Questions tagged [exhaust-fan]

For questions about exhaust fans -- i.e. fans used to remove air from specific rooms in a building and exhaust it to the outside in order to control humidity and/or combustion products. Exhaust fans, unlike [ceiling-fan]s, are installed into the building's structure, either in a fitting within the room's ceiling, or remotely, drawing air from the room via a duct and grille.

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Bathroom ventilation system with electric fan

tl;dr Why am I prohibited from using electric fan in natural / gravitational ventilation system, if there is an additional 2,5 meter long horizontal pipe between ventilated bathroom and the wall? Two ...
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Re-purpose old water heater vent for bathroom exhaust fans

We just had our old gas water heater replaced with a tankless unit, so the vent for the old tank is now unused. I'd like to install exhaust fans in our 2 small bathrooms, and ideally use the old vent ...
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Are there advantages to flex duct over sheet metal for bathroom fan (other than ease of installation)?

Working on the bathroom in a currently unfinished basement and installing a fan. I have 4" sheet metal duct to use, but I know it would be a lot easier to install flex duct. I have a straight shot of ...
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Range hood impeller slipping on rotor shaft

My range hood has a motor with an impeller on it. The impeller is attached to the rotor shaft by a nut that threads onto the impeller's... bushing I guess it's called, which is slotted, so that as the ...
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Replacing timer with no neutral wire

I bought replacement for my bathroom exhaust fan. Basically what i bought was this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-50-CFM-Wall-Ceiling-Mount-Roomside-Installation-Bathroom-Exhaust-Fan-ENERGY-...
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Fans in bathrooms

I just wanted to know what year did bathroom fans begin being put in houses. The house I grew up in was built in the 20's and didn't have a fan. There was a window.
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Separating 12-3 wire from panel to feed a bathroom fan and light

I am replacing an existing heater, light, night light, exhaust fan unit with a new unit that only contains a light and exhaust fan. The existing wiring has a 12-3 coming straight from the panel with ...
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Bathroom fan fluctuates in power when using countdown timer switch

I just installed this new fan in the bathroom: Utilitech Ventilation Fan 1.5-Sone 100-CFM White Bathroom Fan However, if I use regular toggle switch, it works fine. But if I use countdown timer ...
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Can I use a remote (inline) blower with a range hood that has its own blower, if I remove the built-in blower?

I would like to install a remote blower (inline probably) and a new range hood, mostly for noise levels. The thing is, I see two categories of hood: -'Consumer' grade ones with internal blowers that ...
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Do I have to have an exhaust fan above my stove?

My stove is smack dab next to the back door (which is easy to open and close). Do I have to have a functioning exhaust fan? Or can I just close it off to solve a draft problem I am having? And same ...
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What should I do about no ground wire

I bought a new bath fan for my old house(1920s). Where the fan is installed, there is a power/black, and a neutral, but no ground wire to connect to it. It's old knob and tube wiring. Is no ground ...
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Calculating flow volume for whole house fan

My house has a 24" Dayton belt drive whole house fan that's at least 20 years old but looks exactly like the current model 2EAX5. It's nice and quiet but I want it to move more air. It has a 1/3hp ...
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Bathroom exhust fan ducting - size, length & CFM

Still trying to solve my problem of bathroom vent fans that aren't vented anywhere... Was considering running out the gable, but that's 25' away, plus another 10-15' of duct and a couple of elbows to ...
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Bathroom Vent - exhausts into attic insulation - what to do today?

So my wife called my attention the fact that the kids bathroom has some grunge on the ceiling and tends to have lots of water drops when in use. First issue - at some point the vent motor was ...
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How to replace bathroom fan?

For about two years now, two of my bathroom fans have not worked and I haven't gotten around to changing them. But I am wondering the best way to replace it. The current fan/light I have installed is ...
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How can I increase the effectiveness of my bathroom vent fan?

