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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How do we wire a new bathroom exhaust fan to our bathroom?

In our attic we have a junction box that has the power wire connected to a hallway ceiling light. Can we tap into that to get power to install a bathroom exhaust fan? We would be putting in a double ...
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Will it cause problems to shower without the exhaust fan and only turn it on afterwards?

If the exhaust fan was not turned on until after the shower is complete (say, 30 min. after the water is first turned on), is that enough to cause mold/mildew/paint issues? The mirror is foggy during ...
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Bathfan Exhaust

I have a ERV (brand Van EE 40+) attached to my HVAC system. I am ducting a 3 pc basement washroom and would like to tie the bath fan into the ERV exhaust air flow as I have very limited options ...
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How to handle air condenser with garage addition

I'm planning a garage addition onto my house and want to know what the best way to handle existing A/C condenser units that are there is. The current setup is as follows (with the C's being the ...
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Do I need ductwork for a through-wall exhaust fan?

We have a small wine fridge beneath our counter that was having temperature problems because there was no ventilation to allow the heat to exhaust. The other side of the wall behind the fridge is a ...
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How to wire garage exhaust fan to Humidity sensor/fan control and VENTILATION CONTROLLER

I'm installing this exhaust fan in my garage:(https://www.industrialfansdirect.com/products/ff700). I also want to install this garage ventilation controller: (https://www.aircycler.com/pages/...
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Wiring bathroom exhaust

Having trouble wiring my fan to work with the switch. It either constantly runs or just doesn’t. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Are these bathroom vents?

I was looking at a house and the bathrooms appear to have no exhaust fans. It does have these little things that look like they might be vents of some sort. Could they be sufficient for ventilation to ...
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Can I vent a stove hood and bathroom fan through the same duct?

I'm adding a stove hood and a bathroom exhaust fan. They will be about 3 feet apart in the attic. Is it ok to connect them to the same duct via a Y? Thanks!
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Rewire bathroom light / fan

We have a half bath that has a switch outside the door and another switch near the mirror/vanity inside. The switch outside turns on a light at the ceiling and a (very loud) fan, and the switch ...
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How to accurately measure CFM with Digital Anemometer and Duct

We bought a digital anemometer to check the CFM of various fans we have on hand. My husband designed and 3D Printed this duct that securely mounts fans on to the anemometer for accurate readings, ...
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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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