Friend of mine is buying a home that has a defective downdraft range vent. Problem is the motor that raises and lowers the assembly appears to be burned out. Double question.
- Are these generally repairable?
- Are they universal so that alternate brands can be swapped in relatively easy?
Bottom line is I've never dealt with one of these before. Asking here now so I can pass along recommendations on whether to call an electrican for repair or replacement.
On Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6:53:03 PM UTC-4, Chiefjim wrote:
I looked into them a few years ago. As I recall, the ones I looked
at were similar, but not identical in size. Some may be a drop in,
some might not. But what really matters is what's there now. Just
pull the specs, install instructions on it and then compare it to any
others of interest. I would think it would be possible to just replace
the motor too, if that's what's wrong with it. Again with the make/model
you can see what parts are available from online parts suppliers.
But if they have to call an appliance repairman, etc and it's a
common brand type, could probably find a whole new unit that doesn't cost
How well they work, IDK. I have a conventional downdraft and it
does something, how much better the pop-up type are, IDK. My gut
feel is that it's probably better than type I have, but only if
you use the back burners near it. And best of all by far is the
hood type, they really work. That might be an option too, depending
on how hard or easy it would be to install.
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