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Startingover 04-27-2012 12:48 PM

is this a stupid question
 
The vent in a bathroom doesn't work. The Home inspector said he didn't know if it 'didn't work, or wasn't installed'.

Is there anyway to check if one is there? Maybe not if the inspector couldn't tell.

Maybe I'll just add that to my list of things for when I get an electrician.

BNTHERE 04-27-2012 12:53 PM

did you mean the HVAC vent?

joecaption 04-27-2012 12:53 PM

Are you 100% sure someone hit the right switch to turn it on?
It can be tested to see if it's getting power, remove the cover and look for where the fan plugs in and test with a meter.

Startingover 04-28-2012 01:05 PM

sorry I wasn't clear. This is the Exhaust Vent in a bathroom. I see the vent in the wall, and all the switches work but that one.

Are you saying take the switch plate cover off or the vent cover off?

thanks

HIVOLT 04-28-2012 02:17 PM

Take the cover of the wall vent and check to see if fan is plugged in. This may have been unplugged because of noise the fan has caused.

Startingover 04-28-2012 04:23 PM

Thank. That would simplify one problem on my checklist if this is all that's wrong.

Ravenworks 04-28-2012 06:29 PM

There are no stupid questions,that is how one learns.

dmxtothemax 04-29-2012 12:25 AM

Another thing to check !
These types of fans usually suffer from the oil gumming up over time,
Sometimes they just need the bearings cleaned and oiled up,
And away they go again.

Startingover 04-29-2012 07:50 AM

cleaning bearings???

I'd guess I'd remove the fan, then use a solvent and brush. If I can spot where the bearings are.

We used to have a gas station and we used gas to clean everything.

a7ecorsair 04-29-2012 08:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Startingover (Post 910015)
cleaning bearings???

I'd guess I'd remove the fan, then use a solvent and brush. If I can spot where the bearings are.

We used to have a gas station and we used gas to clean everything.

Gasoline is quite flammable so something like WD-40 is much safer.:thumbsup:

bobelectric 04-29-2012 08:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HIVOLT (Post 909571)
Take the cover of the wall vent and check to see if fan is plugged in. This may have been unplugged because of noise the fan has caused.

Sometimes you need that noisey fan.

electures 04-29-2012 12:46 PM

If the fan is noisey there may be a retrofit kit available for it. Lowes is carrying an upgrade kit for the Nutone 696N fans. They will fit some of the Broan units as well. The 696N fans were the units we use in the builders grade (cheap) installs. I know I have been installing them all the way back to the early 70's. The upgrade kits are quieter and move more air.

ddawg16 04-29-2012 02:09 PM

Bearings? Yea...right....more like a brass sleeve.....

In most cases, not worth fixing if it is the fan and WD40 doesn't work. In almost all cases where I used WD40 to get something going....the bearings (brass sleeve) was shot so the fan needed replaceing anyway.

dmxtothemax 04-29-2012 08:17 PM

They generally are brass sleeves !
But I use the term bearings because even lay man understand it.
Any way usually a clean and oil will get them going again.
Easy stuff.


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