I'm choosing between two bathroom fans. Very similar, one has ball motor
bearing, the other "sleeve". The sleeve one is much quieter, but is
there a difference in terms of reliability and durability?
If used as instructed, the sleeve is a disposable motor and the ball
bearing should last much longer. However the sleeve type most always
says it it does not require lubrication, if you do lube it every couple
years it may outlast the ball bearing one. Either type can claim to be
permanently lubricated but if you are handy and lube them at the first
sign of sluggish or noisy operation, they may last for a lifetime.
Like the kitchen range fans that blow the smoke up to the ceiling, what
a joke. I recently installed a new one that is made to be installed
either with an exhaust or without. The instructions said that if it is
to be installed without an outside exhaust vent, then you need to buy
and keep replacing the charcoal filters. IMO, the charcoal filters are
about useless. Vent it outside or don't bother. With an outside
exhaust vent it only uses a cheap "filter" that keeps hands and things
out of the fan blades.
Panasonic probably is smart enough to sell to proper dealers than to give in
to the price cutting demands of the big box stores.
Goolge up Wal Mart and Vlasic pickle sometime, as well as Wal Mart and
Snapper mowers. Once company gave in to their demands and went bankrupt,
the other refused and flourished.
If you want a quality *anything*, you need to look somewhere other than
Panasonic or any of the other matsuSHITa brands. I have had the
misfortune to use many of their products in many markets over the years
and the only one I didn't have problems with was one of their dot matrix
printers a few decades ago. Avoid all things matsuSHITa like the plague
If you want a really quiet bathroom exhaust, go with a
remote fan where the actual motor and fan is in the
attic and the vent or vents connected with flex-duct.
Fantech is just one manufacturer of the products.
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