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Fireplace blower fan cleaning tips

January 08, 2013

Fireplace blower fan cleaning tips

A fireplace in your home not only adds a certain warmth and festive feeling to any evening, but those crackling logs are also a great source of warmth when combined with a fireplace blower. A fireplace blower spreads the warm air throughout the room and helps to heat your home. If your fireplace blower is not providing the heat it used to, is running loud, or seems to be blowing hot air in the form of dust, it is likely time for a cleaning.
Exactly like a portable fan, a fireplace blower fan accumulates dust which, in turn, decreases the ability of the fins to smoothly cut through the air, therefore reducing the output.
By regularly cleaning your fireplace blower fan, you can bring back that effective heat distribution and the sound of the crackling fire.

Here is what you will need to get started:
- An old sheet or a painter’s tarp to protect the flooring around the fireplace blower
- The instruction manual for your fireplace blower ( for the manufacturer’s cleaning tips)
- A small, clean paint brush
- A broom or, ideally, a shop vac with a brush attachment
- An assortment of tools such as screwdrivers and pliers

Here are the basic steps for cleaning your fireplace blower (be sure to read the specific requirements for your model):
1. Make sure your fireplace is cool! If it’s not, walk away. Select another item on your To Do list. If your fireplace is cool, you may proceed to step 2.
2. If you are working with a gas fireplace, make sure that the gas and the pilot light are turned off. You will be working right in the core of the fireplace so you want to be sure these items are off.
3. Consult your fireplace blower fan owner’s manual to find the best way to access the fan for cleaning. You will either remove the fan assembly, or simply open the access panel. This step depends on the model and its specific manufacturer’s requirements. For certain models, simply opening up the front panel will give you complete access to the blower fins, for others, you will need to remove the blower assembly.
4. Once you reach the fireplace blower assembly, you need to clean each fin on the blower fan, use the paint brush or the shop vac. This step will remove all the dust and improve airflow.
5. Clean around the blower, including the motor, if you can access it, and the cover. Remove as much dust and debris as you can, this will improve airflow.
6. Important! Do not use any form of liquid, this includes water, as this may damage electrical components and the motor. In certain blowers, the fins are removable. In this case, you may wash them. Allow them to dry thoroughly prior to reinstalling.
7. When you are done, reverse the steps to reinstall everything.
8. Test the fireplace blower (prior to lighting a fire) to ensure that it works correctly.

Your fireplace blower fan is ready for your next family gathering, now be sure to have someone clean and check your chimney!

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