My bathroom fan sounds like a dying goose desperately trying to come back to life, which means I should probably deep clean the bathroom fan. Yes, if your bathroom fan sounds like a dying animal, it’s time to clean it or replace it. I finally got the courage to clean mine —I’ve been certain that it had spiders in it due to recent spider sightings in my house.
Here’s what you need to clean the bathroom fan:
- Screwdriver with a flat head
- Cleaning brush
- Warm soapy water
- (Vacuum the cover first, if necessary) Pull the cover down. The cover is held in place by 2 metal clips that need to be pinched to be released.
- Unplug the fan motor and remove the screw holding the metal plate. The screw I removed is next to the water mark on the photo.
- Remove the bolt holding the metal plate to the motor and clean as needed with warm, soapy water.
- Soak the fan in warm soapy water and use a cleaning brush to remove any stubborn goo.
- Once the fan is completely dry, put it back together.
My fan still unfortunately sounds like a dying goose, but now it still runs. If your fan still makes terrible noises, even after cleaning it, you might consider getting a new one. Cleaning the bathroom fan is something that should be done about once a year.
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