The importance of range hood maintenance is critical to the functionality of a commercial kitchen. Hood filters must be inspected and changed on a regular basis for several different important reasons. When a range filter becomes dirty, the airflow is severely constricted and can allow smoke to build up in the cooking area. This can lead to bad odors from the kitchen that can affect not only your kitchen staff but also your patrons!
Not only is a smoky kitchen not pleasant on the nose, eyes, and lungs, but it is also a telltale warning sign of a potentially hazardous grease build up issue within your ranges exhaust system. When filters are clogged with grease, they pose a fire risk. Grease fires are particularly hard to extinguish and also spread very easily.
The last kind of impression you want to make on your guests is one that is influenced by the atmosphere of a smoky dining area. By hiring Crossfire Pro Hood Cleaners, an experienced kitchen cleaning, and maintenance company, you can take the guesswork out of filter maintenance completely, and focus on keeping your customers satisfied and your staff happy and productive.
Signs that your hood filters need to be changed or cleaned include:
- Bad smell near the range
- Smoke is not cleared away efficiently (even on the highest fan setting)
- Loud noises are coming from the motor which may mean the motor is straining to draw air through the filter.
- Metal filters appear rusted or are corroded.
A huge plus to proper maintenance of hood filters is that you will not need to replace them as often. When filters are neglected, they collect grease, dust, and food particles. This quickly leads to the breakdown of the filter material and the filter itself will eventually be ineffective.
We Know Hood Filters!
There are several different sizes shapes and styles of hood filters for different range sizes and types. We take note of the range or fryer you have to match the filter perfectly with the model of cooking equipment. Some different materials that filters are made of include:
- Stainless steel
The methods we use to remove grease from your filters will leave them looking and working like new! Some of the most effective ways to clean the filters include:
- Degreaser (for very tough jobs)
- Baking Soda
- Liquid Soap
- Pressure Washing
There are fire codes in place that ensure a restaurant maintains its grease filters. A filter that is not maintained will end up becoming stopped up with grease and this can lead to many serious issues including:
- Lack of functionality (filter begins unable to do its job)
- Fire hazards can develop
- Smoke build-up in the cooking area
- Heat build up in the cooking area
- Air cooling costs increase
- Exhaust system becomes ineffective over time