Cleaning a heating vent

I was wondering if the vent pictured can be removed to clean the furnace duct? If so, how do you remove it and is it easy to remove.
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  • Ramona Shane Ramona Shane on Jan 17, 2015
    there should be screws somewhere just take them out and pull off, I have ones like this and thats how I do it...
  • Fran McCarty Fran McCarty on Jan 17, 2015
    Mine has the front part made so it flips down. I then just stick the vacuum hose into the whole and suck it out.
  • Molly Molly on Jan 17, 2015
    Sorry, I cannot help you with this.
  • Vonda Noel Vonda Noel on Jan 17, 2015
    I agree with Ramona, mine are very easy to remove and clean. You just remove the screws.
  • Adell Upchurch Adell Upchurch on Jan 17, 2015
    We have the same ones in the pic in our home.They can be removed for cleaning.The nob that you open and close just right above push and pull. The grill part is hard to get off but they do come off.
  • Connie Connie on Jan 18, 2015
    Yes, the whole pictured part comes off, just takes a bit of wiggling. I even spray painted mine and found replacements at Home Depot for the broken or too bent ones.
  • Becky Becky on Jan 18, 2015
    I do the same thing, there are screws to remove to take the piece off and then you can clean inside, but be very careful removing the screws so you don't drop them into the vent hole! Lol!
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jan 18, 2015
    We also had to unscrew ours to get it out.
  • Nancy Hannah Nancy Hannah on Jan 18, 2015
    mine look exactly like this. no screws holding it down either. I just pull them up and put hose down. I also take the vents outside and hose them down and have spray painted them due to rusting. Esp. kitchen floor one from washing floor.
  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jan 18, 2015
    If there are no screws, they may have clips. I have put mine, from a previous house, in the dishwasher. They come out clean, but may loose the paint. If so, paint again for a fresh look.
  • Cora burke Cora burke on Jan 18, 2015
    yes unscrew it and wash with soap and water
  • Dottie Unruh Dottie Unruh on Jan 18, 2015
    The front grill part just snaps off, most of the time (no screws involved). The screws hold the entire unit in place on the wall and can be taken off, too. I do this all the time when painting.
  • Rachel Rachel on Jan 18, 2015
    Mine were nailed in with some very long nails!! I had to use some muscle to get the nails out. On some of them I replaced the nails with scews and then I found that could just put them back in place without attaching to the wall, much easier this way.
  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Jan 18, 2015
    mine are exactly like those and do not have screws, i put the end of paint can opener in the top and just pull until it comes loose then it comes out xx
  • Jill Jill on Jan 18, 2015
    All you have to do it figure out how. It can be done. My dad simply used to run them thru the dishwasher a few times until they can out completely clean. I do the same thing every year or so now at my house.
  • CK CK on Jan 19, 2015
    This style of furnace duct cover has little 'clips' so you can easily remove the front part. You can get your vacuum hose down there then. But if you're planning to do duct cleaning, you really can't do that too far down into the system by yourself. You'll need a pro for that. :-)
  • Imi232897 Imi232897 on Jan 20, 2015
    The front piece comes off, I insert screw driver tip at the top, put a little downward pressure, then flip down and off it comes. The base is screwed or nailed in but will also come off easily if you remove the screws, but once the front is off you have access to the ductwork.
  • Jeri Jeri on Jan 31, 2015
    Thanks for all the to get busy and vacuum!!! (I mainly just wanted to clean the entry to ducts and the back of grill) Thanks so much eveyone!
  • John White John White on Apr 16, 2018
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  • John White John White on Jul 02, 2018
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