Commercial Vent Hood Grease Filters are not all created equal. Most grease filters are washable to be reused. The issue with this is that over time, the filter doesn’t come clean and needs to be completely replaced. Just replacing the filter itself can be quite costly. On top of that, it creates a situation where the vent hood needs professional vent hood cleaning by a qualified company to avoid things like poor ventilation and kitchen fires. While this has been the general rule of practice for years, there is now a better solution! Shepherd Disposable Grease Filters solve a lot of the problems encountered when using traditional vent hood filters.
Because Shepherd Grease Filters are disposable, annual vent hood cleaning costs are reduced by upwards of over 40%. Using a disposable vent hood grease filter from Shepherd also ensures that you are not in a situation where the filter wasn’t cleaned properly and ends up causing vent hood fan issues, or worse yet, a kitchen fire. Below is a step-by-step guide on exactly how to change a Shepherd Filter. First is the overview list, then we will break down each step in more detail with images included.
7 Steps To Change Your Shepherd Filter
- Remove the dirty filter
- Separate the filter components
- Remove the frame cover
- Dispose of the old filter
- Replace with a fresh new filter
- Re-install filter cover
- Place the new, fresh filter back into the vent hood system
Detailed Guide To Changing A Shepherd Filter
1. Remove The Dirty Filter
Chances are, over time, your filter will become filled with grease. We recommend using a ladder and manually removing the dirty filters from the vent hood rather than using a removal tool. The reason for this is that the removal tool has a high probability of dropping the filter and potentially damaging the frame cover and/or causing injury. If you prefer to use the removal tool, we recommend full concentration and extreme caution.
2. Separate The Filter Components
The way Shepherd Filters are designed, there will be additional filter material outside the frame cover. This is completely normal and is there on purpose. With one hand, grab the excess material and with the other hand, grab the handle of the frame cover.
3. Remove The Frame Cover
Pulling in opposite directions with each hand will separate the wool filter material from the frame cover. Be gentle as to not damage the frame cover, but don’t be afraid to apply a little force if necessary as there is possibly sticky grease on the inside. In the rare event that it feels stuck, gently agitate the frame cover handle with one hand and the excess filter material with the other to encourage separation.
4. Dispose Of The Old Filter
Completely remove the soiled filter from the frame cover. You can use the clean part of the filter that was extra material before to wipe down the frame cover if necessary to reduce any residual grease. Once this is completed, the soiled filter can be disposed of in any trash. There are no special requirements for disposing of the filters.
5. Replace With A Fresh New Filter
Place a new filter over the frame and ensure the excess wool on the filter is even around all sides of the filter frame. In other words, there will be some excess material on the outside of the filter frame, but the filter itself should be as centered inside the frame as possible.
6. Re-install Filter Cover
Snap the cover back onto the frame the same way it was before removal. If you forget which way the frame goes on, remember to lineup the inner nipples and dimples, which will lock into place. There are only two ways to insert the cover, so if one way doesn’t lock in correctly, turn the frame 90 degrees and try it again.
7. Place The New, Fresh Filter Back Into The Vent Hood System
Install the clean unit back into the vent hood and that’s it! You are done.