Question about Fisher and Paykel Fisher Paykel RH361 36" Wall Mount Range Hood with 3 Speeds and 600 CFM Power

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I have an RH361 hood. About a month ago the lights started shutting off by themselves. Then, the fan would no longer come on - when I press a button the button will temporarily light up and there is a click, but the fan never comes on. The lights continued to work for a time after that but they would continue to shut off after just a few minutes. Finally, one bulb burned out, followed shortly by the other two. The buttons are still illuminated and when I press one it flashes green for a second, but there is no longer any clicking sound as though the fan is trying to come on. No lights, no fan. I've verified that power to the unit is good.

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  • Brendan O'Brien Mar 22, 2011

    How hard is it to swap out...? Would I need to solder anything?

  • Brendan O'Brien Mar 22, 2011

    Ahh - never mind, I just cracked it open and it is definitely the power control - it's ticking when I hold the fan power button down, and there's a large blue box on the board that looks like it has been burned. Also...looks like no soldering just clip connections. Easy swap! I'll order the part today. Thanks!

  • Brendan O'Brien Mar 23, 2011

    That seems to be exactly the thing that is not working - the "blue box" that's in there looks like it has been scorched, and it's the part that is ticking when I try to turn the unit on. Where could I find a replacement...?

  • Brendan O'Brien Mar 24, 2011

    Thank you - "burned" is probably a strong word; it's discolored but I think it's from heat - it's very hot when I touch it, but I think that's because I had just spent a few minutes wiggling connections and pressing the fan or light buttons so it had been ticking incessantly. I did order a new PCB from Fisher Paykel, but since I've got nothing to lose right now I am going to try desoldering it and see what replacing it does...that would be a heck of a lot cheaper than the $141 Fisher Paykel liberated from my wallet!

  • Brendan O'Brien Mar 29, 2011

    THANK YOU - I got the new PCB today, The board is scorched - the relay is very, very hot. I just ran the blower for about 10 minutes and the relay on the new board was not hot. Also noticed that I can now keep the lights on at the same time as I run the blower - I could not before, so presumably this thing wasn't even working right when I got it. I noticed that the board is a new version, V3 as opposed to the V1 that was in mine (different color board). It's working great. Thank you - you (all) saved me a lot of money in a service call.



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In this unit the fan motor and the lights are electronically controlled. Since all of them failed it means that the control board has failed and it will have to be replaced.
You can find one here, including a diagram

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  • Azrael SRL Mar 23, 2011

    That blue box is an electromechanical relay. Unsolder it, take it to a hobby/electronics shop and get an identical replacement. Or, if you can identify at least its voltage and amp settings, you can order a replacement from here
    But a relay doesn't burns by itself, it gets burned by the failure of other component - most likely the motor (the part controlled by the relay) - has failed. You will have to check it also and replace or repair it.

  • Azrael SRL Mar 24, 2011

    And find out what is the status of the motor - if it overheats then the current flowing thru it is too great, which means that there's something wrong with the motor. You could try to bypass the relay and power it directly and see what happens.


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First of all, here is the main ONLINE SUPPORT page for your model:

And here is a direct link to the ONLINE USER'S MANUAL for that model:

And here is a link to one online supplier of Fisher and Paykel spare parts that you can contact to try to order the parts you need to fix your unit.

To view the Support Page or the Owner's Manual with Operating Instructions just use your mouse to click on the link, which is the underlined and highlighted text just above. This will open a new web browser page automatically for you and allow you to view the information at the website indicated or the contents of the Owner's Manual.

You may need ADOBE READER installed on your computer to read PDF documents. You can download this free at WWW.ADOBE.COM if necessary. Click on the DOWNLOAD ADOBE READER button on right side of the ADOBE home page when you get there.

If that fails, the toll free number for Fisher and Paykel in the US is 1-888-936-7872.
Hopefully they can direct you to a suitable supplier for the parts you need.

Thank you very much and good luck.

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Hi, you should be having a problem with the power control mechanism which is one of the common problem with the RH 361. Try opening up the unit and you will find a blue box on the board, unclip it and replace it with a new one. This would solve the problem......

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