As service agents for several leading brands we frequently encounter problems where appliances have not been installed to either the manufacturers specifications or that of Australian & New Zealand Standards. These regulations are put in place to ensure your safety and to give the maximum life to the appliance.
If the rangehood is installed a lower height than recommended, heat damage to the electronics or plastic components is likely. The risk of fire is greatly increased especially if there is a build of grease inside the rangehood.
Repairs will not be covered under warranty if an appliance is not installed correctly and there may be a problem with any insurance claims being approved if fire damage does result.
Check the installation instructions supplied by the manufacturer and make sure your installer has them handy when the work is being carried out. If yours are missing, they are usually available on the brands website or by contacting the customer service centre. Changing cupboards and the flue later will be a nuisance and possibly a costly exercise.
The Australian New Zealand Standards state:
“Overhead clearances~Range hoods and exhaust fans shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s relevant instructions. However, in no case shall the clearance between the highest part of the hob of the gas cooking appliance and a range hood be less than 600 mm or, for an overhead exhaust fan, 750 mm. Any other downward facing combustible surface less than 600 mm above the highest part of the hob shall be protected for the full width and depth of the cooking surface area in accordance with Clause 126.96.36.199″.
If the rangehood is being installed above a domestic BBQ, a minimum height of 1200mm is required. The minimum height is much higher due the the higher cooking temperatures of a BBQ and grease content of the food being cooked.
Cleaning your rangehood
Rangehood filters need to be washed regularly by using warm soapy water and drying using a soft dry cloth. there are various commercial products available which also may be used following the manufacturers directions.
Cleaning filters in the dishwasher: the heavy alkaline of dishwashing detergents could damage filters. If you choose to wash the filters in the dishwasher it is recommended that you use a hot wash mode with no detergent.
If you have any questions or require repairs to your rangehood or other cooking appliances, please call on (08) 9367 1198. We’re happy to help!t