Bathroom vent fans serve an important function in your home by removing excess humidity, which can cause mold and mildew to form. To make sure your fans are in good working order, clean and test them every six months.

To clean and test a bathroom vent fan:

  1. Turn Off Power: Flip the switch that controls the fan or turn off the circuit breaker before cleaning the vent fan.
  2. Remove Cover: Remove the grille from the vent fan. Most vent fan covers are removed by pulling the cover down, then squeezing the metal springs on each side of the cover together.
  3. Clean Fan: Use a vacuum cleaner crevice tool attachment to remove dirt and debris from inside the fan housing, being careful not to damage the fan.
  4. Install Cover: Replace the vent fan cover on the fan by squeezing the metal springs together and fitting them in the slots on each side of the fan housing.
  5. Turn Power Back On: Flip the switch that controls the fan or turn the circuit breaker back on.
  6. Test Fan: Turn the fan on and place a full size tissue on the fan cover. If the fan is drawing properly, the tissue will be drawn to the fan cover. Turn the fan off to remove the tissue from the fan cover.

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Your bathroom ventilation fan reduces humidity and helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew in the bathroom, which is why it’s important to keep it clean.

Every six months remove the grille, unplug the fan, and vacuum out any debris that may have built up on the fan interior and duct; then clean the cover with water.

When reassembled, turn the fan on and press a full size tissue to the cover to ensure air is being exhausted .

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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