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 fan and clothes dryer share an exhaust duct

My dryer which is located in our garage and our downstairs bathroom vents are connected. When the dryer is running warm air is moving to the outside, but also some of the air is coming back into the ...
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Where do you put the oil when oiling a fan?

I know some fan motors have ports to oil but many do not (bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom heater fan, regular house fan, etc). How do you oil the ones that do not have ports? Specifically, where do ...
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Restrictions on 90 Degree Elbow for a Bathroom Exhaust Fan?

The manual for a certain (100CFM/4") bathroom exhaust fan has a restriction on using 90-degree elbows close to the unit. Why is this? Is it okay to use 90-degree elbows further down the exhaust path? ...
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What Type of Ducting Should Be Used for a Bathroom Exhaust Fan?

I'm planning on installing a Bathroom exhaust fan (Just a note, the port is 4") and am curious as to what kind of duct should be used. I've heard that the duct should be insulated to prevent water ...
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Replacing Bath Fan Switch with Timer Switch

I want to install a timer switch (it has four wires, red (load), black (hot), white (common), green (ground) to replace one switch in a 2-gang switch box having five incoming cables (see first photo). ...
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Bathroom exhaust leaking when it rains

I have a water leak in my bathroom from around the exhaust housing that fits up into the ceiling. It only happens when it rains . How do I fix this problem?
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difficulty of replacing bathroom fan

I have a fan in one of the bathrooms of a 1930s house and there's a relatively low ceiling. The fan seems to work ok and it's in pretty decent shape(seems to be from 2013), but I think we need a bit ...
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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://...
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How do I wire in a bathroom light/fan to this box?

This is a very old house. I wanted to add a light/fan to this bathroom while the ceiling was down for repair. When I opened the switch box this is what I found (second picture). A GFI wired correctly,...
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Can I re-use the housing/wiring from a Nutone 669 bathroom exhaust fan (w light) when installing a Nutone 769?

I don't have easy access to the attic to remove the existing housing, but the dimensions are identical and the wiring is already done (two switches - one for fan, one for light). 769 fan specs are ...
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Can I put in a vented bathroom fan in my condo

I just purchased a condo in Myrtle Beach, SC - it is the first time I have owned a condo versus a house. While exploring, I found that the bathroom fans don't vent outside, they just circulate the air ...
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How do I calculate fan size for a single room exhaust system to reach a desired cfm when restricted to specific duct size/route?

I am wanting to exhaust a sealed room (except for air intake and exhaust). The room is 512 ft3, and due to positioning, orientation, and existing construction, I am restricted to using 6" flexible ...
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Downstairs exhaust fan venting into upstairs?

I recently purchased a bi-level home with two full baths. The inspection didn't include ductwork, but it seems to me that the downstairs bathroom is somehow venting into the rest of the house. There ...
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Mini Split Condenser in Garage? With ventilation?

I live in a fairly warm and dry environment and due to HOA restrictions am unable to place a window A/C unit, outdoor unit, or a system on the roof. I understand that A/C shouldn't go in attics due to ...
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Compensate inadequate exhaust vents for whole house fan by installing a power vent in attic?

I would like to install a whole house fan in my 2400 sf house. However, with only three 1 ft x 2 ft gable vents, I'm looking at an NFVA of only 3 sf of exhaust vent when taking into consideration that ...
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Help with bathroom timer and light switch install

I’m fairly new to doing my own electrical so be gentle if this is a simple question. I’m trying to install a fan button timer along with a new rocker switch for my bathroom. In the image below the ...
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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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How do I remove a blower wheel from a shaft that uses a slip ring?

Exhaust fan blower wheel is attached to the shaft of a 1/100 hp induction motor; I can see a ring thru’ the vanes; how to remove? How do I remove a blower wheel from a shaft that uses a slip ring?
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There is a red wire in my ceiling junction box. What does it do? Where would I hook the ground wiring from the fan?

I am installing a vent fan in my basement bathroom. I am ready to wire it in, but I do not know what this red wire is for: https://imgur.com/a/uSnRLuv I also am not sure what the green ground wire ...
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How to convert bathroom ceiling exhaust fan to a ceiling fan

I'd like to remove a bathroom exhaust fan and in it's place install a small ceiling fan for better circulation. This bathroom does have a window that opens so I'm not concerned about code nor ...
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installing bathroom exhaust fan in drop ceiling

What is the best way to install a bathroom exhaust fan in a short, dropped ceiling? From what I can tell without having removed anything, the tiles look to be at most 3 inches below the actual ceiling ...
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filtered air intake for whole house fan

I'm installing a new whole-house-fan, and am expecting good results. We live at 8,000' and have ~40 degree (f) temperature swings between day and night with very little humidity. But we also have ...
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What's wrong with my replacement fan motor?

I have one of those integrated bathroom 3-in-1 ceiling units (light, heat and exhaust fan). Recently the fan spontaneously stopped working. I took the unit down to inspect the fan motor and took it ...
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Bathroom light and fan combo safety and wiriing

I am putting a new bathroom light and fan combo in my bathroom. I already have a light above the mirror of the bathroom that provides light for the rest of the area. However the fan/light combo I ...
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Wiring bathroom exhaust fan / light

I have a bathroom with 2 wall switches, 1 for vanity wall light and 1 for exhaust fan. I want to replace the exhaust fan with a combination light/exhaust fan. The switch that operates the old exhaust ...
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Bathroom Wiring - Existing light - Add Bath fan - Add gfci outlet

I have a single light fixture in my bathroom on onw switch. The room has no fan and no outlets. I want to add one fan, and add one gfci outlet. I have two ideas. Looking for pro / con / feasibility +...
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Can I attach a extract fan on a portable a/c unit exhaust hose?

