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Viking Range Hood Cleaning Nightmare


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Viking Range Hood Cleaning Nightmare

liveforfood | May 12, 2011 10:05 AM

Has anyone had the following similar experience with their Viking Range Hood? We have a VCWH 3048/SS model over our 30" Viking Range. I clean it often, about every two months, and find it to be such a painful, labor/time intensive project. I truly dread this task. First, one must be a contortionist to remove the filter baffles and reinstall them once cleaned, and to clean well inside of the hood, too (also, it is important to wear gloves when doing this so that hands do not get cut on the sharp metal edges of the pieces). Once the baffles, grease tray and all removable parts are taken out, I usually run them through the dishwasher on the heavy duty setting (recommended in the manual) and then clean them further with a cotton cloth once they have run through to make sure there is not residual grease. But then, I've found that there is grease coating areas of the hood that is not easily accessible or not accessible at all. I know there is grease build up in places I cannot access or even see because even after I have cleaned everything I can possibly clean until there are no traces of any grease residue at all, when I am cooking and the heat rises, nasty grease melts from somewhere and trickles down the inside of the hood and drips onto my counter and range top. I suppose if I was tiny like George from George Shrinks, I'd be able to get into those places. It really makes me angry, needless to say, after I've spent an entire afternoon cleaning the thing obsessively. Granted we cook a lot and fully utilize our equipment, but isn't that why one buys a "professional" level range and hood? It seems this hood should be easier to clean and that the design should ensure that grease does not get trapped in places one can't ever reach. I am again disappointed in Viking (I've complained about my range here before, too). Seems Viking products might be more about form & style than high quality and performance.

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