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Home repairman shows how to replace bathroom fan in 5 minutes
Of all the home updates I need to make, this one is the easiest and most necessary.
Elijah Chan
12.30.22

For any homeowner, knowing how to repair things is a must.

It can save you a lot of time and resources, and you won’t be anxious in case anything needs urgent repairs.

This repair is easy as pie.

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The Home Improvement Channel on Youtube has a repository of household know-how, and one of the most important is how to fix a bathroom ventilation fan.

Brudy from The Home Improvement Channel shared that this is one of the costliest “repairs.”

People oftentimes think they should dismantle the whole ceiling ventilation system when the fans die out or if there’s a squeaking noise.

But there’s an easier way.

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The cost quickly ramp up because the labor would include drywall repairs, paint, and the replacement itself.

The trusted Youtube repairman said that this task can actually be done in five minutes or less.

First of all, one should research the type of ventilation fan they’re using.

There are different fans and some actually have modular or easily detachable.

People often think that the whole system needed to be replaced when in fact, it could be just to fan or motor.

There’s a fix for that.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Home Improvement Channel

Open the case to expose the fan system underneath.

Then, detach the fan from the system by prying the latches that hold it in place.

If screws are used, you need to remove those first and set them aside so you can easily find them later.

Detach the plate with the fan.

For replacements, you can install the new replacement at this point.

Make sure that the new fan system is latched properly because as he said, it would be crazy if someone is taking a dump and the fan falls on their head.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Home Improvement Channel

For extra precaution, you can screw the new fan system in place through the hole provided on the plate.

For repairs or replacement of specific parts, it’s time to take the fan apart.

Using a brush, light scrub off the crusts of dust on the surfaces of your fan system.

Next, disassemble the fan system.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Home Improvement Channel

Pull the fan off the rod and unscrews the motor and the place.

This can help you replace specific parts like the motor, the fan, and even the plate if it’s rusted.

This can also help you fully clean the fan system.

It makes a big difference.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Home Improvement Channel

You can brush off the gunk but it’s better if you have access to an air compressor so you can easily blow out dust and other particles.

Last, you can disassemble the motor.

Unscrew the clamps so you can see the inside of the motor.

As Brudy said, the lubricant can “gum up” and become so sticky that it stops the fan from turning.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Home Improvement Channel

Once you release the wheel from the clamps, you can now clean the parts.

Scrub out the old grease.

You can also use a de-greaser to remove the oil completely.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Home Improvement Channel

Apply lubricant to the clamps and the fan shaft.

Then, put the parts back together and make sure that everything is screwed tight. Isn’t that easy?

Now you can repair bathroom ventilation fans without wasting extra dollars!

See how to dismantle and repair bathroom fans in under five minutes in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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