The exhaust fan in both bathrooms "wails like a banshee"
I suppose it's inherent to the design of the fan.
I've been in homes where tthe exhaust fan
runs virtually silent.....
I'd like to replace the banshees.
Is this a "screw-out, screw-in" operation?
or does each fan have its own peculiar installation ?
I've replaced one. It's an easy screw-out , screw-in operation. Take
the old one out, go to home-depot and get a replacement. They're not
very durable. I had a new home and one failed after 3 years or so.
(not much useage even)
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It may be easy, it may not. Chances are you are going to want a
different design that will be quieter by design. That means it is likely
going to be a little larger and you may need access from above. There are a
lot of iff's so I don't think anyone can say for sure.
For the pro it is usually not a big job as they know the tricks but for
us kind of mortals, it can turn into a long term project.
The Panasonic line of bathroom exhaust fans are very quiet and well made.
They can be used for a retrofit or new construction. This should take 3 - 6
hours to replace depending on your abilities, availability of tools, access
to attic, duct connection, wiring connection, ease in removal of old fan,
I second the recommendation of Panasonic fans--I recently put one in our
main bathroom (which did not already have a fan, so I can't vouch for
replacement times), and am very, very happy with it. The only noise I hear
is the air movement--and even that's inaudible while I'm taking a shower.
Working with my dad in the bathroom, myself in the attic, we were able to
run a new wire from the switch to the fan location, cut out the ceiling, and
install the new fan in a couple of hours.
We did find that the fan was designed to be installed before the ceiling, as
the mounting bracket screws and the wiring would be easier to access. You
can, of course, connect the wiring just before putting the box in place,
which I did; it was still less than ideal.
As for the person who talked about a fifteen-minute removal/installation, I
suspect that they were staying with the same manufacturer/model, so they
just had to drop out the fan itself, leaving the case, and then lift in the
new one. If you have to remove and remount a case, plan on being in the
attic for a while.
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