The exhaust fan in our attic is dead. We have asked someone to take a
look at it, and they said it'd cost $365 to replace the old fan with a
new one (this includes labor). Is this the usual price for this type
of project? I've looked around, and the price for an exhaust fan seems
to be around $230 at the most. Is is a relatively easy task to change
the fan? If it is, then I may switch to this option instead (if you
know of any site that gives instructions for doing this, please let me
know as well).
First, make sure you've checked that it's not just a bad switch. Then, find
the manufacturer and the model number on the dead unit. While at it, you
may want to remove the dead motor -- this will show you just how easy it is
replace with a new unit. (Obviously, ensure power is off --) With any luck
at all, you can find the manufacturer's web page along with customer service
information. That should give you the part number of the motor and a way to
order it directly from the manufacturer. -- Regards --
And if you do decide to have the whole thing replaced, make sure you
get in writing what they are going to replace it with. You $235
estimate for the cost of the fan would be for a good one. You can get
cheap ones for $75 at HD. You should know the make, capacity etc.
As to whether $365 is a good price for the whole job, it depends on
where it;s located, how accessible, is it a gable that just goes in
quick from the inside, or does it require work on the roof, maybe a
diff size hole, etc.
On 28 Jul 2006 12:07:54 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I would just replace the motor. I ordered my first replacement motor
from the maker of the fan, but the next time I went to a a motor
repair place in town, and they had the same thing in stock. Take the
old motor with you.
I think their motor was 80 or 85 dollars. Removing the motor took 5 or
10 minutes the second time I did it. Putting in the new one,
including putting the old blade on the new shaft, took 10 or 15
minutes. (not counting going to the basment to turn off the breaker)
Your motor may fail again in 5, 10, 15 years. Save the bad motor you
have now, so you can use that to get a duplicate when you need to.
Otherwise you'll have to go up in the hot** attic twice, once to
remove the motor and later to replace it. I saved mine, but I've
gotten some other good motors lately and lost track which is the one
that fits in the attic. **I do this at dawn, so it's not really hot.
I love my roof fan. When I'm not using the AC, which is most of the
time, it takes at least 10 degrees off the second floor. Maybe if I
doubled the insulation it wouldn't be able to make such a difference,
but now it does.
This year there was a lot of milkweed-looking stuff in the air for a
while in the spring. I don't know if that has anything to do with it,
but both my soffit vents and my neighbors are covered with lint-like
stuff. I have a powered fan and he doesn't, and we both need to clean
this stuff off to get decent circulation through the attic. (Of
course I cleaned the outside of my soffit vents 10 years ago, and I
think he has never done so.)
OH, BTW, I got an email last June from someone who found a post of
mine in groups.google He ended up just buying an entirely new fan,
removing the motor and blade from it, and using that. IIRC it was
cheaper than buying the motor separately! Although if he had bought
the bigger fan it would have been the same price.
OK, here's the last letter he wrote to me, or I wrote to him, except
for the picture of the motor, which I can email to you if you want for
At 07:35 PM 6/20/06, PK wrote:
Thanks for the info.
Although I originally installed the attic fan, I didn't relish having
to go up on roof of our 2-story house,
and there was no need to disturb the shingles and replace the vent
You have to go on the roof to change the motor? Not with mine.
So I went to Lowe's this morning, and purchased a complete 1170cfm
vent fan unit. $54.00+tax
I think that is cheaper than I paid for the motor alone, but I don't
know the specs. I wasn't interested at the time.
Then, in the stand-up attic area, I unscrewed the 3 bolts holding the
support frame, motor and
attached fan blade & thermostat housing, and bolted it all in place.
Connected two wires, and
all is working again.
I note the new motor has 5-06 black-penned on it; the motor removed
was similarly marked 7-96.
So yours lasted 10 years about. That's a good long time.
Now I have a new grey metal dome unit with the flashing surround to be
donated to AmVets.
The new motor doesn't have the Leslie-Locke brand name on it, but the
new motor is identical in
size and appearance to the old one. Has a 5-year warranty, but it's
with the manufacturer
(Texas address)-- requires that failed parts be sent to them for
verification and replacement
(at least they say they'll cover shipping back to me of the replaced
parts). Odds are it'll
be working OK five years hence, but ~10 years is the likely failure
point. I considered
spending $79.00 for a higher air-volume unit (1,320 cfm; same
dimensions-- 14 3/4" dia housing).
I might still have the box my fan came in. I put most of that stuff
in the attic, but old boxes got covered by newer boxes. And the
ladder I use to get to the attic is on loan.
But since I wasn't adding any additional air-input vents, didn't think
I'd notice any increase in ventilation.
I'd found an identical motor on Home Depot's website for $42 + tax
(temporarily unavailable online),
and they have a complete unit for $57.95
Lowe's was a bird in-hand, $3.95 cheaper, and I got a clean, firmly
and new thermostat as well.
