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Old 06-18-2009, 02:12 AM   #1
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first off i have a bathroom exhaust fan that is blowing outwords and not pulling air in? second my outlets are driving me crazy! for some reason the other nigh i had a portable fan plugged in and it would turn on and off i checked the connection and the plug was in the wall fine this same thing happened when my video game system was in t the wall turning on and off?

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.....i have a bathroom exhaust fan that is blowing outwords and not pulling air in?
Bathroom Exhaust fans by definition are blowing air outwards.


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.....my outlets are driving me crazy........ i had a portable fan plugged in and it would turn on and off.....
You are describing an intermittent connection that may be due to an old receptacle that no longer has enough spring tension to hold the plug.
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:51 AM   #3
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Your portable heater may have popped the circuit breaker or fuse.
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first off i have a bathroom exhaust fan that is blowing outwords and not pulling air in?
A little clarification, please: Is it blowing out of the vent in the bathroom, or blowing out the vent on the side of the house, and not pulling in air in the bathroom?

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second my outlets are driving me crazy! for some reason the other nigh i had a portable fan plugged in and it would turn on and off i checked the connection and the plug was in the wall fine this same thing happened when my video game system was in t the wall turning on and off?
If it's happening at multiple receptacles, you may have a loose connection in the back of one receptacle that feeds the others. If your receptacles are back-stabbed..



..those connections are notorious for becoming loose and giving intermittent connections. The wires should be re-stripped and moved to the screw terminals.
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it is not sucking the air in its blowing the air out at me.
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Sounds like the exhaust could be blocked so its blowing air around/at you

OR, it was mounted wrong at the factory somehow
Did it always do this?
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Fan blades backwards? Someone may have attempted a repair and reassembled it wrong. Maybe the whole assembly is upside down or maybe it's just the blades on the shaft. It's easy to tell by looking at the pitch.

The receps? You wiring starts at the breaker and goes thruout the house from recep to recep, to a switch then back to a recep ....etc.

The problem can be anywhere on the circuit. You need to identify the circuit and start looking at the wiring in the jboxes ast each recep/switch. Generally you start at the source and test the breaker/neutral connections then go halfway, disconnect the circuit and see if the problem goes away.

There is a 50% chance that is a bad connection in the back of one of your receptacles.

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