How to Clean a Tower Fan

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Updated February 10, 2023
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Difficulty None
Steps 7
Time Required 10 minutes
Things to Know

Keeping the best fans clean ensures that they work better for longer. Learning how to clean a tower fan isn’t difficult at all. You’ll only need a tool and a few supplies to get your fan back in working order. Cleaning is one of the essential parts of regular maintenance, so keep reading to find out how to keep your tower fan clean.


  • First, unplug the power cord to your fan. Once this is done, use a soft cloth or a vacuum attachment and remove loose dust from the vents.
  • Lay your fan down. Then, unscrew the screws on the housing that holds the back panel on the fan. You should have access to the internal components now.
  • Clean the parts of any loose dust, including the motor housing, brackets, and other internal components.

Cleaning Your Tower Fan

Knowing how to clean your fan begins with understanding how fans work. For example, asking “How do heat-powered fans work?” is a great starting point for learning more about fans for wood-burning stoves. Cleaning every part of your fan is essential, no matter the type. For example, learning how to clean fan blades can significantly decrease wear over time.

Insider Tip

Removing the layers of dust in your tower fan will help it work better and circulate air more thoroughly.

The important part is just knowing how to clean a fan in general. Today, you’ll learn how to clean your tower fan properly.


Learning more about your fan should be your first step. Knowing how to use an air circulator fan helps you avoid cleaning often. Also, ensure the fan is removed from its power source by unplugging the power cord.


Use a vacuum brush attachment with your vacuum cleaner to gently remove dust from your exterior vent. You can also use a dust brush for this.


Next, remove the screws holding the fan’s frame. Then, gently pry the casing using your screwdriver. You should now have unrestricted access to the entire vent system.


You’ll need to lay the fan down on its side for this next step on one of the flat surfaces in your home. Use compressed air to remove debris and dust from the fan vent gently.


Take your vacuum cleaner brush attachment and gently clean the vents. This will help remove stubborn dust that has accumulated.


Focus your vacuum attachment or dust brush on the motor housing and other internal components. You can also use a microfiber cloth or microfiber duster.


If you don’t clean out stray dust regularly, your fan will not work correctly.


Then, screw back on the panel you took off. You now have successfully followed the cleaning instructions for a tower fan.

STAT: A house with a standard gas furnace (80% efficient) using an exhaust fan for continuous ventilation will cost about $120 per year. (source)

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