Why Your Range Hood Won’t Turn On

By Lyle Weischwill | Jan. 22, 2024 8:51 am PST

Figuring out why your range hood has no power can be challenge without expert help. Here are some basic troubleshooting tips to help you find the problem with a dead range hood.

Basic Troubleshooting Tips for a Range Hood that Won’t Power Up

First, check the house circuit breaker for your range hood. Reset the circuit breaker if it has tripped. This may restore power to the range hood. If the circuit breaker trips again after you try to use the range hood, then you’ll need to schedule service to have a Sears Home Services Technician examine and repair the problem. A short in electrical wiring or a range hood component is likely causing the house circuit breaker to trip.

If the house circuit breaker isn’t tripped, follow these additional troubleshooting steps to restore power to your range hood.

Check the Range Hood Electrical Outlet

Most range hoods have a power cord that plugs into an electrical outlet in the cabinet above the range hood. Check the range hood electrical outlet by following these steps:

  1. Unplug the range hood.
  2. Plug a small lamp, night light or appliance into the electrical outlet.
  3. Turn on the test item to see if it works.

If the test item works, then you know that the electrical outlet for the range hood is okay. You can move on to other troubleshooting steps.

If the electrical outlet is dead – the test item doesn’t power up – have an electrician repair the electrical outlet for the range hood.

Check the Range Hood Power Cord

When the range electrical outlet works but the range hood won’t power up, check the range hood’s power cord. With the power cord unplugged, check the power cord for damage. Have the power cord replaced if it’s damaged.

Have Your Range Hood Repaired

When you’re unable to find the cause of your range hood not powering up on your own, schedule repair service and we’ll send a Sears Home Services Technician to your home to find and repair the cause of the problem.

Whether you have a wall-mount, island or downdraft range hood, Sears Home Services is your best option for quick and easy kitchen ventilation repair. Our range hood repair experts are trained to service most major brands, including Broan, Frigidaire, KitchenAid and Kenmore. We can fix your range hood, no matter where you bought it.

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How to Prevent Range Hood Problems

Keeping your range hood in top shape with regular maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent problems and failure. Follow these maintenance tips to help keep your range hood working efficiently.

  • Clean the grease filters regularly. Most range hoods have removable filters that can be washed either by hand or in the dishwasher. Follow the directions in the owner’s manual to clean the grease filters. Replace grease filters if they’re worn or damaged.
  • If your range hood has charcoal filters, replace them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Check the ventilation ducts for any obstructions or buildup of grease. Clean them if necessary. Ensure that the ducts are properly connected and sealed.
  • Inspect the fan blades for any buildup of grease or debris. Clean them as needed. Make sure the fan is functioning properly and replace the fan if there are signs of damage.
  • Wipe down the control panel and switches regularly to prevent the buildup of grease. Ensure that the switches and controls are working correctly. Have a technician repair switches if they’re malfunctioning.

Remember to refer to your range hood’s user manual for specific maintenance instructions and recommended cleaning products.

Unplug the range hood before accessing internal components.

Regular maintenance not only improves the performance of your range hood but also ensures a healthier kitchen environment.

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