My down draft fan broke last night. My wife pushed the button to stop the fan, upon which it started to retract itself without stopping the fan (correct operation would have been to stop the fan and stay put). I had to switch off the circuit breaker to stop it. After turning the power back on and pushing the button to raise the panel, the motor used to raise it started, but the panel stayed put. After a few tries, I grabbed the panel and managed to simply pull it up (I've never tried that before so I don't know if that is normal) all while the motor (but not the fan) was running. I think the mecanism to raise the panel is two jack screws, but I don't know for sure. Could anyone give me a few trouble shoot hints. Could something in the rasing mecanism have been dislocated, disconnected or similar?
You have to get the tension off of the hinge and it will drop right in. The spring loaded arm on the door needs to be drawn back until you can (depending on the style) either lock the u-arm into the notch on the other side of the hinge, or put a small bolt through the aligning holes in the side of the hinge. Once you get the arm straightened out a bit and relieve the spring pressure, you should be able to sit it right in there. Be careful though, that spring is strong.
just the switch should be replacable. My vent has a screw at each end (philips flatheads - accessible only when vent is up) just under the top cap. Removing the screws and cap should give you access to the switch. Just make sure you cut your breaker off first.
I would think you can. Most of the cooktops are 240v and the vents are 120v, so the vent may be feeding off of one of the cooktop's hot wires. My vent is fed from it's own receptacle but is harnessed along with the cooktop's 240v.
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