The ceiling fan in my main bathroom (with shower) has died. As a temporary
fix I installed the insert from the ceiling fan in the secondary bathroom
(no shower). They are both the same make and model. I think they are
original with the house which is about 11 years old.
I bought a new ceiling fan that is basically/exactly/almost/maybe the same
size. In fact, the original is a NuTone and the new one is a Broan which
appears to be Broan-NuTone.
The original and new one both specify 120V and 60Hz (I'm in Canada). The
only difference I can see is that the old one uses 0.9 amps and the new one
is 1.1 amps. The original is rated 50 CFM 2.5 Sonnes. The new fan is rated
50 CFM 3 Sonnes.
My question is, is it ok to use the new fan's insert in the old fan's
housing? Or would it be better/right to replace the whole thing, housing
I have never installed a ceiling fan, but with two wires and the hole
already cut and duct work in place, I don't think it would be all that
I did a small test and I think the new insert will fit in the old housing. I
didn't force it in. The plug appears to fit into the original housing
socket but I didn't turn the power on.
Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Broan has made changes in many of their fans, in my opinion, to prevent part
swapping. It's most prevalent in the larger size fans. If the guts fit and
don't rub, it'll be fine. If it doesn't fit, you can get replacement parts
online at ventingdirect.com or other etailers, but be absolutely sure of the
model number and any suffixes
Thanks for the link. I've checked it out and I fear the exhaust fan (I was
incorrectly calling it a ceiling fan) is a NuTone 696NDC B Unit (insert
with motor). I checked the site and there is a NuTone 696N but its a newer
model for roughly the same price of the new Broan I bought.
From the installation instructions on ventingdirect.com I see that the newer
model has a curved plastic insert - just like the Broan I bought. I figure
that it's for better air flow. However, the original NuTone housing doesn't
have this curved plastic insert - it's just a tin box.
I think I will just outright replace the original with the new exhaust fan.
It is the main bathroom, so I want to make sure there is properly shower
Thanks for the link!
there is a possible part number ahead, but there are many variables.
this is a thankless time consuming pain in the behind without the
replacement parts. [i am facing this regularly as these various models
hit their dead fan stages. patience is required.]
try a local johnstone supply with your old motor with its fan blade.
you will need to replace them both together in most cases. you will be
sorry when you tear out the entire unit expecting the new one to match
and it doesn't despite your measurements. the entire unit of new
assembly will likely not match the old unit for part swaps. and the
next day you will find replacement plug in parts. it's every variable
on dimensions of shaft length, shaft shape, round or D, rotations
clockwise or counterclockwise, some reversible, with and lacking
plugs, fan style, fan blade count, direction of pitch, shaft shape and
diameter and length.
otherwise look at virtual catalog pages 445 of catalog 58 online there
(or you will get stuck in an endless text search for exhaust fans) at:
i have not ordered this item yet, i don't know if it fits your
application, but you may think you are in heaven when you see this
BROAN EXHAUST FAN UPGRADE KIT HD Supply Part #: 255301 BROAN EXHAUST
FAN UPGRADE KIT
Broan Exhaust Fan Upgrade Kit - Includes Newly Styled Grille, Quieter
Fan Assembly And Appropriate Motor Plate - Two Motor Plates - 60 CFM -
3.0 Sones - Fits Broan Models 688, 689, 670 And 671, Nautilus Models
N688 And N671, Nutone Models 693, 695 And 696N - Mfg #690
HD Supply Part #: 255301
Mfg #: 690
Made In: USA
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