I still haven't turned on the AC yet this year; they just said
on TV that temp got to upper 80's,
Me neither. It was 95 on Sunday, remember, and I was home and got hot
but humidity is reasonably low, so it's bearable. Only ~10 weeks til
Sept and the advent of cooler weather.
Thanks again; hopefully the motor you got last year will last
longer than an OEM motor.
Thanks. It's been 4 or 5 years already. The receipt I found was from
the first one, I think but I have all the receipts somewhere.
I also want to resolve the reliability of yp.yahoo.com, but I doubt
they'll even answer me with more than a form letter. And I guess no
matter what they say, I'll know the phone book is better, when I have
a phone book. I used to have a collection of DC phone books, but a
water leak ruined them all. I'll have to ask my friend in Alexandria
to start saving last year's books for me.
Maybe there is some bug in the system and if I tell them about EMR, it
will be the clue they need to find the bug. I guess I'm a cockeyed
Thanks for the follow-up.
=============At 11:20 AM 6/19/2006, you wrote:
At 10:05 AM 6/19/06, PK wrote:
I noted a google groups discussion from 2005 to which meirman
contributed info regarding replacing a Leslie-Locke attic fan motor.
I don't think I knew the fan being discussed was Leslie-Locke, but
there is a good chance mine was. (I saw such fans for sale but I don't
remember for sure what I bought.)
I believe you mentioned that there are only two sources in Baltimore
area for replacement motors.
AFAICT.... Well I see I was mistaken afa the phone book goes. I don't
remember if I called some of these places and they didn't really sell
motors, or not. Maybe there were only two that were close enough to
I'm in Clarksville, and my Leslie-Locke 5 1/8" dia white attic fan
seized up and needs replacement.
If you're the individual who contributed to that discussion last year
attic fan motor replacement, I'd be grateful if you could email me the
two sources that you found for that motor.
That''s me. One was on the near NW side. I can picture the street
and the parking lot but I have to look it up to get the name. Their
listing in the yellow pages indicated to me that they were as good as
the other, so I went to them first because they were a little closer.
But they didn't have it, and iirc, didn't even have to check to know
they didn't have it. It struck me as a standard size, so I was
The other was called Electric Motor Repair and it's at something like
300 E. 20-something street, on the north side,
I brought the old one with me and I was in and out in 10 minutes. I
would save the old one, so I didn't have to take the one you buy now
out, in order to buy the third one. It was about 80 dollars, which
was more than the whole fan several years earlier, but well worth the
price. It was 95 in Baltimore yesterday, and it was pretty warm on my
second floor, but not hot. I was at my desk most of the day, wearing
shorts and no shirt, and it was tolerable. I may have said that
before the fan, I couldn't come up stairs even at 11PM. I'd have to
sleep in the basement.
I don't like to waste the money for AC, although if there were more
people here, it would be less per person,. and I expect electric
charges will keep going up, so I don't want to get used to it, but the
notion that the fan takes anywhere near as much as the AC does not
ring true with me. And I like the windows open, which even if I did
not care about money, I could have open for a couple more months a
year, when otherwise it woudl be too hot.
OK so I looked in yp.yahoo.com yp=yellow pages.
It doesn't seem to be there anymore. I printed out what I found under
"electric motor" The first store might be Lange, or maybe Wisner. I
would call before I went there.
Well I looked in the real yellow pages, if you consider the One Book
to be that, and it was easy to find under Electric Motors-MFRS &
DISTRS. 700 E 25th very close to what I said. 410-467-8080.
Of course this book is from 1999-2000.
NO, I called them and they are still in business as before. I told
them that they weren't in yp.yahoo.com and she said she'd tell
There are some other entries in this section also but the Electric
Motor Repair Co. has 5 separate box entries at the same address, for
different brands of motors. (So they are big and probably have
everything.) And none of the other entries in the whole section match
entries from yp.yahoo.com, except Lange. That's strange even for a 6
y.o. phone book. This is very disappointing because it means I can't
count on yp.yahoo.com at all anymore.
Plus there is a separate category called Electric Motors, Dealers and
Repair, and EMR is in there too, and so are some of the listings
below, and even if you combine the two secions, there are at least
twice as many companies in the phone book, If you only look at Mfrs &
Distrs, only one item is in yp.yahoo.com.
You know I thought yp.yahoo.com was more reliable than this.
Eesco Pump & Valve Inc
(410) 233-8500 634 S Brice St
Baltimore, MD Map
Kauffman Electric Co Inc
(410) 276-4000 3400 Boston St
Baltimore, MD Map
Keystone Electric Co Inc
(410) 539-1730 2807 Annapolis Rd
Baltimore, MD Map
Lange Electric Co
(410) 644-3500 Web Site 2626 W Patapsco Ave
Baltimore, MD Map
(410) 335-1794 11718 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD Map
Team Svc Corp
(410) 536-4488 1401 Angela Ave
Baltimore, MD Map
Wisner Electric Co
(410) 233-5262 2701 Frederick Ave
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