How do I Clean the Vents of a Tower Fan?

Jenny Harrington

Tower fans take up less room than standard oscillating fans, making them suitable for small spaces. Their tall design creates a breeze at both floor and mid-room height. Like all fans, the vents of a tower fan attract dust and hair.

If allowed to build up, the dust blocks airflow through the fan and it doesn't work as well. Blocked vents can also overheat the motor, causing the fan to stop working. Regular cleaning prevents the dust from building up and damaging the fan.

  1. Unplug the fan to avoid electric shock. Locate the hardware that holds the vent panel in place, which is usually screws or clips. Either unclip the panel or remove the screws, then pull the vent panel off the fan. Some models do not come apart and must be cleaned while still fully assembled.

  2. Fill the sink with warm water and add two to three drops of mild dish soap. If your vent panel isn't removable, fill a bowl with the soap and water solution.

  3. Submerge removable panels in the soapy water and wash them clean with a soft cloth. For non-removable panels, dip the cloth in the bowl of soapy water and wipe each vent clean, taking care not to drip water into the fan.

  4. Rinse the removed panel in clear water. Wipe down attached panels with a clean, damp cloth to remove the soap residue.

  5. Wipe the panel dry with a towel or allow it to air dry completely before reattaching or using the fan.

  6. Tip

    Refer to the owner's manual. The manual usually has assembly instructions that indicate how the vent panel is attached. Clean the vent panel weekly by vacuuming it with a hose attachment to help prevent heavy dust buildup.