August Home Maintenance To-Do List

Removing the cover on a bathroom exhaust vent fan.
Removing the cover on a bathroom exhaust vent fan.

To-Do #3: Clean and Maintain Bathroom Vent Fan

Running a bathroom vent fan during and for 10-20 minutes after you shower or bath is important to remove excess humidity and prevent mold or mildew from forming. Cleaning the vent fan annually will keep it running quietly and efficiently.

To clean a bathroom vent fan:

  1. Turn the power off to the fan.
  2. Remove the cover (on most fans you pull down on the cover to extend it, then compress the spring wires on each side to take it off).
  3. Use a brush or vacuum to remove dust from the cover, then scrub it in soapy water.
  4. Vacuum out the dust from inside the fan box and wipe off the blades.
  5. Spray the moving parts with silicone lubricant to help it run smoothly and quietly.
  6. Replace the vent fan cover.
  7. Turn the power back on.
  8. Check to see if the fan is working properly. If not, remove and replace the vent fan motor.

Check out our video on How To Maintain a Bathroom Vent Fan to find out more.

While you have the stepladder in the bathroom, remove any cobwebs, scrub mildew off the ceiling or walls, and replace burned out or old inefficient light bulbs with energy saving LED or CFL bulbs.


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13 COMMENTS

  1. What can I do to repair or replace the wood that has pulled apart from the right angles that frame our bay window? I have tried caulking, but the gaps seem to be too wide.

  2. Question about ac unit indoors. I have removed old filter and replace with new. Notice coils are dirty with dust that is wet. What are some ways to clean the coil, and inside until.

  3. I have cement stairs in the front of my house , they have been painted many many times now it needs new paint but I`m having a hard time to get all the old paint off do you have any idea how to get it all off ..thx

  4. When cleaning the refrigerator coils, go the extra distance and clean the refrigerator fan as well. On my old model, it’s accessed at the back of the unit, at the bottom, and requires removal of a couple of screws. Those fans can become nearly clogged with dust, dirt, and pet hair over time. Cleaning them can really improve the performance of the refrigerator. Mine stopped switching on as often, which saved on the electric bill. MUST UNPLUG REFRIGERATOR BEFORE DOING COILS OR FAN!!!

  5. I need to put a sealant on my deck. It is not painted just bare wood. It has been pressure washed just need to seal the wood from the elements. What should I use?

  6. we need to put a sealant on our deck. It is all painted. It has been pressure washed just need to seal the wood frem from the elements. What should I use?

  7. Hi,

    Could you produce a show on cleaning bathroom tile and grout. My tile is black looks moldy. Could you please help.

    Thanks,

    Ruben

    • Hi, Ruben! Have you tried Wet & Forget Shower? It’s perfect for cleaning soap scum and fighting mold and mildew. Best of luck!

  8. JC Regarding dirty AC coil, you can buy a coil cleaning solvent at Home Depot or most hardware stores. Follow the instructions, removing the solvent with low pressure water (garden hose), which will drain out your overflow pan.

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