The squirrel cage blades have a unique shape that curve and they collect dirt well. I've never seen a fan so clogged completely. Is there anyway to clean these easily? I tried a vacuum and tooth brush but it's difficult.
The big sticky stuff comes out after much brushing/picking at the blades but they are still a mess. I believe that unless I can really get them clean, air circulation will suffer.
I would love to remove it from the ceiling and get at the fan directly, but it's installed under a fire "door" shroud and I'd have a real mess.
I don't have hi pressure air.
(I assume the dirt is "structurally" sound because of a previous smoker.)
On Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:33:24 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
How big was the nozzle on your vacuum? Was it a vacuum meant for
carpets, that is, full size?
I'd attach somethin to the tube that made the inlet maybe a 1/2". That
should speed up the air going through it and maybe flush soem more dirt
off. I can't picture your situation, so maybe this won't work.
I don't agree.
The fan will work fine with a bit of dust left in it.
Don't try to go nuts cleaning it, it's a waste of time.
You might want to go shopping for brushes.
I have a few different long narrow brushes.
The type made of twisted wire and bristles.
Well I found a "whisk" brush used to clean suits. It had long, thin plastic compliant bristles that could be jammed between the blades. I added a little soap and, one hour later, it's now clean enough. It moves the air well.
(Sure a lot of political junk and invective in here. Too bad this isn't moderated. Used to be a nice clean group.)
Thanks for the suggestions.
dirt well. I've never seen a fan so clogged completely. Is there anyway t
o clean these easily? I tried a vacuum and tooth brush but it's difficult.
but they are still a mess. I believe that unless I can really get them cle
an, air circulation will suffer.
ut it's installed under a fire "door" shroud and I'd have a real mess.
*I feel your pain. I have replaced and repaired many bath fans for custome
rs over the years. The worst ones have multiple animals in the house. The
excess dust, hair, and dander not only inhibits air flow, the extra weight
of it puts a strain on the fan motor.
The motor unit is removable, but the screws are usually set far back. I ha
ve an extra long Philips screwdriver that I bought just for Panasonic fans.
It is possible to get replacement parts from Panasonic. Q-Tip swabs work
and so does bamboo kabob skewers, even toothpicks are useful. There are lo
ng cotton swabs available for commercial applications. Air blowing and vac
uuming only get so much. You must scrape to get it all off. Just keep at
After you get it all cleaned out, do what I did. I bought a sheet of reusa
ble furnace filter and cut pieces to fit inside the fan grill. Every few m
onths I pull them out and wash with soap and water, then put them back.
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