How to Remove In-Ceiling Speakers

By Ezekiel James

In-ceiling speakers not only save you some extra space in your home, but they also provide a sleek look and feel for your home sound system. The trouble comes when your ceiling speakers have blown and need to be replaced. While it's advisable to hire an audio/video technician to remove the speakers, these service calls can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars. You can save yourself a great deal of money by removing the speakers yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Awl
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch socket
  • Flat-head screwdriver

Step 1

Go to your home's circuit breaker panel and disable power to the room where your speakers are located. If you're unsure of the switch associated with a particular room, cut off all power to the home.

Step 2

Position a ladder just beneath the in-ceiling speaker you want to remove. If you have a high ceiling, instruct someone to stand at the base of the ladder to hold it in place for extra safety.

Step 3

Hook an awl to a hole in the speaker's grill cover. Don't put the awl in a hole near the center of the cover, but rather in one of the four corners of the grill. Pull firmly but gently on the awl until that section of the grill comes free from the speaker assembly. Repeat this in each corner of the grill until it's completely removed from the speaker.

Step 4

Locate the screws or bolts mounting the speaker inside the ceiling. These are usually large Phillips-head screws or 1/4- to 1/2-inch bolts. Use a socket wrench to remove the bolts, if necessary.

Step 5

Use a flat-head screwdriver to disengage any retention clips securing the speaker assembly to the mounting system in the ceiling. Carefully pull the speaker out of the ceiling slightly. Unplug the audio cables from the back of the speaker and remove the speaker from the ceiling completely.

Step 6

Repeat this procedure to remove all installed speakers from your ceiling.