Exhaust fans are crucial to your home HVAC system, especially the ventilation part. Having them clean and fresh is as important as any cleaning job in your home. But mold removal can be costly. However, there is one way to cut back from the HVAC cost. DIY cleaning.
Here’s how you can clean the exhaust fans in your home, all by yourself –
Step 1 – Cut off the power
The first step is to turn off the electricity. You can do it by turning off the circuit breaker or switch. Make sure you are not in contact with the electricity in any way when you begin to clean up the exhaust fan.
Step 2 – Remove the cover
Next step is to remove the cover. Get the exhaust fan off and put it on an accessible place. Sometimes, the exhaust fan is connected to the side by metal pins or spring clips. Simply pull them apart or squeeze to take the fan out for cleaning
Step 3 – Wash the fan cover
Now that you have separated the fan from the cover, you need to clean them individually. First, wash the fan cover. You can wash them in a sink or in a big bowl. For cleaning, you can use warm water and soap. You can brush them or use a wiping cloth. If you want, vacuuming is an alternative option.
Step 4 – Unplug the fixture
Next step is unplugging the fixture. Slowly unplug is and get your screwdriver ready for next step.
Step 5 – Remove the visible screws
Now, depending on the model, you will see regular screws or Philips screws. You need to unscrew them to take the motor out.
Step 6 – Clean up the fan blades
Once you have cleaned the cover and removed the motor, it is time to clean the fan blades. You can also do this in your sink. Just make the cleaning mixture with soap and water or buy the bottled ones available in the market. Now, using a damp cloth you can wipe the fan blades off, one at a time.
Step 7 – Clean the exhaust vent
Then you need to clean the exhaust vent and its surrounding area. Once you clean them, leave everything to dry.
Step 8 – Assemble the unit
The last step is to assemble the exhaust fan as it was. Just follow the steps backward and you’ll end up your fan installed in its place.
See the summary here in this infographic – 8 Steps To Keep Your Exhaust Fans Mold Free [Infographic]
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