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    Default Is it feasible to fix a rangehood?

    My SMEG rangehood appears to be not going. Its light will turn on but its motors won’t go. Is it possible to fix it myself or hire someone to do it for less than $500 including cost of the necessary parts eg motors, filters. I looked on the Web and saw a new rangehood for sale for a whopping $1,000. Advice would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Is it feasible to fix a rangehood?

    Unless you are qualified towork on mains powered equiptment and know what you are doing stay out of it. A new range hood is a lot cheaper than a funeral.

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    Default Re: Is it feasible to fix a rangehood?

    Quote Originally Posted by barryk View Post
    Is it possible to fix it myself or hire someone to do it for less than $500 including cost of the necessary parts eg motors, filters.
    ring a few local appliance repairers .
    Ask them if parts are available or if they are economic to repair .

    As for cost, nobody knows . It could be a $10 switch , it could be a very expensive part . It could be parts arnt in stock .
    Factor in cost of callout fees (they may have to go onsite 2x ) , time to remove the rangehood for & repair & put it back on , cost of parts

    To be honest, if you need to ask then you shouldn't be attempting these repairs .
    its mains voltages: fire death burn kill

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    Default Re: Is it feasible to fix a rangehood?

    If it's one of those fancy looking stainless steel jobbies witht he big chimney looking vent thing it might be worth fixing, mine is just a cheap regular white range hood vented through the wall and cost me less than $200 from bunnings about 10 years ago, installed it myself. So when mine dies it'll just be rip it off the wall and replace with another cheap brand.

    Not sure if that was particularly helpful of me.
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    Default Re: Is it feasible to fix a rangehood?

    I'd say its quite likely fixable for less than $500 - in parts anyway.

    The problem is knowing what to replace or fix, and how to do it. As others have said, mains powered stuff is very dangerous if you have no clue what you're doing.

    Personally, I doubt the fan motor(s) have suddenly failed outright. Usually motors give warning before failure. Slow to start, slow running, horrible noises, etc.

    The fan is probably either controlled by direct switches or relays on an electronic board.

    Switches can fail (or a rat chewed through a wire etc) but a faulty board is more likely, if it has one.

    The problem in that case is a repair service will want to change the board outright (and fair enough too, it's much faster and easier) but this may also be very expensive for no good reason, or may be obsolete.

    This kind of thing is annoying when the board may have failed simply due to a $1 capacitor or such.

    But that is all theory and your problem may be completely different. And if my post sounded like gibberish, you should definitely take 1101's advice and start ringing around for quotes.
    It's quite possibly a common failure and at least one repair company can probably do it easily for a decent price.

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    Default Re: Is it feasible to fix a rangehood?

    What model rangehood?

    How comfortable are you with soldering?

    The likelihood is a capicitors but first check that the cables have not come loose (switch mains off and unplug before checking). If its not loose cables, hard luck.

    If you can get the board out, taking off all cables you can check for bulging capicitors to replace. Normally I would replace all caps because the ones used are not of high quality and you don't want to be doing this again anytime soon.

    I doubt a repairman would go this way to repair it but you could take the board to an electronics guy to replace the caps if you are not comfortable with doing it yourself.

    There's not a lot to these boards, the costly parts be the transformer, switches/relay or chip (which may need to come from manufacturer).

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