The cooker hood is likely to be an appliance within your home which you do not pay too much attention to, unless you’re looking to remove steam and cooking odours from your kitchen. Due to not using the cooker hood that often, there’s also a good chance that you haven’t replaced either of the filters within it.
If you cannot remember the last time you replaced the filters within your cooker hood, or it has passed six months since the filter was last changed, then now is the perfect time to do so.
The grease filter within your cooker hood plays an important part in preventing grease, dirt and grime from clogging up the motor. If your filter is left with dirt building up, it can begin to hinder the efficiency of your cooker hood, before resulting in it stopping altogether.
The average family of four who have one cooked meal each evening should be thinking about replacing the grease filter within their cooker hood at least once every six months; and doing so can be done in three simple steps.
Step 1: Unscrew / unclip the locking mechanism which is holding the filter in place
Step 2: Take out the old filter and fit the new one
Step 3: Re-activate the locking mechanism
If you’re opting to replace the existing grease filter with a universal one, you may be required to cut it to size. This is as easy as removing the old filter from your cooker hood and using it as a template to make sure you get the right size.
As with replacing the grease filter, replacing the carbon filter is a relatively straightforward task, and one which should not be avoided.
Ideally, you should regularly replace the carbon filters to keep your kitchen fresh whenever you cook. It will also help to remove steam and condensation during the cooking process, and thankfully the filter can be removed in roughly the time it takes to boil the kettle for a cuppa.
Step 1: Remove the grease filter from under the cooker hood (see above)
Step 2: Remove the carbon filter by gripping it firmly, before turning it anti-clockwise until you hear or feel a click. Once you’ve heard / felt the click, the filter should just lift off.
Step 3: Fit the new filter, before placing it back into your cooker hood and turning clockwise until it clicks. The process should then be repeated for the other side.
Whilst replacing the carbon filter can be done within the three simple steps above, it is worth remembering that the process may vary depending on the make and model of your appliance, so it’s always a good idea to give the manufacturers’ instruction manual a quick once over before carrying out this job!
Taking the time to replace the filters within your cooker hood will ensure that next time you use your cooker, you’ll be able to clear the cooking odours and steam from your kitchen.