How to Replace a Heating-Vent Cover

While you're at it, you can reduce the bulk with a slimmer model. Just follow these instructions.

Related To:

Replace Heating Vent Cover

Stone Framed Wall Vent on Stucco Exterior

Cut away old ductwork to clear the way for a more compact heating-vent cover with this simple project.

Cut away old ductwork to clear the way for a more compact heating-vent cover with this simple project.

Materials and Tools:

nippers

lineman's pliers

awl

screwdrivers

power drill

gloves

safety glasses

heater vent

painter's tape

caulk (optional)

Steps:

  1. Remove the old vent. If the screws have been painted over, use an awl to dig out the paint and clear out the screw head.
  2. If the ductwork extends out from the wall, you'll need to cut it away if you're installing a flush-mount vent cover. Protect the wall around the vent by taping it over with painter's tape, and then cut away excess ductwork with lineman's pliers. Wear safety glasses and heavy work gloves while cutting away the ductwork.
  3. Remove the painter's tape and fit the new vent cover. Make sure the louvers face down.
  4. Slide the vent cover into position and secure with screws. Use the awl to make a hole for starting the screw, and then pre-drill pilot holes. Start the screws by hand and then use a screwdriver to lock the vent down tight. Test the vent to make sure it operates properly.
  5. If desired, run a bead of caulk along the perimeter of the frame to seal it.

Next Up

How to Pressure Wash Your Driveway

Erase years of wear and tear from your driveway in just a few simple steps with a pressure washer.

10 Home Office Hacks to Get You Organized Now

Working from home can be super comfortable and productive — unless your home office is a disaster. Follow these 10 simple tips to help declutter your space.

How to Install a Porch Railing

The right front porch railing can add a lot of curb appeal to your home and help define your home's style. Learn how to install new railing on your porch.

How to Pet-Proof Your Garden

Learn how to keep the peace between your garden and pets with these nine simple tips.

How To Care For a Wood Fence

A wooden fence can be a great way to give a home a definitive border and add style. Learn the proper maintenance required to make sure your fence lasts a long time.

How to Install Gutters

Protect against water damage to your foundation, basement and driveway with these instructions.

How to Install a Dead-Bolt Lock

For burglar-proofing, it's a must-have.

How to Repair a Damaged Roof

We simulated the damage of a tree falling on a roof by dropping a piano from a crane. Such an accident can cause major structural damage. Consult a professional if there are any reframing needs due to building codes.

How to Replace Blown-in Insulation

If leaks are showing up on your ceiling, it's time to fill the insulation gaps.

Build a Closet for Your Garage

Stop the sprawl by creating a vertical storage space with these step-by-step instructions.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Home Town

10am | 9c

Home Town

11am | 10c

Home Town

12pm | 11c

Home Town

1pm | 12c

Home Town

2pm | 1c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

House Hunters

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

8:30pm | 7:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

10:31pm | 9:31c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

House Hunters

1:31am | 12:31c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

House Hunters

3:30am | 2:30c

House Hunters

4:30am | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30am | 4:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.