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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Does a bathroom exhaust fan have to vent to the outside?

Is it normal and/or code compliant to have a bathroom exhaust fan venting to the attic? I've seen this a couple times now, and the first time I saw this I thought it was very odd. But I mentioned ...
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What are the pros and cons of soffit vents vs. roof vents?

During my latest foray into the attic, I discovered that my bathroom exhaust fans vent directly into the attic. I'm worried about moisture buildup and I'm considering routing the exhaust to an ...
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Why is water leaking near my bathroom's exhaust fan?

This weekend when the snow started melting on my roof, I noticed a small water spot developing around all three bathroom exhaust fans in my house. I'm guessing the water leaked in around the exhaust ...
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Is it better to vent a bathroom fan out the soffit, the side of the house, or the roof?

Working on a friend's house, we're installing a bathroom fan. He had planned to vent the fan out the closest soffit, which is only a few feet away. I'm trying to persuade him to vent it out the roof ...
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How can I rewire my bathroom fan, light, and receptacle?

My bathroom has one switch that powers the fan and light. In that electrical box, there is also a hard wired electrical outlet that sits in the bathroom. Since I don't have room for a 2 gang box in ...
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Is there aluminum wiring in my vent fan?

I just purchased and installed a new Panasonic FV-10NLF1 inline exhaust fan. My house has copper wiring, but the wires on the fan appear to be aluminum (they are silver in color). I didn't think ...
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How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations?

I just bought a Panasonic FV-20NLF1 inline bath exhaust fan that I planned to used to exhaust 2 different bathrooms. I want each bathroom light switch to control the fan, so when the lighting turns ...
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Air sealing a whole house fan

I have a whole house fan installed in my house from the previous owners. I love the fan, as it lets me cool down the house quickly in the evening -- or after I fill the house with smoke from ...
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Can I vent a bathroom fan through the eaves?

I want to fit a fan in our bathroom. The easiest way to do this seems to be to drill down from the loft and put it in directly above the shower. I'm then considering running the vent (flex pipe) ...
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Can I vent my bathroom exhaust fan into a plumbing drain vent?

I installed a bathroom fan in the ceiling. My bathroom is in the room right next to the laundry room. The washing machine has the standard drain pipe vent of a pvc pipe venting to the outside ...
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Is it possible to vent two exhaust fans through a single wall penetration?

I have two bathroom exhaust fans that need to be vented out of the house, but I'd like to do it using a single wall penetration. Is there a code compliant, safe way to do this? Both bathrooms are on ...
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Is GFCI protection required for a dedicated exhaust fan circuit?

I'm considering installing an exhaust fan in my bathroom which includes light and heat, and requires a dedicated 20 amp circuit. Would this circuit need GFCI protection? The instructions for the unit ...
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Can I vent a bathroom fan through an attic window?

Would venting a bathroom exhaust fan into the attic and through the attic window cause any problems? I was thinking this would prevent cutting a hole in the roof or the soffit. My thought was to ...
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How can I quiet a bathroom exhaust fan that became loud only after the duct was added?

I had a fan added in my bathroom. Surprisingly there wasn't one at all. When the fan was first installed they had it venting into the ceiling. It was a .5 sone fan and you could hardly tell that it ...
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Why does my bathroom exhaust fan drip during the summer?

I've seen a lot of questions (including one on this site) about condensation on bathroom vents. However, they all seem to take place in winter, with consensus being that as the warm air from the ...
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Should I use inline bathroom fans?

I'm building a new full bathroom in my basement and I also have an existing full bathroom without an exhaust fan. The sizes are 207 ft3 and 470 ft3 respectively. I was initially thinking of buying ...
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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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Garage gable fan proper installation

I want to add a gable fan in my garage to help cool it and help to let out the humidity in the winter. My garage doesn't have a high peak, so there is about 24" of height at the peak on the gable and ...
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Could someone explain these wiring diagram symbols please?

This is for a bathroom ceiling fan. I recognise the pull cord switch. It's the two middle symbols I'm not sure about. The square one on the right. Is that just a switch? Something like this: https://...