My range hood, a Windster wall mounted, started to make noises two, three weeks ago at a defined frequency when I turn on the fan motor. The faster the fan setting, the more frequent the noise. Its as if something is scratching the motor. Given how long it has been, it doesn’t seem like leaves fall down from the vent chute into the motor. When I look at the fan from underneath, it seems like its not rotating along a fixed axis any more and wobbling a bit. The hood is 8 years old and cost about $600 (I think) when I bought it.
question is, how long does a typical hood lasts? Years or decades? The replacement motor costs $90. Not sure what is needed to take the hood apart, and replace the motor, and the labor cost associated with it. Do you think its worth it to do a motor replacement? Or does it make more sense to get a new one and have it installed?
Tips and advices appreciated. Thanks!