Extractor fan doesn’t ‘extract’
spottedsocks · 11/11/2019 09:24
Bit of a strange one, posting for traffic! My DH and I have come to realise in the past few weeks that our extractor fan is for show. It doesn’t lead anywhere and must just expel steam/smoke back out of the vent like things on the hood. It doesn’t lead outside at all. Is this common? It’s a fairly small kitchen. The house is rented so never really crossed my mind. Do you have to have a working extractor fan in a rented property if the oven/hob is built in?
ColaFreezePop · 11/11/2019 09:47
Yes it is common. Also some are fitted incorrectly.
You just need a window that can open in a kitchen and bathroom. Though decent extractor fans are better.
If you have space get yourself a dehumidifier to place near the bathroom door. It will also help dry clothes in winter.
Grumpyunleashed · 11/11/2019 09:53
There are 2 types of kitchen hood fans.
1 = As you say, those that extract and blow straight out.
2 = Those that recycle and filter clean the air. They tend to be a rectangular box type shape with a small plastic opening visor on the front with as you say vents on the top that vent back into the kitchen.
Assuming you have one of these then the ones I have seen
1, Drop open at the bottom if you open the catches underneath.
2, Have a Splash / Grease / Particle filter which can be metal and dishwasher safe, or some sort of fabric / paper and replaceable.
3, However, whatever above outer filter is fitted they also generally have a second carbon particle filter that cleans the small particles (ie smoke & smell) out of the air.
We have found extractors are better than recirculating, but recirculating is much better than nothing.
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