The vent fan in my bathroom isn't very effective. After taking a shower, the bathroom takes several hours to dry out. The fan itself works fine: it generates almost enough static suction to hold a ...
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How should I apply spray foam around a ceiling mounted bathroom exhaust vent?

I have a ceiling mounted exhaust fan that has a substantial (2-4" air gap along the sides after it was installed such that when it is running a lot of the air just gets pushed back around the sides of ...
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Identify this bathroom extractor fan?

I have a bathroom extractor fan that has gone bad, so I need to replace it. If possible, I would like to just replace the motor, rather than opening up the ceiling to put in a whole new enclosure. The ...
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Any ideas how to replace bulb in this bathroom ceiling fan?

This is an old bathroom ceiling fan & light fixture. The bulb has gone out, now I cannot find away to open it and replace the bulb. There are no screws that I can see. I played around with glass ...
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How can I attach/seal around an exhaust fan duct at the roof?

I am redoing the ducting from a kitchen exhaust fan to the roof cap. The old ducting was 6" and I'm increasing it to 8" to match the vent on the new exhaust fan. The current roof penetration is a 6....
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Should I switch to a vertical exhaust fan to avoid 90 degree bends?

I am replacing the original kitchen exhaust fan on my 1950s house. The old one vented sideways to an immediate 90-degree bend (to 8-inch rigid ducting) and then straight up about 24~36 inches to the ...
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25 feet vent ok for bathroom vent fan?

My old bathroom vent was just vented into the attic and I would like to run it to the side of my house and that is about 22-25 feet. My bathroom is 11'x6' with a 110 cfm fan. I live in Southeast PA. ...
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Why does my bath fan turn off when light switch is on and vise versa?

I just put a new exhaust fan in the bathroom and connected it to existing light switch, which is connected to the bathroom light. When I turned the power back on, the bath light came on but not the ...
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Vibrating attic fan

I recently replaced the motor in my PR3 Master Flow attic fan. The fan with the the new motor vibrates significantly more than the old one. I may have been a little too aggressive trying to get the ...
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mounting fan/light in very tight enclosed space over shower

I am installing a combo shower fan/light over a walk-in shower; it is meant to be installed in the typical fashion (for recessed fixtures) of two adjustable-length brackets meant to span the gap ...
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Exhaust fan and corresponding power switch in each of two bathrooms, with both fans being turned on simultaneously by actuating either switch

Each of two bathrooms in the Condo we just purchased, has a ceiling exhaust fan and corresponding control switch. For some reason, changing the state of the fan in either bathroom, by changing its ...
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Gravity grille not opening when bathroom fan is on

I have a question about airflow with a bathroom fan, in this case a Ventaxia VASF100T with a front cover, duct through the wall and a gravity grille on the outside. It seems quite inefficient at ...
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Replacing a kitchen exhaust fan

Here's an exhaust fan in the ceiling of a kitchen that's probably around 40-50 years old: A non-contact voltage detector shows that the fan does get power when the wall switch is flipped on. However ...
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How to install an extraction fan in a ceiling which has an existing hole larger than required

I have an existing issue with my bathroom ceiling fan, as detailed in this post: How to fix an ineffective Extraction Fan setup in bathroom I now wish to change it to a Fan that: a) Has a new motor,...
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Cutting out existing steel duct in bathroom vent

I'm enlarging my bathroom vent. It's a brick wall and currently has a steel duct. I've chipped away brick but the lip of the existing steel duct is still there. I need to remove around 2 inches of it. ...
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Garage gable fan through truss

I'm looking to install a ventilation fan in my garage. I want to install it in the middle (mainly for looks) rather than having it offset to one side or the other. Am I OK to cut through the middle ...
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Should my mirror fog up when showering with a proper exhaust fan running?

