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Old 08-09-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
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Cleaning Maxx fan

Has anyone taken the Maxx fan apart from the inside to clean it? Is that possible? Can't exactly get on the roof to clean it and can't get it worth a darn from a ladder.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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Easy to do from inside.
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How do you get to the underside of the cover? I've removed the screen and cleaned that, and cleaned the fan fins one at a time from inside.
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Me, too, and could not do a very good job and could not get to most of it which really needs it.
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How do you get to the underside of the cover? I've removed the screen and cleaned that, and cleaned the fan fins one at a time from inside.
Remove the screen. Then, remove the single nut holding the fan blade on. Clean the blade in the sink. With the blade removed access to the cover is easy. Lubricate moving parts of the hinges while in there.
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FYI. Last spring I used a hair blow dryer to blow loose long stringing oak tree pollen "thingies" that were caught. Didn't have to disassemble for this particular job.
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Tim and Julie, thanks for that. I was hesitant to do that and then perhaps have a problem with re-assembly such that it would not run the same. So I will do it since you have.

Trees, I also used a hair dryer up there to get debris out and it really worked.
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Tim and Julie, thanks for that. I was hesitant to do that and then perhaps have a problem with re-assembly such that it would not run the same. So I will do it since you have.

Trees, I also used a hair dryer up there to get debris out and it really worked.
You do have to keep track of which side of the fan is down and there is a small washer you need to look out for and remember where it goes. I tried cleaning without removing and couldn't believe how much dirt/ dust I missed. I will add this to annual maintenance.
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Hi: Trees... You really have to watch out for those "Oak tree pollen Thingies". They're just as bad as "Dust bunnies". I got smart and used my leaf blower from the garage. I blew the bunnies so far they still haven't made it home yet!!! Alf
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Here is a copy of the post I did on removing the entire fan. While not something I would do every year, I think I will do it every other year. Couldn't believe the dirt that was up in there after a couple of years. This is a relatively easy job and easier after the first time because you will put quick disconnects on the wires. Was in response to someone thinking they had to remove the frame on the roof, which is NOT necessary.

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Ok, you say it is the frame, but do you mean the frame that is attached to the fiberglass? This is just an insert and does nothing but hold the fan in place. The lid is replaceable or the entire fan.

Procedure: remove the trim piece on the inside. Fish the power and ground wires out and clip them. You will want to put male/female quick connects on these for the future to make work on the fan easier. Raise the lid to full upright position. Go outside and on each side of the fan you will find two screws. Remove them on both sides (This is all that holds the entire fan to the trailer.)

Go back inside and gently push up on the fan to loosen it. The foam wants to hold and it is easier to push from the bottom. When free, go back outside and grab the fan and lift straight out of the hole.

Take to your work bench to replace the lid, or insert a new fan (say one with the remote and the smoke cover.) A new Maxx Air will fit in the older frame. The frame on the trailer is what is screwed and caulked in place. As I said, it is unlikely that this is what was damaged.

Removal of the fan is now how I clean it once a year or every other depending on how dirty it is. It is much easier to remove it than to try and drop the screen and clean it while it is on the trailer. Reinstall in reverse order.

Other than paying for either a new fan or lid, very easy job.

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