According to NFPA Standard 188.8.131.52, a kitchen exhaust fan must have a hinge. “Approved upblast fans with motors surrounded by the airstream shall be hinged, supplied with flexible weatherproof electrical cable and service hold open retainers, and listed for this use.”
In addition to helping you be NFPA 96 Standard compliant, proper hinging does 3 things. If a proper hinge is installed on the kitchen exhaust fan, it can significantly increase the longevity of the fan. This means fewer replacement costs for you. Proper hinging can also help prevent grease leaks by helping maintain the strength of seals! We all know how expensive and irritating grease leaks can be. Installing proper hinging on your kitchen exhaust fan helps ensure you don’t have to replace it as often as if you installed a hinge that was not well suited for your fan size and style.
We sell 4 different types of hinges. The type of hinge that would be best for you depends on the size of your kitchen exhaust fan as well as a few other factors. The four hinges we offer are: The Super Hinge, Quick Fit Super Hinge, the Econo Hinge, and the Easy Clean. We have put together a list of the pros and cons of each type of hinge to make selecting a proper hinge easier!
Our hinges not only help you meet NFPA 96 Standards, they also have a warranty for the life of the kitchen exhaust fan if the correct size hinge is placed on the fan! If you would like to hear more about any of our hinges or want to place an order, call 847-468-1772 and one of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you.