Preventative Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance Guide for Your Commercial Kitchen

As an owner or manager of a commercial kitchen, there is always a long list of things you need to be thinking about.
The staff has to be managed, product orders need to be placed and monitored and equipment needs to be maintained.
Every aspect needs to work together to ensure your kitchen runs smoothly.

Unfortunately, a long to-do list makes it all too easy to forget that your roof mounted exhaust fans require regular maintenance.

When kitchen equipment breaks down, it can cause everything to come to a halt. If your kitchen isn’t running at full speed, meals can’t be made which means you put yourself at risk for losing valuable business.

This makes seemingly less important tasks, like staying on top of exhaust system maintenance, become a vital part in running your kitchen.

To help save you from disaster in the long run, we’ve put together a helpful guide to follow to ensure your kitchen exhaust system runs efficiently at all times:

Check Your Exhaust Fan

It’s ideal for your exhaust fan to have a hinge. This is because a hinge enables you to easily open and close the ventilator fan. It also prevents the fan from getting broken or bent during routine maintenance. Newer units should come with a hinge installed, but if your current system doesn’t have one you can simply get an exhaust fan hinge kit and install one.

Perform a Quick Maintenance Test

This involves doing a thorough inspection of your exhaust fan belts and adjusting them as necessary. Since exhaust fan belts go through a lot of abuse, you want to check to see if there are any signs of crack or deterioration. If you aren’t sure, it’s a good idea to just go ahead and replace it.

Check the Electrical Wiring

For this step, you first should look for visible signs of fraying or deterioration of the wiring. You’ll also want to ensure there are no broken wires or kinks in the wiring. It’s also good practice to double check all of the connections to make sure they are safe. If anything look damaged, you should replace it immediately.

Check the Fan Blades

Fan blades should be checked every few months. When you are checking them, you should be looking to ensure they are balanced since unbalanced blades may cause excessive vibrations which can cause the unit to shake and loosen other parts. You also want to clean the blades when you check them since even a little bit of debris can cause them to become unbalanced.

Check the Fan Bearings

The fan bearings are what ensures the fan spins smoothly. To do this they need to be lubricated. The smoother these parts run, the better your exhaust fan will operate.

Clean the Air Intake

Maintaining a clean air intake and motor house is essential for an exhaust fan. You’ll want to check the seals on the covers to make sure nothing like greases or oils can enter. You should also make sure that the vibration isolators aren’t dried out or broken which can cause your fan to shake and vibrate. A good indication this is happening is if you begin to feel heavier than normal vibrations.

Check the Exhaust Fan Exterior

Finally, don’t ignore the exterior of the fan. Exhaust fans are commonly mounted on roofs meaning they are subjected to all sorts of weather and damage. When checking the exterior of the exhaust fan you should be looking for signs of corrosion, rusting, or leaking.

Hood Repairs offers repairs and replacement parts for all types of exhaust fans.

Call us today at 1-800-384-1056 to schedule an appointment or to learn more.

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