Sears Home Services
appointment lookup logoAppointment Lookup
telephone logo213-596-2538
RepairHome WarrantyHome ImprovementClean & MaintainShop Parts
RepairHome WarrantyHome ImprovementClean & MaintainShop PartsResource CenterGlossary
appointment lookup logoAppointment Lookup

Table of Contents

The Vital Role of a Range Hood in Holiday Cooking

1. Clean the Range Hood Exterior

2. Clean the Range Hood Grease Filters

3. Clean the Fan Blades

4. Replace the Non-Ducted Recirculation Filter

5. Check and Clean the Exhaust Duct System

Schedule your range hood repair now!

Call (213) 596-2538
  1. Resource Center
  2. Repair

Getting Your Range Hood Ready for the Holidays in 2024: A Comprehensive Guide

4 min readUpdated Apr. 03, 2024Terry MehilosRange Hood
Get Your Range Hood Ready for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, it's time to get your range hood ready for the holidays. This vital kitchen appliance isn't just a tool; it's your partner in holiday cooking endeavors. It not only maintains a fresh atmosphere in your kitchen but also prevents smoke and odors from taking over your home, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable cooking experience during the festive season.


  • Follow manufacturer instructions to clean the exterior surfaces of your range hood using mild detergent and appropriate cleaning methods, avoiding abrasive cleaners.
  • Regularly replacing non-ducted recirculation filters, typically every six months, helps maintain efficient removal of grease, smoke, and odors, ensuring a clean and odor-free kitchen environment.
  • Annual inspection and cleaning of the exhaust duct system, including checking the vent damper for blockages and ensuring it opens freely, are crucial for efficient ventilation and safety, potentially requiring professional assistance for thorough maintenance.

The Vital Role of a Range Hood in Holiday Cooking

When it comes to holiday cooking, getting your range hood ready for the holidays is paramount. This essential kitchen appliance offers a host of benefits, enhancing your holiday cooking experience. A range hood eliminates cooking smoke and odors, improving your kitchen's air quality, which is even more crucial during the holiday season when you're whipping up festive feasts.

Without a range hood, the smoke and odors from cooking can quickly permeate your home, detracting from the holiday atmosphere. A range hood captures and vents out these unwanted elements, ensuring your home remains fresh and inviting for your holiday guests.

Here are steps to prepare your range hood for the holiday season.

1. Clean the Range Hood Exterior

Follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for your range hood to clean exterior surfaces. These general guidelines will work for most range hoods.

How to Clean Painted Range Hood Surfaces

Follow these steps to clean painted range hood surfaces:

  1. Prepare a solution of water and mild detergent such as dishwashing soap.
  2. Moisten a cleaning cloth in the solution and clean all painted surfaces.
  3. Wipe down the surfaces with plain water and dry with a towel to remove detergent residue.

Some owner’s manuals indicate that you can use automotive polish to restore discolored or dull surfaces.

Do not use rough abrasive cleaner or porcelain cleaner on painted surfaces.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Range Hood Surfaces

Procedures for cleaning stainless steel exterior surfaces on range hoods differ from the procedures for cleaning painted surfaces. Follow these steps to clean stainless steel:

  1. Wash the stainless steel surfaces with a clean cloth or rag soaked with warm water and mild soap or liquid dish detergent. Always clean in the direction of original polish lines of the stainless steel finish.
  2. Rinse the surfaces well using a clean cloth soaked with clear water (2 or 3 times) after cleaning. Wipe dry completely.
  3. Use a stainless steel cleaner to polish and protect the exterior surfaces.

Image of homeowner cleaning the grease filter in a range hood

2. Clean the Range Hood Grease Filters

The best way to clean range hood grease filters is to wash them in your kitchen sink using dishwashing detergent and water. Rinse the grease filters thoroughly with plain water and let them air dry completely before reinstalling them in the range hood.

You can also wash grease filters in the dishwasher but discoloration can occur when some filters are washed with some types of dishwasher detergents. To avoid discoloration, hand wash the grease filters in your kitchen sink as described above.

3. Clean the Fan Blades

While you have the grease filters removed, clean the fan blades using a clean cloth soaked with warm detergent solution. Wipe the fan blades with a cloth soaked in clear water and dry the blades with a towel.

4. Replace the Non-Ducted Recirculation Filter

Range hoods that recirculate exhaust air back into your kitchen space have a charcoal recirculation filter that removes grease, smoke and odors from the exhaust air. Replace this filter every six months (or more often if your cooking style generates extra grease, such as frying and wok cooking).

Range hoods that vent the exhaust air to the outside of your home won’t have this recirculation filter so you can skip this step and follow the instructions in the next step.

5. Check and Clean the Exhaust Duct System

Examine the exhaust vent damper mounted on the outside of your home to ensure that the damper opens freely and isn’t stuck or blocked. Wasps and birds tend to build nests in this area. Use caution when checking the damper.

Clear any blockage and lubricate the damper if needed so it opens freely.

To ensure that your range hood works efficiently and safely, have a professional check and clean your range hood duct system yearly.

Following these steps to thoroughly prepare your range hood for the holidays ensures that your kitchen remains a pleasant and safe place to cook during the festive season.

Schedule your range hood repair now!

Count on our knowledgeable technicians to expertly repair your range hood, no matter where you bought it.

Call (213) 596-2538 or schedule online now.

Was this information helpful?

Repair Range Hood Resources

What To Do When Your Range Hood Isn’t Working

When your range hood malfunctions, it can disrupt your kitchen's functionality and cause concern.

9 min readMar. 08Range Hood
A homeowner inspecting the seal on his freezer

Learn how to tackle and prevent ice buildup in your freezer with our practical guide. Discover common causes, effective removal techniques, and tips for maintaining a frost-free appliance.

6 min readJul. 12Freezer
How to Reset a Whirlpool Duet Dryer: Your Comprehensive Guide

Having trouble with your Whirlpool Duet dryer? Discover the step-by-step process to reset it and solve common issues quickly.

4 min readJul. 10Dryer
A young couple enjoying a cool, comfortable summer at home.

Stay cool this summer by learning how to fix a frozen AC unit. Our guide provides all the information you need to get started.

9 min readJul. 03HVAC