I have a window a little far(+-5 meters) from the room i wish to add an portable a/c. Is it possible to use an extractor fan to help pull the exhausted air from the portable a/c?
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Clearance for bathroom vent fan

I am looking to add some storage space to my bathrooms by installing some wall-mounted, pre-built upper cabinets. The bathroom is arranged such that the only reasonable location for a cabinet would ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan wiring issue, power to light then switch?

I am installing a new exhaust fan into my bathroom. I plan to use a 2 function rocker switch to operate the fan and light independently. The power passes through the light first, and then to the ...
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Bathroom exhaust/light combo - light doesn't come on until fan on

In our guest bathroom, we have a fan/exhaust combo with 2 switches. Today my wife noticed that the light wouldn't turn on until she turned the fan on. Then she could turn the fan off and the light ...
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Installing bathroom exhaust fan ( light , fan , and heater with three seprate switches on wall

Need help on wiring light unit. Have three plug-ins inside unit. One for light , one for fan , and one for heater. Have three cables coming into unit. All three cables are 2 wire with ground wire. ...
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Exhaust fan venting through soffit where attic has no vent

I am installing a bathroom exhaust fan in a portion of the house which is a small addition to the original house. The attic above the addition is separated from the rest of the attic by the original ...
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How to deal with the trapped air in a loft attic?

I live in an apartment (not a house) with a loft attic. It has enough space and I use it as a study room. In summer, the air is extremely hot as I walk up the steps to the attic. Initially I was ...
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How to insulate whole house fan opening for the winter (from the inside)?

There is a 3'x3' opening in the ceiling of my second (top) floor. The opening leads into the unheated attic. I want to both seal and insulate this opening to keep out the cold in the winter. (I live ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan/light combo only fan works

I bought a new bathroom exhaust fan and light combo. It came with two sets of wires, one for the fan and one for the light. It also came with an extra ground for the motor (where should I put that)? ...
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Living near a highway in SoCal with no standard windows - how to install A/C?

I have an air purifier and keeping all windows/doors closed is going to be a must. But the humidity and temperature are issues now. I can get a dehumidifier but then I'm left with the temperature ...
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Bathroom exhaust vent into crawlspace

It is acceptable to vent a bathroom exhaust fan into a crawlspace? The crawlspace in question is uninsulated, has a dirt floor, and varies in height between 5' and 7'. The vent would enter roughly in ...
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Filtration system for smoke from oil lamp

I like to light a little oil lamp/ candle (lamp size about 2 inches in diameter) in my bedroom. Unfortunately the soot tends to make the wall and cupboards yellow. Is there a way to install a ...
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Possible source of dripping from bathroom exhaust fan?

During the winter, I experienced "Chinese water torture". The bathroom exhaust fan is located above the toilet. While seated on the throne, drops of water would hit my head every so many seconds. ...
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Increasing exhaust fan duct size

I have a bathroom exhaust fan that has a 3 inch duct outlet. However, I would like to use a 4 inch insulated flexible duct. Is there an adapter I can use to accomplish this or do I have to first use ...
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Should I increase the duct size of my bathroom fan outlet?

I have a new bathroom fan that I'm installing that is 70 CFM. It will only be in the water closet part of the bathroom as the bathroom already has a larger 150 CFM fan in it. The 70 CFM fan has a 3 ...
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What amps would I need for a variac fan controller?

I'm looking for a variac controller for a fan. I found one, but it's available in different models based on amps. How do I work out which controller would be the best one for my fan? My fan specs are:...
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How to cool a server closet with window?

I put 2 servers in my closet which run at about 90F. The closet has a window, but simply opening the window doesn't drop the temperature very much even when it is 60F outside. If I open the closet ...
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“Neutral wire required”!

I have a dual switch in my bathroom with two separate controls -- one for the fan and one for the light. It has the following four contacts: Ground (duh!) Two "common" ones, which seem short-...
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Kitchen Fan extraction not working as intended

After a long time suffering of sub-optimal fan extraction in my kitchen, I decided to go to the root of whatever was causing it. I have a Zanussi ZHC60136X. I clean the filter grids every now and ...
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Bathroom fan runs despite switch is off

My fan in the bathroom is constantly running no matter what position I put the switch to. The switch looks like this: And there is some other controller that I don't understand what it does (never ...
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How can I wire my bath fan to have automatic humidity control and manual switching?

I bought a bathroom vent fan with humidity sensor but no light. It unexpectedly arrived with 4 wires: ground, black, white, and blue. I only have 12-2 cable in the bathroom and no extra switch. This ...
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Belt and pulley fell off 40" attic fan & my repair failed (updated)

Summary (also see photos of fan and motor below) Update 2: I bought a capacitor for small dollars and now the fan works again, perfectly. Update 1: Capacitor was indeed broken (see photo at end) ...
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Is this large exhaust fan in bathroom installed right?

This window is right where the shower is. Can't have any fan but there. It opens upwards. Hired someone to install this fan but his idea was what you see in the picture. It's not sitting flush on the ...
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Convert bathroom exhaust fan/light combo to light only with 3 way switches

I have a Nutone exhaust fan/light fixture in my bathroom. The fan and light are each controlled by their own 2 pole switch, one is inside the bathroom and one is outside. I want to replace the ...