use on the range hood?

Range hoods should be washed regularly with a clean cloth, warm water and mild detergent. Rinse well with clean water and dry immediately.  Use manufacturer-recommended stainless-steel polish on stainless-steel range hoods. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific guidelines on cleaning the range hood.

What are sones?

A sone is a standard unit of loudness. The sone rating is used to compare the noise output of range hoods when the exhaust fan is running. One sone is approximately the equivalent of a small desk fan. Normal conversation is about 4 sones. 

Symptoms common to all range hoods

Choose a symptom to see related range hood repairs.

Main causes: clogged air filters, air duct problems, fan motor failure, broken fan blade
Main causes: sentry feature trips due to high cooktop temperature, bad temperature sensor, electronic control board failure
Main causes: electronic control board failure, bad user interface control, light and fan switch failures, wiring failure
Main causes: bad fan switch, electronic control board failure, faulty user interface control, wiring failure
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad electronic control board, faulty user interface, fan and light switch failure, wiring problems
Main causes: loose mounting screws, bad fan motor, damaged fan blade, worn fan motor bearings
Main causes: bad light bulb, broken light switch, bad electronic control, user interface control failure, bad light socket, wiring failure

Repair guides common to all range hoods

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your range hood.

December 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range hood fan switch

The fan switch activates the fan motor in the range hood. If the fan switch is defective, replace it using the detailed steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a range hood electronic control board

The electronic control board activates the fan and lights in the range hood. If the electronic control board is defective, replace it using the detailed steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
January 20, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range hood light socket

When you replace a light bulb and it still won’t work, the socket is likely defective. Use the detailed steps in this repair guide that show you how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all range hoods

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your range hood.

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