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How to Install Charcoal Filters on ZLINE Recirculating Hoods

How to Install Charcoal Filters on ZLINE Recirculating Hoods


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When it comes to kitchen ventilation, there are two main options: ducted and recirculating range hoods. 

Ducted range hoods, also known as vented or exhaust hoods, operate by expelling air outside the home through a duct system. This process effectively removes cooking byproducts, such as odors and smoke, by directing them outdoors.

In contrast, recirculating range hoods don't require an external duct system. Instead, they use charcoal filters to capture and neutralize odors and contaminants before recirculating the purified air back into the kitchen.

Recirculating range hoods are popular solutions in situations where adding ductwork is not possible or desired and often provide a budget-friendly alternative. ZLINE manufactures over 50 recirculating range hoods that do not require a pre-installed ducting system. 

If you use a ZLINE recirculating range hood to ventilate your kitchen, the charcoal filters should be replaced every 4-9 months depending on use in order to keep your kitchen air as fresh as possible. Taking a few moments to replace these filters can make a world of difference in preserving the air quality in your kitchen.

In this guide, we'll take you through the simple yet crucial process of installing these charcoal filters. First, we'll cover the CF1 which is compatible with ZLINE's CF1-compatible range hoods.

Second, we'll cover how to install the CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filters in select ZLINE Professional Recirculating Range Hoods.

Click below to jump to the CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filter installation.

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How to install/replace the CF1 charcoal filters on ZLINE Range Hoods

ZLINE has provided this helpful video walking through the process of changing the CF1 filter on CF1-compatible range hoods. ZLINE recirculating range hoods require a CF1 charcoal filter for each side of the internal blower/motor. The steps for changing the CF1 filters are as follows:

Step 1.

Unplug and disconnect the range hood from all electrical sources.

Step 2.

Remove the metal range hood baffle filters so that the internal blower/motor is visible. The internal blower/motor is highlighted in red in the images below.

ZLINE internal blower/motor location image 1.

ZLINE Internal Motor/Blower Location Image 2

Step 3.

Locate the top and bottom pins on the CF1 charcoal filter. The pin is circled in red in the image below.

CF1 filter pin location.

Step 4.

Align the top and bottom pins on the CF1 charcoal filter with the corresponding set screws on one side of the internal blower/motor. The set screws are circled in red in the image below.

ZLINE blower/motor filter set screw locations.

Step 5.

Rotate the CF1 charcoal filter counterclockwise so that the top and bottom pins slide underneath the set screws and lock into place. The CF1 charcoal filter should fit firmly in place.

Rotating the CF1 filter to lock it in place.

Step 6.

Repeat steps 3-5 on the other side of the internal blower/motor.

Step 7.

With a CF1 filter securely installed on both sides of the internal blower/motor, replace the metal baffle filters on your range hood.

Step 8.

Reconnect your recirculating range hood to power and test to ensure the air is circulating correctly through the filter, blower, and vents.

View CF1 Filter

How to install/replace the CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filter on ZLINE 587, 597, and 9597 Range Hoods

If your ZLINE Range Hood is a professional 500 CFM hood with model numbers 587, 597, or 9597, you will need the CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filter. The standard CF1 filter is not compatible with these models and will not work. The steps for changing the CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filters are as follows:

Step 1.

Unplug and disconnect the range hood from all electrical sources.

Step 2.

Remove the metal range hood baffle filters so that the internal 500 CFM motor is visible.

Step 3.

Locate the tab on the top of the CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filter. The red arrow points to the tab in the image shown below.

Tab location on CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filter.

Step 4.

Locate the tab slot on the 500 CFM motor. The red arrow points to the tab slot in the image shown below. 

Tab slot location on ZLINE 500 CFM motor.

Step 5.

Slide the tab into the tab slot as demonstrated by the direction of the red arrow in the first image below. The second image shows how the filter and tab slot will appear when the tab is properly inserted.

Sliding the filter tab into the tab slot of the motor.

A properly inserted filter tab into the tab slot.

Step 6.

Locate the pins on the opposite side of the CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filter. The red arrow points to the pins in the image shown below.

Location of pins on CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filter.

Step 7.

Locate the pin catch on the 500 CFM motor. The red arrow points to the pin catch in the image shown below.

Pin catch location on ZLINE 500 CFM motor.

Step 8.

Align the pins with the pin catch and rotate the filter in the direction of the red arrow so that the pins slide into the pin catch and lock in place as shown in the first image below. In the second image, the filter pins are outlined in red for reference.

How to instal filter pins into pin catch.

Filter pin install with pins outlined.

Step 9.

Once locked in place, the charcoal filter pins and pin catch with look like the first image below. In the second image, the filter pins are outlined in red for reference.

Properly installed filter pins into motor pin catch.

Properly installed filter pins outlined in red into motor pin catch.

Step 10.

Repeat steps 3-9 on the other side of the 500 CFM motor.

Step 11.

With a CF1-587/597/9597 charcoal filter securely installed on both sides of the 500 CFM motor, replace the metal baffle filters on your range hood.

Step 12.

Reconnect your recirculating range hood to power and test to ensure the air is circulating correctly through the filter, blower, and vents.

View CF1-587/597/9597 Filter

Conclusion

ZLINE's recirculating range hood technology ensures that no kitchen is left behind when it comes to proper kitchen ventilation. We hope this guide has been helpful and thank you for reading. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us, we are here to help!

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