Even when I had it on a high speed, it didn't suck up any of the steam from boiling potatoes or the smell from frying bacon.
Albie and I decided it was just too old and it should be a priority to get a new one - preferably a stainless steel on to match our new stove.
Last week, I got home from work one night to find that Albie had already been to Home Depot to pick up the hood we had chosen at a previous visit. He took the old one down, and both fans were on the floor in the dining room.
When I walked into the kitchen to look at the empty spot, I immediately realized what the problem was - we have no vent.
So this entire time, the old fan has just been (slowly) sucking up air and blowing it right back into the kitchen. There is nowhere else for the air to go. No wonder it never really worked!