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According to the NFPA – National Fire Protection Association Standard – Code 96, all commercial and restaurant kitchens must have an exhaust fan kit installed into their exhaust system. They are not only required by the NFPA, but also by local codes and insurance companies.
What is the function of the exhaust fan hinge?
There are many types, styles, varieties and forms of hinge kits. They all serve the same purpose. These are used to make the exhaust system easier to clean and maintain. The hinge kits include a locking pin-based chain attachment. This allows the turbine’s tilt to be locked so that it can be cleaned or maintained. After cleaning, the pin and chain can be used to lock the system in place.
Safety. The exhaust system for a kitchen or commercial kitchen is used to remove grease, smoke, and other particles floating in the air. It must go somewhere, and is often vented on the roof.
An exhaust fan hinge kit can make it easier to clean, inspect and maintain your exhaust system. It will also prevent the lid from being damaged or dented. It is possible for the lid to become damaged by being removed from the turbine and placed on the roof.
The fan and electrical cords are another area that can be safeguarded when a hinge is installed. Many times, the electrical cords must be disconnected if the lid needs to be taken off. If these cords are not kept in a safe place, they could be damaged during cleaning. They may also not have been properly re-attached. The fan is also vulnerable to damage.
The hinge kit eliminates potential hazards and makes it easier to use. The hinge kit is intended to secure the lid in a locked position that allows for cleaning, maintenance and inspection. The majority of workers don’t think to inspect the roof system. It is better to have someone come in regularly to clean the hood and maintain it.
If the exhaust hinge kit is missing, those technicians who require access to the inside of the turbine will need to take the lid off. This can take time, and it is often necessary to have more than one person access the exhaust hinge kit. The hinge kit makes it easy to open the lid and lock it securely. This makes it safer to gain entry.
A hinge kit that is installed can also be a cost-saving option. You can access it in less time and only one person is required to open it.
There are many varieties of hinge kits. They are not all the same price. You want one that is easy to install and durable. Although it may be more expensive, it will last longer and provide you with the assurance that they are not going to break down often. If you are not comfortable installation, hire a professional.
Chicago Hood Cleaning Pros does keep hinges in their inventory. We keep a stock of hinges in our vehicles to avoid having to return to the office, making you wait longer than necessary.
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