How to Remove Carbon Filters On A Range Hood (Easy Steps)

Do you own a ductless vent hood? In this article, we discuss how to replace your carbon filter and how to choose a new one if necessary.

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If you’re reading this, it’s probably time to replace your recirculating range hood filters. But how do you replace your carbon filters?

In this article, you will learn what carbon filters are, what they are made of, how to replace them, and how to choose a new one if necessary.

What are carbon filters? 

Carbon filters are attachments that fit inside a range hood to filter the recirculated air in the kitchen. Carbon filters are made of a carbon-based material that traps dirt and grease and gets rid of odors caused by cooking. They are inexpensive, light, and simple to replace. Carbon filters are not washable and must always be replaced. 

Image of a handyman replacing a carbon charcoal filter from an undercabinet range hood. Source: adobe stock
Image of a handyman replacing a carbon charcoal filter from an undercabinet range hood. Source: adobe stock

A recirculating kit, usually sold separately, can turn a range hood with vents into one without vents. These kits use mesh or carbon filters to filter the air.

My favorite range hood (at the moment):

COSMO COS-63190S Wall Mount Range Hood

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My favorite range hood (at the moment):

COSMO COS-63190S Wall Mount Range Hood

This is one of the best hoods available at this price point. Reasonably strong CFM for the cost, and it has received rave reviews (over 3,800 reviews!). It looks great, and the LED lights provide a pleasant brightness. For the price, its performance and style are outstanding. Highly recommended!

What are carbon filters made of?

Carbon filters are made with activated carbon. Activated carbon is carbon that has been processed further to improve its ability to trap gas molecules. It is first mixed with hot air, carbon dioxide, or steam, which makes a lattice of tiny pores in the carbon and greatly increases its surface area. This makes more places for molecules to get stuck, which makes carbon a much better medium for filtering. 

According to a paper published by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, a gram of activated carbon could have hundreds of square meters of internal surface area. Most activated carbon is also treated with chemicals to make it better at filtering out certain pollutants.

How to choose new carbon filters

If you need to replace yours, If you need to purchase new carbon filters, he will want to ensure that you get the right ones for your specific range hood.

Consult your range hood user manual to ensure you get the right carbon filters. If you don’t have a user manual for your range hood, try doing a Google search for your model number and see if you can find a PDF digital version of the user manual.

If you don’t know the model number of your hood, it’s likely somewhere inside of the hood. Many manufacturers will have a sticker inside the hood with the model number. Hopefully, once you look around your range hood, you will be able to identify its model number. When you finally have the number, do a quick Google search for the right filters and shop away.

How to replace a carbon filter

To change your filter,s just follow these easy steps.

Identify the filter for your hood

The first thing you have to do is identify where your filters are and whether they are carbon filters or not. If they are round, they’re most likely carbon filters. And, of course, ensure that you get compatible carbon filters for your range hood. Refer to your manufacturer’s instruction guide to ensure you get the right ones.

Remove the baffle or mesh filter (if applicable)

some range hoods come with both carbon and another type of filter. So you might have to remove the mesh or baffle filters to get to the carbon filters.

Detach the old carbon filter

it should be very easy to remove the filters, there should be a little latch on the filters or you simply twist them to remove them. Either way should be very simple and should not take too much work.

Attach the new carbon filter

Now that the old filters are removed, you can insert your new filters in the same way.

Reattach baffle or carbon filters (if applicable)

finally, if you did have to remove other types of filters to get to your carbon filters, now is the time to replace them with your range hood. Make sure they are on properly before using your hood once again.

If you want to see how the experts replace their hoods, take a look at this video on How to replace Carbon filters in your cooker hood by Hotpoint.

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Clean range hood filters are essential for proper operation. And now you know how to replace your carbon filters.

In this post, we covered carbon filters, how to replace them and how to choose new ones if necessary. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • Carbon filters can not be cleaned. They must always be replaced.
  • Replace your carbon filters every three to six months.
  • Carbon filters are made with activated carbon.
  • Periodical cleaning of your hood would be done regularly.

So, do you use charcoal filters in your kitchen? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks in your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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