It can sometimes be difficult to tell when an appliance needs replacing – or just some TLC and cleaning. We value quality, long-lasting Rangehoods and want to see your appliances last their lifetime. If you’re noticing any of the signs below, we’d like to help you discover if you can save your rangehood before diving into a new purchase.
1. Your Rangehood is making loud sounds
Like with every other motor operated appliance you can always hear when they are in use, quietly. The level of this sound should be consistent though. But if you notice your rangehood getting louder over time, your motor may be approaching the end of its life. If you’ve given your rangehood a proper clean (read here for a cleaning guide: https://www.leemac.com.au/news/article/1413/cleaning-&-maintenance-of-yourrangehood.html ), and it’s still noisy - it may be time to contact your preferred repair service or us directly and find out whether your hood needs refurbishing or replacing.
2. Your Rangehood has stopped sucking
Noticing a steamier kitchen than usual? Give your Rangehood a good clean - the filters, fan and fittings that you can easily access, making sure they are free from oil, grease and dust. Allow to dry, and then test. If you are using charcoal filters they may need replacing. We generally recommend to replace carbon filters every 3-6 months depending on your cooking habits. If your Rangehood is ducted to the outside you should also have a look at the ducting. Make sure that the duct connections are still tight and the material is not deteriorated or damaged. If this doesn’t solve the problem of the low suction power, then a replacement may be in order.
3. High build-up of oil inside the rangehood
People come to us asking how to properly clean their Rangehood after noticing an oil build up inside. This may have happened over years when the Rangehood was used by various owners who might not have cleaned or changed filters regularly. It can also be caused by not using the hood properly over time. Please be aware that this build-up of oil presents a high fire hazard! There might be oil throughout the motor, the ducting and possibly even in the switches. Our recommendation in this case is to replace the Rangehood as soon as possible.
4. You want to modernise without renovating
A Rangehood can often be the centrepiece of a kitchen, especially if it’s a Canopy style Rangehood (https://www.leemac.com.au/shop/search/7644/canopy-range-hoods ). Depending on your current kitchen layout and cabinetry, a sleek, impressive Rangehood centrepiece can be easier than you think to include in your current kitchen design, saving thousands of dollars and time in renovation costs.
And if you choose to replace your well-loved fixed Rangehood in an older kitchen line with an updated model? There is a simple way to do so. Did you know that we’re the only company in Australia to offer the Fixed/Freestanding Rangehood in the 800mm width? (https://www.leemac.com.au/shop/product/25207/fs501-2ss800-800mm-twin-motor-in-stainless-steel.html ) With today’s cupboards and appliances being mainly 600mm or 900mm wide – this is a great option if you’re looking to upgrade your Rangehood with ease and without spending big.
Our Rangehoods come with 2- and 7-year warranties - and we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2020 - so you can be sure you’ll be in safe hands where inferior models may have let you down in the past. Our most popular Sliding Rangehood products are the SLN Range with 600 and 900 mm width options (https://www.leemac.com.au/shop/search/7641/slideout-range-hoods ). These are a perfect all-rounder for many kitchens, no matter if you have a traditional style kitchen, or a modern, sleek design.
Now it’s over to you. To learn if a replacement Rangehood is necessary, and if so, to find out which option is best for you, contact us on (02) 9674 9955. We’re always happy to chat.