I have five bathroom extractor fans in the house, three of them huge Manrose
box units that must be 15 years old, and all are looking mucky and/or making
unpleasant noises. Any recommendations on what to look for in a replacement?
With a round of re-decoration coming up I'm inclined to replace the lot.
They are all ceiling-mounted and ducted, mainly to vents set into the tiled
CPC used to do their range, and they were very reasonable.
The other nice thing about them was you could get just about
every part as a spare very cheaply, such armature with bearings,
run-on timer, humidistat, electric shutters, etc. They also have
a self-reset overtemp trip, so the windings don't burn out if
the bearings sieze, giving you the chance to change them.
I bought a new armature/bearing set once, and found it fitted
in a Wickes siezed fan. Someone was flogging a few spare Deta
run-on timers on ebay, whicn I bought too, as my Deta fans
didn't have them.
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Asking for a recommended route is not the same thing as not being able to
It's a part of London I have never worked at before. Mind you, the plumber
left Doncaster at 6am and he got there at 11.30.
I've one in my kitchen, similar vintage. With a little maintenance (cleaning
the grease off every year or so) it should see me out!
The cheapo ones in the bogs will prolly need changing (if replaced with the
same) several times.
I'd also suggest checking the wattage rating before you buy. Someone
bought me an extractor fan + flexible conduit + non-return valve as a
Christmas gift (better than socks!) but the damn thing sucked. Or rather
it didn't suck. It was rated at 14 Watts. Frankly it is crap. I
originally mounted it with one of the none-return valve in the conduit
and it isn't even strong enough to blow the metal flaps on it apart
against the little spring. And yes I'd put it in the correct way around.
It is just barely strong enough to hang onto a tissue if you place it
right next to the fan - so it works, but is quite feeble.
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I used a Soler&Palau inline ducted with a simple vent grill in the ceiling -
that's a 4" hole, don't know if that would be what you have left after
removing the old unit from the ceiling? I'm pleased with mine - runs quiet
and is sited under the floorboards upstairs mid duct. It's powerful but
quiet - the only major noise is the air being sucked through the chromed
grill, but a more traditional "mushroom" grill as seen in office buildings
would be quieter.
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