I purchased a house about 2 years ago with a bathroom vent fan. When we bought that house it was running constantly and we kinda looked over it (first house lol).
In the bathroom there is one light switch (for the lights) and an outlet next to it (Which is strange...an outlet that high?) however the light switch does not control the exhaust fan.
Is it possible that the fan was never hooked up and expected to be ran continuously? How big of a job would it to be to take out that outlet (which is useless cause it's near the bathroom door and high up) and just add a switch for the vent fan? Surely the vent fan isn't expected to just always run? It has a timer on it but that doesn't seem to do anything?
There are more wires behind the switch socket. Is there any way I can test to see if any go to the exhaust fan?
Edit(More Details): House is approx 6 years old (built in late 2011).
imgur link to vent and outlet box:http://imgur.com/a/HYnb5
Since some things are hard to see, on the switch itself there are 2 black wires that go to it and a ground wire (theirs also a bundle of ground wires in the back with a green cap).
There are also 3 white wires and 3 black wires each bundles with their own cap behind all this (tough to see but I counted 3 per)
The outlet plug has 1 black wire on it's left side and 1 white wire on it's right side, and a ground wire. The weird thing about this one...is the white one is HOT (as in when I test it with the wire tester it beeps) but the black one doesn't beep. Regardless the outlet does indeed work.
The fan will continuously run, and I'm thinking maybe where the outlet was there used to be a switch?