Clean and Oil
a Bathroom
Exhaust Fan

Clean and Oil a
Exhaust Fan

A bathroom exhaust fan
require maintenance
about once a year.

Bathroom exhaust fans
pick up dust, lint and any
other debris that happens
to be in the air.

As the motor gets covered
with dust and grime, the
motor may not cool
properly, resulting in

Fires can even start from
overheated motors.

Because the bathroom
fan is out of sight,
maintenance may be
overlooked by most

When the motor quits
or starts making a lot
of noise, it really needs
to be cleaned and oiled.

If you wait too long the
motor may wear beyond

To start the maintenance,
make sure the power is
turned off. Turn the
power off at the breaker

Remove the grill; usually
one thumb nail screw
holds it in place.

You may have to pry it l
oose from the ceiling, if
it hasn't been removed in
a long time and has got
painted in.

Run a sharp knife
around the edge of the
grill before removing.

This will reduce any large
chips of paint coming off
the ceiling, along with
the grill.

The motor and fan is
attached to a metal bracket
and you can remove the
motor and fan with the
bracket as an assembly.

Remove the one or two
metal screws holding the
metal bracket in place,
and swing out the fan

Unplug the fan from the
receptacle, or disconnect
the wires if it is

Place the motor and fan
on an old towel to work

Brush all the loose dirt
with a small paint brush.

Use a vacuum cleaner to
suck out as much dust
and grime as you can.

Use a DAMP rag with a
cleaning solution, such as
Mr. Clean.
Wipe the fan blades and
motor exterior clean.

Place a couple drops of
number 30 weigh oil on
each end of the motor

You may have to separate
the motor to get at the
one end.

Two long bolts hold it

When done, spin the fan
blades by hand; wipe
off any excess oil with
a rag.

Use a Vacuum cleaner on
the ceiling enclosure.

Reassemble the unit, place
it back into its closure,
connect the power wires
and replace the ceiling

Turn the power breaker
switch on and test the
bathroom fan.

The fan should be
functioning quietly.

You have just completed
the maintenance on your
bathroom fan and saved
yourself some problem
and, money later on.

The newer fan assemblies
may use a different type of
fan/motor that will not fit
into the old ceiling fan box.

If the complete fan assembly
needed to be replaced,
it would result in more time
and expense.

Remember a drop of oil
in time saves money
and time.


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