How to Properly Maintain a Fan

Proper fan maintenance is a must, but it’s a task that is often overlooked. We get it, regular fan maintenance can seem like a time-consuming, and maybe even daunting, task. But trust us, a little bit of time, along with just a pinch of elbow grease, is all you need to get (and keep) your fans in tip-top shape.

Maintaining your barn fans can have a huge impact on both energy expenses and overall animal health. And as with most systems, preventative maintenance now can save you a lot of money and stress later. But where do you begin?


We’ve put together a few of our top tips for properly maintaining your barn fans:


  1. Thoroughly Clean the Entire Fan

Dirty fans, often covered in dirt and dust, can lose as much as 30% of their effectiveness, eating up thousands in wasted energy costs. We recommend a few light cleanings and one major cleaning per year. Ensure you reach each part of the fan, including the blades, louvers, and guards.


  1. Keep Up with Greasing Intervals

Grease your barn fans as recommended by the manufacturer. Not only does this ensure your fan stays in good shape, but your warranty may depend on it. If you don’t remember the interval length or type of grease to use, we recommend reaching out to your local supplier. It’s never too late to start.


  1. Stock Spare Parts

Keep a few small spare parts on hand to keep downtime to a minimum. Many of these small parts are inexpensive and easy to store. Already having them on hand means you can complete repairs and maintenance quickly, avoiding unplanned downtime.


Remember, fan maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple and straightforward, and reach out to your local supplier with any questions or concerns, or to set up a service plan.


Fans are an important part of your ventilation system, and properly maintaining them ensures you get the most return on your ventilation investment. So don’t forget to keep your fans greased, cleaned, and maintained. Questions on proper fan maintenance? Reach out to us here!