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Retractable Downdraft Vent Hood not Removing Smoke or Odor

Jenn-Air Retractable Downdraft Vent Hood not Removing Smoke or Odor 

The retractable downdraft vent system is designed to remove smoke, cooking vapors, and odors from the cooktop area. For best results, the vent should be operating before cooking is started. 

Are the Utensils Placed Correctly?

Large utensils should be placed on the rear elements or burners for effective ventilation of smoke or odor.

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Is the Control Set Correctly?

Refer to the Owner's Manual for specific operating instructions.

Are the grease filters clean and installed correctly?  

For optimal performance, operate the ventilation system with the filter properly installed. To avoid the buildup of grease, the filter should be cleaned often. For more information on cleaning the grease filter, refer to the Owner's Manual. Refer to the Owner's Manual for information on replacing the filter.

Is There an Air Movement Restriction in the Room?

Any other air movement devices such as ceiling fans, air conditioner registers, etc, can create air currents which interfere with ventilation.

Make-up Air:

Local building codes may require the use of makeup air systems when ventilation systems move more than a specified CFM of air. The specified CFM varies from locale to locale. 

The air exhausted by the unit must be replaced. If a room or house is too "tight," the unit may not vent properly, and more air will need to be introduced into the environment.

Adjacent Cabinets:

Cabinet opening dimensions that are shown in the Installation Instructions must be used. Given dimensions, provide minimum clearance. Cabinets closer than the minimum distance allowed can create dead air pockets that impair performance. Refer to the Installation Instructions for complete details.

Was the Vent System Installed Correctly?

There are specific venting requirements. Refer to the Installation Instructions for complete details.

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