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Old 01-31-2016, 11:26 AM   #1
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Broken Damper on Range Hood

I have broken damper on my external range vent. The question I have is - Should I make the effort to replace the vent/damper, or leave as is? Is the damper really a requirement?

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Old 01-31-2016, 11:50 AM   #2
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When we had our fifth wheel if that damper was closed and we were using the gas oven, the range hood got so hot you could not touch it.. There was a warming sign on the range hood to have the damper operational when cooking on the stove top or oven. Too bad they can't make one that is quiet running.
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:50 AM   #3
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My damper is gone, but I try to close up the opening during periods on non-use to keep critters out.
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Old 02-01-2016, 11:29 PM   #4
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Are you talking about the plastic flap. If so.

I made a new one out of aluminum and then used a aluminum hinge so it opens and closes.

Fits under the factory cover so still looks all stock and works better that the original one.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:06 PM   #5
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Yes, the plastic flap.

One of the plastic pins snapped off, I still have the flap.

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Old 02-02-2016, 11:38 PM   #6
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Well there you go.

Do the aluminum one like I did. Just trace out the factory one.
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Yes, the plastic flap.

One of the plastic pins snapped off, I still have the flap.

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I'm in exactly the same situation. Mine has been like that a long time. I take it out completely when we camp(open). When we are towing or in storage, I put it back in. Seems to stay in place with the two bottom tabs flipped up.
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I'm in exactly the same situation. Mine has been like that a long time. I take it out completely when we camp(open). When we are towing or in storage, I put it back in. Seems to stay in place with the two bottom tabs flipped up.
At this point, that's exactly what I do. Just hope I remember to slide the locking tabs in place before moving.
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:01 AM   #9
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and NOW, how to keep it from flapping (banging) in winds over 10 miles per hour...!


I may try an aluminum made one...


mine is not broken or missing.. just annoying
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I'm in the same boat. Can you post pictures? What hinge did you use?
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Been thru that twice now, the first time i did not open it with the range on full blast and melted the flapper panel, replace it with one bought from E Bay, just stole the parts i needed off of it to fix the existing one. Second time, i guess not latching it down, the flapper panel was somehow gone, made a new one out of a piece of abs panel i had. Now i'm sure to latch it closed when traveling,
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I will get some pictures this week.

Just in training for the next few days.

If i recall it was 1 inch piano hinge. I cut two small pieces about 1 inch long and mounted them near each end. And the piano hinge is aluminum

And it's all pop riveted together also with aluminum pop rivets.
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I just bought a new one since mine is yellowing from age, its only 15 bux.... and a few screws and some caulk. just replace the whole piece.
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