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Old 05-29-2019, 11:51 PM   #16
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I've just had a bathroom ventilation fan die on me. I got out the ladder and expected it to be an easy fix; figured I'd be able to swap out the old motor for a new one and voila. But it, unfortunately, doesn't seem that easy. I can't find any replacement parts for this fan, and the housing/unit itself looks to have been installed prior to the ceiling being finished, meaning I don't see any way around cutting a hole in the ceiling and completely removing the entire thing.
I feel your pain! I had to replace two of these (similar) bathroom exhaust fans that were "plastered" into the ceiling. Like you, I tried finding replacement parts--none were available. I tried to remove the fans, but the screws, etc., were covered, and access through the attic was no better.

Finally, I bit the bullet, chiseled out some plaster so that I could "surgically" remove the fan! Then I found a similar sized modern fan as a replacement. I had to remove some extra plaster/board and square up the "hole."

After installing the new "lighter" motor/housing, I had to repair the area surrounding the housing, (e.g., some new board, plaster and paint).

New fan is quieter and more powerful. Truly a PITA doing this.
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:14 AM   #17
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I'm glad you got it sorted, but the one thing I always tell anyone before swapping out a fan is to check the switch! I've seen a fan motor get pulled, replacement ordered, then same kind of PITA replacement process, only to find out that the timer switch was the actual culprit.
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Get a new one best thing to do.
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OMG!

The wiring is right there.
The ducting is right there
If you have to cut the thing out.
Install the new and put everything back

It should cost you anymore then the fan unit that comes with a bracket
A small piece of drywall
Some spackle.
Some paint.
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Bath vent fans are commonly 9x9 inches in size so you should be able to remove the old one by removing the screws holding it in place and then putting the new fan in the same opening.

I had first phoned a handyman I have used in the past and he started giving me a song and dance about how it would take more than half a day and he needed to charge $550. Surprised that he gets away with such guff.

Decided to do it myself and it took me less than an hour from start to finish.
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Thanks for all the thoughts. I'm sure most on this board are very handy and cutting and re respackling is easy. These are learned skills, and I just don't have them yet, so this has been a more difficult issue for me.

I got pretty lucky in the end. So of course I wasn't able to (easily...) replace the entire unit and parts are not easily purchased - and the manufacturer refused to sell me parts directly - the current model of this fan is still sold at Home Depot.

I did end up purchasing a new one, and again go lucky in that the fan itself was very easy to pull out of the housing and 'swap' with the dead fan in the installed housing. Unfortunately the rest of the new fan unit I purchases is just junk now. At some point we'll need to really re-do the bathroom, so I'll be very sure to get a better fan installed at that point, but for now things are working again.
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Thanks for all the thoughts. I'm sure most on this board are very handy and cutting and re respackling is easy. These are learned skills, and I just don't have them yet, so this has been a more difficult issue for me.

I got pretty lucky in the end. So of course I wasn't able to (easily...) replace the entire unit and parts are not easily purchased - and the manufacturer refused to sell me parts directly - the current model of this fan is still sold at Home Depot.

I did end up purchasing a new one, and again go lucky in that the fan itself was very easy to pull out of the housing and 'swap' with the dead fan in the installed housing. Unfortunately the rest of the new fan unit I purchases is just junk now. At some point we'll need to really re-do the bathroom, so I'll be very sure to get a better fan installed at that point, but for now things are working again.
You were lucky to find the same fan to purchase and it was probably cheaper than buying replacement parts.

FYI for future reference Panasonic fans are made for retrofit. I have changed out many old builder specials for a Panasonic model. Much quieter. Nutone also has some retrofit models, but I have never used them.

Incidentally that $550.00 to replace the fan is about what I would charge in NJ which includes the cost of the Panasonic fan. Usually takes around 3.5 - 4 hours with set up and clean up. Most of the time I can do it without the ceiling needing repairs or painting. I don't need attic access. Some alteration to the exhaust duct is required, but I have a box of fittings that I bring with me.
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