How Often Should I Replace My Kitchen Hood Filters?

Why is regular kitchen hood filter maintenance important?

Kitchen hood filters must be replaced regularly for your kitchen hood to work efficiently. A kitchen hood is your first  layer of protection when eliminating air contaminants and toxic chemicals in the air caused by cooking and cleaning.  

Your kitchen hood filters keep grease and debris from entering your kitchen exhaust system. Proper care and maintenance is needed in order to best maintain the  air quality in your home and and minimize other health and safety risks that come from not replacing your hood filters, such as breathing unclean air, or possibly even a fire hazard.

 In order for your range hood to work effectively, your kitchen hood filters must be clean, and kept  in good condition.

Is there a scheduled routine needed for replacing my kitchen hood filters? How often Should I replace my range hood filters?

There really is not a set time frame needed  for changing out range hood filters. The condition of range hood filters will vary depending on how well they are maintained, the amount of heat, steam, grease, and debris the filters are exposed to, and how often a kitchen hood is in use while cooking.

Many people who cook often or work in a busy restaurant find that they need to replace their kitchen hood filters at least every six to eight months.  If you don't cook as often, it is recommended to change out your filters at least once a  year.

Baffle Filters Vs. Mesh Filters, which
is best?

A replacement for hood filters is usually only needed for charcoal and mesh filters unless another damage has occurred. This is because the design of baffle filters is made to stand excessive cooking conditions. Baffle Filters may also be cleaned and reused.

Other hood filter types, such as mesh and charcoal are not designed to last without replacement. It is important to understand that different filter types have different life spans. When purchasing a range hood, stainless steel filters also last longer than aluminum or galvanized steel filters. These are factors to look for when purchasing a range hood.

How do you know when your kitchen hood filters need to be replaced?

Whenever you clean your kitchen hood filters, it's also a good time to check for any damage. There are a few signs to look for when determining if it's time to replace your hood filters. Some of these signs include grease build up, dents, warping, corrosion, excess grime, or holes.

If you notice that your range hood filters have been warped and noticeably do not look like they fit correctly,  this is another sign that it's time to replace your kitchen hood filters. If you have become aware of any of these signs yourself, make sure to replace your hood filters immediately to keep grease from getting further in your kitchen ventilation system.

How could I extend the length of use of my range hood filters?

The length of use of hood filters can be prolonged through dedicated care and maintenance.  Regular light cleaning with soap and water can extend the life of your kitchen hood filters. However, never use strong chemicals or bleach when cleaning your filters, as this can cause corrosion.

If your kitchen hood comes with aluminum filters, this type of metal is particularly more vulnerable to corrosion. When cleaning, make sure to handle hood filters gently to prevent bending, holes, or dents.

To get the most effective cleaning, it is best to wash the filters by hand.  However, if you have purchased a hood from Proline Range Hoods, there is a good chance your hood filters are dishwasher safe. Check your kitchen hood manual, or with your kitchen hood appliance supplier to see if your range hood filters are dishwasher safe.

Keep your kitchen hood filters clean, check them regularly, and make sure you are replacing them as needed. Doing this regularly will ensure that you get the most out of your range hood. To make sure your range hood is extra clean and looking in tip-top shape, make sure you check out our recent post on How to Clean your Range Hood Filters for some more tips that were not mentioned in this post.

Happy Cleaning!