Exhaust Hood Not Working? Here's What To Do Next

Troubleshooting Your Exhaust Hood When It Stops Working

In the fast-paced world of commercial kitchens, the last thing you want is your exhaust hood to throw a wrench into your operations. It's one of those unfortunate moments when your exhaust hood suddenly decides to take a break despite your best efforts at maintenance and cleaning. A non-functioning exhaust hood can halt your culinary endeavors, whether during a lunch rush or at the crack of dawn during kitchen prep. But before you call in the experts, there are some simple steps you can take to troubleshoot and resolve the issue. This guide will walk you through getting your exhaust hood back in action.

1. Check the On/Off Switch

The first thing to do when you notice your exhaust hood isn't doing its job is to check the on/off switch. Sometimes, this switch can be accidentally turned off during cleaning or kitchen chaos. If you find it set to the "OFF" position, the solution is as easy as flipping it back to "ON." However, if the switch is already in the "ON" position - bummer - let's move on to the next step.

2. Inspect the Circuit Breaker

If the on/off switch isn't the culprit, it's time to investigate the circuit breaker. You can usually find the circuit breaker box in or around your kitchen. Make sure all the switches are turned on. If a switch has tripped and is in the "OFF" position, flip it back to "ON." This simple act might be all it takes to restore functionality to your exhaust hood system (fingers crossed it works!).

3. Mechanical Components

If neither the switch nor the circuit breaker is causing the issue, let's dig deeper into the mechanical aspects of your exhaust hood system. Start by checking the fan belts. Fan belts are typically located on the roof of your restaurant, outside the hood system. Ensure they are seated correctly and turning smoothly. If a fan belt has slipped off its track, it could prevent the system from starting.

Look for a roof service switch while you're up on the roof. Ensure it's turned on because turning it off will disable the hood system. Additionally, inspect your hood's grease filters for blockages. A clogged, dirty filter can strain the exhaust hood, potentially causing equipment damage over time.

When to Seek Professional Help

If you've followed these steps and your exhaust hood still isn't working, it may be time to call the experts. Look for a certified and licensed exhaust hood repair or cleaning company. They will ensure that necessary repairs are done correctly and up to code.

At HoodMart, we offer a wide range of exhaust hood systems, including Compensating (Short Cycle) and Perforated Supply Plenum (PSP), along with essential accessories like no-weld grease duct, hood filters, canopy hood lights, and curbs. We're also your go-to source for walk-in refrigeration systems tailored to your needs. If you have any questions about your hood system or need assistance, don't hesitate to contact one of our experts at 1.855.305.9274 or through our live chat system.

In conclusion, it's frustrating when your exhaust hood takes a break, but it doesn't have to spell disaster for your kitchen. You can often identify and resolve the issue by following these troubleshooting steps. If not, don't hesitate to contact the professionals who can get your kitchen back in action. Questions? Need a quote on a replacement? Contact the experts at HoodMart today!