Kitchen Exhaust Maintenance from HVAC Professionals
Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning, Grease Filter Replacements & More
When it comes to kitchens, the delicious food you create isn’t the only thing you should be concerned about. There are many risk factors to take into consideration when cooking in a commercial kitchen. One of the main risks is the build up of grease and particles on the inside of a kitchen hood. However, with regular maintenance by a certified and professional team, many of the risks could be easily avoided.
Risks of a Dirty Kitchen Exhaust
Allowing grease and particles to build up in a kitchen exhaust system can pave the way for some serious risks for chefs and kitchen staff. What are the main risks?
- Build-up in the exhaust system can create a fire hazard
- Grease and other particles can wear away at the life of mechanical equipment, costing you money and time to repair
How Clean is Clean?
Many facility managers, chefs and restaurant owners have the same question — how do I know my system is clean?
Often times, the best way to tell is to see for yourself. Both the NFPA 96 and ANSI/IKECA C10-2011 standards require a written report with photographs as proof of work performed after cleaning is completed. When a professional is able to regularly keep an eye on your ducts and hoods, you’ll be kept up-to-date on the status of your system, catching any issues before they become problems.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, “hoods, grease removal devices, fans, ducts and other appurtenances shall be cleaned to remove combustible contaminants prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge.”
Kitchen Exhaust Best Practices
Cooking in kitchens can lead to many fire hazards if the chef isn’t careful. From caked-on grease to clogged exhaust, there are many risks. However, the good news is that cleaning and maintaining a proper system is easy with regular services. From commercial kitchen exhaust and restaurant hood cleaning to inspections, the answer is easy. Here’s what the team at AIRPRO Hawaii recommends:
- Inspections based on the Schedule of Inspection for Grease Buildup (NFPA 96 – Table 11.4)
- Grease filter replacements when necessary
- Fan, exhaust duct and hood cleaning
Kitchen Exhaust Inspection
Make sure you have your system inspected and cleaned before the surfaces of the system are heavily contaminated with grease. A little bit of preventative maintenance can go a long way in keeping a kitchen running smooth and saving you money.
In addition to regular maintenance, the team at AIRPRO can also help with fan hinge retrofitting and installations of access panels.
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