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Old 10-21-2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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Cleaning Fantastic Vent Fans

Is there a way to remove the fan blade from the motor shaft in order to clean the blade, vent area, and the inside of the dome cover?
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:37 PM   #2
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The only way to clean the fan blade is manually, I've never successfully removed the blade. When a Fantastic motor started giving us trouble a few months ago, Fantastic sent a whole assembly, motor, fan and mount.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:44 PM   #3
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I cleaned mine about 6 weeks ago. Simply unscrew the screen from the inside. Pay due care to not chip paint from the screws if you want it to look original after you are done.

Clean the screen carefully with soap & water. Clean the fan blades with vinegar-water, wiping with a soft cloth afterward. Reinstall the screen. Looks clearer than clear!
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I had to get on the roof to replace the fantastic-dome and used the opporturnity to clean the blades while I was up-there. I found it an easier task.
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I cleaned mine about 6 weeks ago. Simply unscrew the screen from the inside.
Fantastic now offers clip-in screens. The new screens just clip on, no screwing around required ... You can retrofit the new ones on the old frames with no modifications.
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I had to get on the roof to replace the fantastic-dome and used the opporturnity to clean the blades while I was up-there. I found it an easier task.
I did this and while I had the dome off I removed the screen from the dome as it is not needed with a screen already on the fan.

Installed a fantastic fan in the bathroom and even with the second screen off I could feel air being sent back as the Max vent slows flow. Fantastic vent directions said Max vent shouldn't be used with it, but we like to keep the vent open with or without fan running in all weather.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:05 PM   #7
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I picked up one of the new clip in screens for the Caravel in Quartzsite last January. Goes in and out nicely. No screws.

Just cleaned the screen and blades in the Excella. Someone, can't remember who, said that spraying with silicone spray after cleaning keeps dust and dirt from sticking. I sprayed, we'll see.
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Cleaning between the fan blades' outer ring and the housing is very difficult. It is best done from above by removing 4 screws and lifting the entire fan unit out of the housing.
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Very difficult indeed with that fan ring in place. That's why I posted. Not ready to tackle the roof yet. Thanks.
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I cleaned ours this fall. I went on top of the trailer and took the fan body out and it was very easy to clean.

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the fan blade comes off the shaft

There is a set screw on the hub, just had both of mine off and cleaned them. No need to remove the motor, just the screen.
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There is a set screw on the hub, just had both of mine off and cleaned them. No need to remove the motor, just the screen.
Maybe it's a "new" Fantastic thing, or sertain models. I just looked at all 3 of ours, and I'd have to break the blade assembly to get it off the motor shaft. All three are the taller-profile motors, if you have a low-profile, that may be the difference.
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