I run the exhaust fan when showering but even so, the mirror fogs up completely. Is this an indication that the fan is not sized or functioning correctly? Or is this expected behavior, as no exhaust ...
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How to retrofit existing kitchen exhaust fan

I'm remodeling a kitchen that is circa 1940's. In the kitchen is an exhaust fan that sits inside a 3.25x10 duct. I would like to keep an exhaust fan in this location and re-use the existing duct, ...
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Attic Fan in Garage of Ranch Home

My attached 2 car garage typically gets over 100 degrees in the summer. I have an insulated garage door. The garage has a sheetrock ceiling and attic space above that is connected to the rest of the ...
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How to re-purpose an exhaust fan using a 10x3.25 duct?

I'm currently remodeling my kitchen. Instead of a cooktop hood, I plan to re-use the existing ceiling exhaust fan. It looks to be about a 8" diameter fan that is inside a 10x3.25 duct that exhausts ...
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Wall exhaust fan

I'd like to install a wall exhaust fan, similar to this one. I want to wire it so I can plug it into an outlet as I dont want to tear through drywall. Which type of plug/wires would I need? The fan ...
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Wiring for light switch and exhaust fan

Let me start by saying I don't really know what I am talking about, so my vocabulary may be incorrect. This is all based upon my best interpretation of the problem. I am replacing some old light ...
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How do I balance an attic fan?

I have recently replaced a motor for my attic fan because the original one burned out. I did measurements for the height of the fan blades in relation to the supports and ensured that when I re-...
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Diagnose poorly functioning whole house fan

I installed an AirScape3.5e whole house fan. I don't think the fan is operating at its max potential. It just doesn't seem to cool the house down very much when running even when the outdoor ...
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Clothes dryer causing humidity problems in garage - would extraction fan help?

We have a double garage with a high ceiling which is also where our laundry is. We have a problem with humidity in there due to the clothes dryer being in there which is used very regularly. This is ...
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Exhaust Fan Runs With No Power at All!

How can my furnace exhaust fan run with the power off, the thermostat off, and the breaker off?!
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Replacing bathroom exhaust fan

Old fixture: combination fan and light New fixture: fan only New fixture wiring: 1 white, 1 black, 1 green Existing wiring: 1 white, 1 black, 1 bare copper, 1 red Wall switch: red & black ...
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Questionable electric work

My bathroom light is connected to the same switch that runs my exhaust fan. The switch doesn't go all the way up without an extra bit of a push and then sometimes when the switch is completely off ...
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Replace Broan 670 with new fan/light from bathroom

I have what I think is a Broan 670 exhaust fan installed in my bathroom. I would like a fan/light combo instead. I am unable to easily access it from the attic so I am hoping to replace it from the ...
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Light and fan switches

I would like to have a double wall switch for the toilet where one switch (#1) turns on both the light and the fan while the second switch (#2) turns only the fan. Please note the light and the fan ...
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Bathroom fan/light wiring help

I have old switches at home for the fan and lights. In short, 2 switches to control fan and lights separately. Recently, I've been trying to add a timer switch which requires neutral and it doesn't ...
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Why is my Panasonic Whisper series bath fan starting up so slowly?

I recently had a Panasonic Whisper Series bath fan installed in my bathroom by a plumbing/HVAC company and wired up by a separate electrician. The fan starts up extremely slowly: it sounds like ...
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Exhaust Fan tripping GFCI

Our shower exhaust fan is tripping the GFCI when turned on. When I disconnect the FAN (there is a molex plug in the fan) the GFCI does not trip when the switch is turned on or off. Looking for ...
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Can 14/3 wire, with all three conductors hot, be the only cable in a switch box?

I currently have a bathroom light and a single pole switch at the door. The power for the light first comes into the ceiling box directly above the light. The hot is tapped in right there by using the ...
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Is this an appropriate replacement for our current bathroom extractor fan?

Our existing fan is old, inefficient and extremely loud. I believe it is an old P Series centrifugal extractor made by Greenwood Airvac, although I am unable to be certain as the model and serial ...

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