General housekeeping is commonplace, and many people even think about those hard-to-see locations collecting dirt, for example behind your refrigerator and in drains. But most homeowners forget to look up, and that’s where an exhaust fan could be clogged with dust and hair.
Benefits from cleaning your exhaust fan include the following.
- Odors go away faster. Who doesn’t like a fresher smelling bathroom.
- Fan may run quieter. Dispensing with unnecessary noise supports a meditative or pampering deep tub soak; and on the lighter side, that racket will not interfere with Facebook videos.
- Air flow in the bathroom will be better. Adequate air flow in your bathroom is important because when your shower is on, steam rises and moisture hangs in the air. Without proper exhaust fan operation, moisture may produce mold on the walls and ceiling.
The best way to clean your fan is to first make certain power is turned off to the fan. Then take down the vent cover. If there is a light, remove the light bulb then the next layer holding the bulb socket via screws or tabs. Then you will be able to see inside the vent. Take out the vent if you prefer or keep it in place and use a rag or can of spray air to clean the vent. After cleaning, reassemble then step back to admire your clean exhaust fan. Turn on the power to test operation and sound.
For your convenience, here’s a link providing detailed step-by-step instructions: https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/how-to-clean-a-bathroom-exhaust-fan/.
Author: Jordan Braun, Electrical Apprentice