Why is my kitchen hot?,  Hood-Pro, Inc,
Why is my kitchen hot?  The fan seems to be running.
Trouble shooting hot and smoky commercial kitchens.
 Worn Fan Belt

1.  A worn and cracked belt will slip on the pulleys causing poor suction of the grease exhaust system resulting in a hot kitchen.  Hood-Pro recommends to change belts AFTER each kitchen exhaust system cleaning.
 Broken Fan Belt

2.  Broken belts are the most common cause of grease exhaust fans not working properly causing hot kitchens.

Short Circut Hood  
3.  There is a hood design called "Short Circuit Hoods".  This is simply a poorly engineered hood and does not properly capture hot grease laden air.  The short circuit hood is notorious for causing hot kitchens.

 Kitchen Floor Fan
4.  Fans in the kitchen will disrupt the natural rising hot air plume of the cooking equipment and disrupt the draw of the grease exhaust fan.  These fans make the kitchen hotter by blowing the heat generated by the cooking operations away from the exhaust fan and back into the kitchen.

 Dirty Duct
5.  Dirty grease ducts are more of a source of fuel for a fire than a problem for exhausting grease laden air, but grease has accumulated in the bend of this duct restricting air flow.  Dirty ducts restrict air flow and cause hot and smoky kitchens. Regular  kitchen hood cleaning will prevent this!
Belts out of Alignment  
6.  When pulleys are out of align, belt wear and loosen and the hood does not exhaust grease laden air properly.  Loose or broken fans belts are the number one cause of hot and smoky kitchens.

 Dirty Filters
7.  Dirty ducts are more of a source of fuel for a fire than a problem for exhausting grease laden air, but grease has accumulated in the bend of this duct restricting air flow and making the kitchen hot.
 Motors out of Alignment
8.  When pulleys are out of align, belt wear and loosen and the hood does not exhaust grease laden air properly thus making the kitchen hot or smoky.

Other Causes of Hot Kitchens in Commercial Cooking Environments

1. INADEQUATE MAKE UP AIR. Apart from a broken fan belt, problems with the make up air is probably the 2nd biggest cause of hot kitchens.  Things to check include:  The belt on the make up air is broken, the make up air filters need changed, or there is inadequate make up air. There are simple ways to test if makeup air is inadequate. If there is a rush of air into the restaurant each time the door is opened it means more air is being sucked out that is being brought back into the building. This means the kitchen exhaust fan is creating negative pressure in the building. In some instances, only a company that specializes in testing and balancing commercial kitchens can resolve the problem. If you are exhausting 400 cfm of air you must be bringing in 400 cfm or you will be exhausting your heated air or air conditioning.

2. MOTORS RUNNING BACKWARDS. This typically happens with new grease exhaust fans or when a motor has been recently changed. Two hundred twenty volt (220v) motors operate clockwise and counter-clockwise. If the two hot wires are switched the motor will reverse directions. On a grease exhaust fan it will still seem like the fan is blowing air but this is just actually from back pressure and the fan is not properly exhausting air. Generally this is characterized by very weak suction at the hood.

3. Each piece of cooking equipment has varying hot air exhaust plumes. The hot air plume of a fryer increases significantly when frozen foods are added. The plume of a grill increase when fresh hamburger is added but less significantly than the fryer. Be sure you cooking equipment with the greatest plume is placed in the center of the hood or directly under ducts. Also, be sure that the equipment sits at least 4 inches from the front edge of the hood.

4. Be sure the air passage between the filters is clear of grease. See picture 7 above. Improper or infrequent grease filter cleaning may lead to baked on grease and carbon deposits in this area. Hot air must be able to pass through the grease baffle filters.  These deposits can be impossible to clean. Built up grease between the grease filter baffles can severely restrict the airflow through these grease filters. This restriction can severely impede the grease and hot air exhaust capabilities of the grease exhaust system.

5. Be sure the pulley is not slipping on the shaft. Check that allan head set screw is tight and that square key bar is in place. See picture 8 above.

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