Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan | Super Blog

Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Time: 15 minutes

When was the last time you took a peek inside your bathroom exhaust fan? Chances are, it could use a good scrubbing. Your fan helps prevent excess humidity from damaging your walls and cabinetry, expels unpleasant odors, and prevents mold and mildew growth. Left unattended, dust accumulation can damage the motor and cause it to become noisy.

15 minutes twice a year is all you need to keep your fan in great shape.

What’s in it for you?

  • Fewer repairs
  • Improved efficiency
  • Water damage prevention

To Clean Your Exhaust Fan:

  1. Turn off the power. You can power it off at the switch, or flip the circuit breaker.
  2. Remove the cover. Gently pull down on the cover, then compress the spring-loaded wire clips on each side of the cover to free them from the fan housing. If there is a plug under your cover, unplug it.
  3. Clean the cover. Use a brush or vacuum to remove dust, then soak it in warm water with a couple drops of dish soap.
  4. Clean the fan housing. Use a vacuum’s nozzle attachment to clean inside the fan box, and clear debris from the blades and motor. You can also use the vacuum crevice tool or a stiff paintbrush to clean hard to reach areas.
  5. Lubricate moving parts. Use a silicone lubricant to help your fan run smoothly and quietly. Some motors have dedicated oil-holes, but you can also place a few drops of oil along each end of the motor shaft.
  6. Replace the cover. Make sure the cover is completely dry, then press the spring-loaded clips together before slipping them back into their slots in the fan housing. Make sure the fan cover is pushed up enough to sit against the ceiling.

Pro Tip: Put your fan on a switch timer and run it during every shower and for 15-20 minutes afterward to keep moisture, mold, and mildew at bay.

Find a problem? Give us a call at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a pro ASAP.

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