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How to Clean an Oscillating Fan

If you have an oscillating fan then they can be great but they can also be a right pain; they could be a little noisy and if so then they can get right on your nerves.  If you follow these instructions then you could find it a little easier for you to clean out your oscillating fan with ease and as well as staying safe.

If you want to clean out your oscillating fan then try to do so regularly, once you get the hang of it then it will become second nature to you so try cleaning out every month or few weeks to help keep the maintenance up.  You don’t want to have to replace the fan every few weeks or months because it will end up costing you a lot of money and in the end your patience will run out

Oscillating Fan1 How to Clean an Oscillating Fan

What You Will Need

  • Hot water
  • Cleaner
  • Screwdriver
  • Cloth

    Step 1 - Disassemble

    You should firstly try to disassemble the parts of the oscillating fan; if you have no experience in taking apart electrical things then don’t worry we all have to start something.  To clean the fan you should remember to turn off all power in your home or certainly to your oscillating fan because you don’t want to have an accident and give yourself an injury.

    Once you have got all of the power off for the oscillating fan then you can start off by cleaning the outer part of the fan, the grille first.  It’s usually screwed into place so you will need to simply unscrew them and remove the grille.  Now once you have removed it you are going to be able to wash that, you could really give this a good wash if you were to soak this for a good ten or so minutes.

    You are going to be able to see your blades; now you can take them out – usually one piece – they will be attached by one screw which you will remove and you are going to be able to clean the blades one by one.

    Step 2 – Cleaning and Drying

    When it comes to the cleaning part of the oscillating fan then you are going to have to get some hot soapy water and a cloth and clean as much dirt off your blades as possible.  Go over each one carefully because you might find that some of the dirt is stubborn and won’t move but don’t worry after a lot of elbow grease then you should be able to get the dirt removed.  You are also going to need to scrub the grille of the fan also; this might be some work but you’ll get there in the end.

    You are going to have to make sure that there are no water anywhere near the electrical components of the fan because you might end up short circuiting the fan meaning it won’t work again.  Clean the inside of the fan with a cloth but no water at all otherwise you might end up damaging the fan.

    You will need to wash all of the parts and leave them to dry off for around thirty or so minutes; then when they have dried off you will have to put all of the parts back into the fan.

    The last part will be to try to test the fan out so that the parts are all back in right working order and is working properly also.

    How to Clean a Mixed Flow Extractor Fan

    When you have a mixed flow extractor fan then you are going to have to work hard to keep it working perfectly and prolonging its life by making sure that you have kept it clean and tidy.  The only problem with that is that it can be easy to build up; these can help your homes greatly but you do need to keep them cleaning often.

    If you follow these few instructions then you could get your centrifugal extractor fan to run perfectly for a long time to come.

    Tools and Materials Needed

    • Ladder
    • Rags
    • Washing detergent or a liquid soap
    • Vacuum cleaner
    • A broken or unusable toothbrush
    • Dry cloth

    Mixed Flow Extractor Fan How to Clean a Mixed Flow Extractor Fan

      Step 1: Turn Off Unit

      You should make sure that your power source has been switched off from the main source of power; so that you don’t get yourself injured by the electricity of the fan.

      Step 2: Mix Cleaning Solution

      You are going to need a cleaning mixture; this will usually be something like hot water and some cleaning detergent.  Remember to wear your protective gloves when you are using the cleaning mixture so you don’t get any irritation on your skin; remember when you are cleaning you should be wearing protective items.

      Step 3: Lubrication of Bearings

      With a centrifugal extractor fan, the belt driven centrifugal fan is something that makes the air circulated making it easier to work of course.  When it comes to these fans then you are going to need two things; cleanliness and oiling; if you have an old fan then you will probably have sleeve bearings which help to oil the metal on metal surfaces.  They usually do this around six or seven times a year; this helps to stop any dirt from building so that your unit is going to keep working for longer.

      With newer models of these fans then they are going to have self oiling bearings but if they don’t work properly then you are going to have to replace the unit.

      Step 4: Cleaning the Blades

      The blades can have a lot of dirt and dust building up on them because they are prone to do so; if you are cleaning your blades regularly then it is going to reduce the risk of any debris building up it is always a good idea to get the blades cleaned out every month or two months at the most.

      When you have a smaller fan then it take over an hour or so because you need to remove all of the blades but when you have a bigger fan then it can take twice as long or more.

      Step 5: Reassemble Unit

      Now that you have cleaned your fan and your blades thoroughly then you will now need to put all of the parts back together where they were when you found them.  Your airflow will be better flowing; you should know what the safety rules are first before you clean out these units however.

      How to Clean a Kitchen Extractor Fan

      Many of us have a kitchen extractor fan; this helps to prevent fumes, smells and grease from building up in your kitchen and take it back outside.  This can help but the truth is that the fan might get clogged up easily so you are going to need to get this cleaned regularly so that your fan is going to work.  You can clean your kitchen extractor fan in a number of ways prolonging its life.

      Tools and Materials Needed

      • Soapy Water
      • Sponge
      • Polish
      • Dusters
      • Vacuum Cleaner
      • Screwdriver

      Kitchen Extractor Fan How to Clean a Kitchen Extractor Fan

        Safety

        Before you think about cleaning your extractor fan then you need to think about the safety of you; you are going to need to switch the power off from the main fuse box.  You don’t want to have an accident and get electrocuted; taking out the power means that you won’t get electrocuted.

        Step 1 – Unscrew the Vent

        After you have switched all of the power off then you will start by unscrewing your vent from the inside of your home and outside also; now the vent will usually only be attached with screws so unscrewing these are easy and quick to do.  After this you will remove the vents from both inside and out.

