No matter how much maintenance and cleaning you do for your exhaust hood and other kitchen equipment, sometimes it’s just not your day and something seems to go wrong. It could be half way through the lunch rush and the exhaust hood stops working, or 5AM as you turn on the lights and your exhaust won’t turn on. No exhaust hood system means no running kitchen - and that is not good. If you do find yourself with a non-functioning exhaust hood system there are a few things you can check to see if it’s a quick fix before calling in the experts to fix the hood.
First and foremost - check your exhaust hoods on / off switch. Sometimes these can be left off during a cleaning, or perhaps were bumped into during a quick cleaning or when things were being moved in the kitchen. If the switch is set to OFF then the fix may be simply turning the unit back on, however if the switch is in the ON position, your next move should be to check your circuit breaker. Find the circuit breaker box and check that all of the switches are properly turned on. The circuit breaker will most likely be located in your kitchen area, however may be located elsewhere in the building. If the breaker has shorted it will likely be in the off position, and flipping the circuit back on may be all that’s needed to get the hood system back and operational.
If checking the switches and the breakers don’t fix your hood issues, it’s time to che...