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Cleaning the downdraft vent grille, grease filter, and ventilation chamber

Is the grease filter clean and installed correctly?  Is the ventilation chamber clean?

For optimal performance, operate downdraft ventilation system with the filter properly installed.  To avoid the buildup of grease, the filter should be cleaned often.

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Cleaning vent grill:Edit section

IMPORTANT: Before cleaning, make sure all controls are off and the cooktop is cool. Always follow label instructions on cleaning products.

Food spills containing acids, such as vinegar and tomato, should be cleaned as soon as the entire appliance is cool. These spills may affect the finish.

  • Lift off the Vent Grill/Grate.
  • To avoid damage do not use soap filled scouring pads, abrasive cleaners, steel wool pads, gritty washcloths or abrasive paper towels.
  • Soap, water and a soft cloth or sponge are suggested first unless otherwise noted.
  • Wipe clean or wash in sink: Use nonabrasive scrubbing pad and mildly abrasive cleanser. Rinse with clean water and dry with soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Dishwasher: Use mild detergent.

Removable grease filter

The filter is a permanent type and should be cleaned when soiled.

  • Turn off the downdraft ventilation system before removing the filter.
  • Remove vent grate then lift the filter out of the vent chamber.
  • Clean the filter in the sink with warm water and detergent or in the dishwasher.

Replace the filter.

  • The filter should always be placed at an angle. As you face the front of the cooktop, the top of the filter should rest against the side of the vent  opening.
  • The bottom of the filter should rest against the opposite side of the vent chamber at the bottom.
  • If the filter is flat against the fan wall, ventilation effectiveness will be reduced.

The filter is replaceable.

This part can be ordered at our Purchase Genuine Parts site.

Ventilation chamber

IMPORTANT: Before cleaning, make sure all controls are off and the cooktop is cool. Always follow label instructions on cleaning products.

The ventilation chamber, which houses the filter, should be cleaned in the event of spills or when it becomes coated with a film of grease.

  • Turn off the downdraft ventilation system before cleaning the Ventilation Chamber.
  • Mild household detergent or cleanser and paper towel, damp cloth or sponge:
  • Apply detergent or cleanser to paper towel, damp cloth or sponge, not directly to the ventilation chamber.
  • Use affresh® Kitchen and Appliance Cleaner.

affresh® cleaners are available at many retailers. Find one here.