        Step 2 – Unclip the Fan

        Your fan is going to be attached to the internal part of the extractor fan so it could be that your vent is being attached by clippings so you will need to unclip the fan and remove the fan.  Sometimes the whole of the fan shouldn’t be removed because you have to be very careful when it comes to cleaning the actual fan – this will be the water you use.

        Step 3 – Wash the Housing

        You should wash the housing of the fan with hot and soapy water; you should remember that it is not a wise choice when it comes to trying to wash the fan by putting the electrical parts right into water because it could damage the fan beyond repair so using a cloth to clean the fan is the best idea.

        Step 4 – Clean the Fan

        Your blades of the fan can be a little dirty so that is when you get a duster and a can of polish and clean the fan but be careful when you are cleaning it.  You don’t want to get any water in the fan or any part of the fan including the motor; you really do need to avoid using a lot of water when cleaning the fan.

         How to Clean a Kitchen Extractor Fan

        Step 5 – Clean the Duct

        The truth is with your duct then a lot of things can accumulate inside of it; you should use a vacuum to finish cleaning the inside of the duct, using this will help clean out much of the dust.

        Step 6 – Reassemble

        Now that you have finished cleaning the fan then you should start putting the parts back into the extractor fan.  It should be reconstructed as to how it was when you opened it up so remember what you did to put it back together.  The last thing to do will be to test drives it to make sure that it is working.

        How to Change the Blade of an Oscillating Fan

        A popular choice for many people’s homes are not the usual air conditioning systems, not even some fans like home fans or even desk or floor fans.  Everyone is going to have their own choices when it comes to choosing an air conditioning system so many might want to use a floor fan and some might want to use just a small desk fan but one which is becoming quite popular in many homes is the Oscillating fan.  These are quite useful to have around the home, to keep these clean and working properly is another matter however.

        There a few things that you are going to need to do to keep your Oscillating fan working properly; so changing the blades on the fan is something that should be done but you don’t need to worry it is not a very hard task to do.  If you know what you’re doing then it can be a very easy task that you will need to do; in fact you could probably do this with your eyes closed after you’ve done it the first time.

        Oscillating Fan How to Change the Blade of an Oscillating Fan

        To change the blade of the Oscillating fan you will need to open the grille over the fan firstly; this should be done easily – sometimes it will just pop off or sometimes it could be screwed down so whichever one it is easy to remove the grille anyway.  You should remove all of the dust from the fan meaning you are going to have to clean each part of the fan properly as well as removing the blade so that you could replace them.  A lot of people won’t know how to do this at first though which is understandably though so read on and you could find a few simple instructions.

        The first step that you should take is to unplug your fan, now that should be something that doesn’t need to be said but a lot still don’t think about it sometimes so unplugging the fan is crucial.  You should then take the grille from the Oscillating fan which will usually be made from wire so it will be easy to remove.  You will find your motor and the fan blades also; a clip or some screws will be holding the parts together of the grille.

        Your blades are going to be attached to the centre of the fan and you will probably find a screw on cap that keeps all this together and attached.  You will need to take the cap off and then you are going to be able to remove the blades which are going to be replaced and replace them.

        You should get a cloth, damp usually but not soaking wet and wipe down each part of the fan; clean the wire grille, blades, motor so that you can remove all of the dust from them.  When you have got your new blade then make sure that it is dust free but you should note that for your oscillating blade is going to be curved but towards the front of the blade.  Now you are going to be able to replace the blades into the fan itself and put the cap back on making sure that it is tight and secure.  Put your grille back on the front of the fan and there you have it, your fan is like new again.

        How to Care For Your Whole House Fan

        Our homes have to be perfect, everyone knows that.  Whether you are a family household or just living by yourself, you know that your home can make up a part of your image and if it doesn’t look great then you don’t feel great.  We everything that we possibly can to try to make them a little more perfect; sometimes it can be the wallpaper and décor and sometimes it can are your air conditioning.  You don’t want a air condition unit that is no good, that cuts out and doesn’t cool down your rooms at all otherwise they are of no real use.  That is when you should get some type of air conditioning unit that is going to be perfect; some choose to get floor fans and some get a whole house fan.

        When we do get a whole house fan some of us don’t think about the future for it or the responsibilities; the truth is we are going to have to keep this clean to make sure it works properly.  There are many things in which you can do to keep your whole house fan in proper working order so that you can use it whenever you need to and is going to last for years; you don’t want to keep on buying them every few months because they can rack up a hefty bill.

        Whole House Fan How to Care For Your Whole House Fan

        If you want your whole house fan to last long then you could try a few things; you should first know which one you really want to go for.  Which one is going to be more suitable for your home, and is going to keep it cool.  When you are picking one out then you need to know if there is going to be enough vent area in your attic because that can be important.

        If you want to know how to look after your whole house fan then follow these few simple steps;

        • Cleaning the motor and the fan blades to the fan is important and should be done on a frequent base.  You need to keep the blades and motor clean because you are going to find that the dirt can build up and can often get a little greasy on the motor which if it has not been properly cleaned frequently then your fan is going to overheat.  Meaning that you are going to probably have to buy spare parts of a new fan altogether.
          • If you like to keep the speeds of the fan up high then try to lessen the pace because you only really want it on a high temperature if your home is warm so keeping it at a low temperature when your home is cool.  Especially at during the night time, you don’t need the fan operating on a high speed meaning you are going to be less disturbed by the noise of the fan also.
          • Checking your fan regularly is important because the belts are usually made of rubber and might often need to be oiled to make it run smoother.
          • From where you have situated the fan you must make sure that there is nothing obstructing the fan and that if there is then move it.  Or if you have a lot of electrical wires around then you shouldn’t keep them there, it is a hazard.
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