August Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford
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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  • Ann Says:
    August 2nd, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Pressure washed the outside of my air conditioner. Now some of the out side is closed up . How do I open up the grill on it.


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    August 2nd, 2015 at 12:45 pm

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    August 2nd, 2015 at 11:51 am

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  • Penn Says:
    August 1st, 2015 at 9:48 am

    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!!!



  • Lise Says:
    August 31st, 2014 at 10:00 am

    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



  • JC Says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    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.



  • Holly S Says:
    August 1st, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Great list! Thanks



  • Karen Says:
    August 18th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    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.


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