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Commercial Kitchen Extraction System

Commercial kitchen extraction systems must be kept in excellent condition at all times. Strict health and safety guidelines and regulations ensure your commercial kitchen remains compliant.

Robinsons Facilities Services provides commercial kitchen extraction system maintenance throughout Yorkshire. Our expert team of Gas Safe Engineers will maintain your commercial extraction canopy to the highest standard and help diagnose and repair breakdowns. Contact Robinsons Facilities Services today at 01423 226578 or send an enquiry for more information or a free quote.

What Do Commercial Kitchen Extraction Systems Do?

A commercial kitchen extraction system will provide a safe and controlled environment for cooking. Commercial extraction canopies remove harmful fumes or smoke produced during cooking and help keep the air quality high.

Ventilation systems draw out stale and potentially contaminated air, allowing fresh air to come in and take its place. Without an extraction system in a commercial kitchen, smoke, heat, and dangerous gases like carbon dioxide would build up inside, which could have devastating consequences.

Types of Commercial Extraction Systems

There are two main types of commercial kitchen extraction systems:

Canopy Hoods

A canopy hood is a metal frame that sits over a cooking area in commercial kitchens. The hood works by drawing air up through it and out of the kitchen through a vent.

Grease Filters

Grease filters are usually made from stainless steel. They remove grease and smoke from the air by drawing air through the filter, which traps the grease and smoke.

The Importance of Kitchen Extractor Fan Maintenance 

Your commercial kitchen extraction system is an essential part of your business and must be maintained to a high standard.

A well-maintained extraction system will:

  • Remove any harmful fumes or smoke from the air
  • Help to keep the air quality high
  • Prevent carbon dioxide from building up in the kitchen

Maintaining your commercial kitchen extraction system is important for the safety of your employees and the quality of the food you serve. If grease and contaminants build up in your kitchen, it could be a significant risk to health and safety.

Risks of Not Maintaining Your Commercial Kitchen Extractor System

Failing to keep a clean and efficient extraction system for commercial kitchens can pose many risks, including:

  • Indoor Air Pollution – Poor ventilation can lead to the accumulation of indoor air pollutants, such as cooking odours, smoke, and airborne particles. This can reduce air quality, leading to discomfort and health issues.
  • Exposure to Cooking Emissions – Incomplete removal of cooking emissions, including grease, fumes, and particulate matter, can lead to health problems when inhaled or ingested. Long-term exposure can increase the risk of respiratory issues and cardiovascular conditions.
  • Fire Hazards – Inadequate ventilation can lead to a buildup of flammable gases and particles from gas stoves or cooking oils. This increases the risk of kitchen fires and accidents.
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Buildup – When not properly vented, gas stoves can produce carbon monoxide, a colourless, odourless gas that is toxic when inhaled in large quantities. Inadequate ventilation may allow CO to accumulate, posing a serious health risk.
  • Heat Accumulation – Poor ventilation can cause heat to accumulate in the kitchen, making it uncomfortable to work in and increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses, particularly in hot climates.
  • Excessive Humidity – High humidity levels can promote the growth of bacteria and fungi, leading to food spoilage and contamination risks in the kitchen. It can be very unpleasant, too.
  • Bad Smells – Inadequate ventilation may result in lingering cooking odours, which can be unpleasant and affect the overall indoor environment.
  • Grease Buildup – Poor ventilation can allow cooking grease to accumulate on kitchen surfaces. This not only poses a fire hazard but also requires more frequent and challenging cleaning efforts.

Complying With Gas Safe Regulations

If your kitchen uses gas appliances, you must ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, including Gas Safe regulations. You may need a flue to vent heat and vapours, keeping your kitchen free of contamination.

Regular maintenance, such as kitchen duct cleaning, to ensure you are operating within health and safety regulations is also crucial and is your responsibility as per the Health and Safety at Work Act.

If you have concerns about the effectiveness or compliance of your system, our Gas Safe registered engineers can advise you on staying compliant and keeping your workspace safe.

Commercial Kitchen Extraction System Maintenance in Yorkshire

Proper commercial kitchen extraction canopy maintenance is crucial. On top of daily cleaning and upkeep by staff, deep cleaning and maintenance should occur at least annually. For high-use kitchens, this increases to twice or three times a year. As inspections by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) occur regularly, you’ll also need to keep cleaning and maintenance records. 

Trust Robinsons Facilities Services to take care of your commercial kitchen extraction system maintenance and repairs. Our team of Gas Safe engineers operate throughout Yorkshire, offering fast and efficient response times to all extraction system repairs and maintenance.

Contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency callouts. Call 01423 226578 or send an enquiry to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.

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Commercial Kitchen Extraction System FAQs

Yes, there is a legal requirement that every commercial kitchen has an extraction system or at least adequate ventilation. This must be checked and maintained regularly.

A hood with a fan works to remove the air from your kitchen and allow fresh air to replace the heat, smoke, and grease-filled air. There are filters within that may trap some of the particles before the air goes into the ducting system.

As a minimum, we recommend that your kitchen extraction system and ventilation is cleaned every twelve months, and filters may well need replacing more frequently than this.

The best way to improve the efficiency of your extraction system is by keeping filters clean, replacing damaged parts when necessary, and by having it regularly serviced by a professional.

It usually takes between 2 and 6 hours to complete a maintenance service on a standard commercial kitchen extraction system.

Typical costs for commercial kitchen extraction system maintenance range from around £200 for a basic cleaning of a small system up to £2000 or more for a thorough service of a large complex system. Contact us for a free quote today.

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