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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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