Rated 3.2 out of 5Â by 13
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Cancer711 It's only a bathroom fan!
This is a bathroom fan after all! You shouldn't have to disassemble it to get it to fit into an existing ceiling! You shouldn't need to install 2x4's between the ceiling joists because the braces don't fit. You shouldn't need to install from inside the attic. You shouldn't need to replace the supplied metal screws because the punched holes are the wrong size. The instructions are VERY misleading and do not cover much of the installation nightmare you have to go through. I have installed ceiling fans with less trouble. What should have been a one hour job became a four hour one. No, it's not rocket science (as another reviewer observed), but it is only a bathroom fan. It shouldn't be this much of a pain!
October 25, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by really Bath Fan Difficulties
Hesitant after reading other reviews, but decided to try this install without attic access. The side of the enclosure with the venting and electrical connections (OUT) is removable. This design made installation from below possible. However, my bath ceiling is sheetrock over plaster and lathe with a thickness of about 1.25 inches. Clearance on the OUT between the electrical connection box and enclosure lip is only 0.75 inches. This required manual relocation (tear-off) of the electrical connection box. Note that the vent connection for this model is 4 inches NOT 6 inches making the unit a bit louder than advertised on the packaging. Conclusion: unless you are super handy or have an entire weekend to blow, choose another model.
October 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by scottmcc Needed to move more air out of the bathroom
I have two boys which take adavnatage of our tankless water heater. The smaller Nutone fan/light could not evacuate the moist air fast enough nor keep up with their long showers. I had water droplets running down the far wall from the humidity. So I went to HD to try and fix the issue. This was the biggest light/fan combo (as far as CFM) on the shelf so I took it home with me. The unit is nearly twice the height of the nutone I was replacing. The unit is a bit heavy as well. I did not hook up the night light since my original fan only had two lines running to the unit. The fan is actually more quiet than the small 50 CFM Nutone unit. The unit did come with two light bulbs but it does NOT come with the night light (if you want to use that feature, pick it up before you leave HD). As far as getting the moisture out of the room...I'm a bit disappointed. It definetly moved more hot air than the smaller Nutone but I was hoping the unit would keep the mirror from totally fogging up. My shower head is rated at 2.5GPM and the room is approx 6 X 12 so it is actually oversized for the room. I have a short straight shot vent pipe to the roof. Total vent length is less than 4FT. So, to summ it up:
- Nice lighting (the two bulbs are included, but not the nightlight)
- The fan is quiet, very happy about the noise level
- The fan does move more hot air than my previous unit rated at 50 CFM
Maybe my expectations were a bit too high...or my shower head with tankless water heater is just too much to handle (there is not an outside window in this bathroom).
The picture shows the Nutone (smaller unit) and this unit.
October 28, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by decaffeine installation nightmare
I bought two of these fans. One was very quiet and the other very noisy. In the process of exchanging that one. This fan will frustrate you with the mounting issues. The reviewer cuisinartoh described most of the design problems to a tee. Here are some more. None of the installation photos in the instructions show an installation that can actually be done with existing drywall in. The short front mounting rail is even worse than the back ones that you have to bend. The front rail is over an inch too long to mount the fan flush against a joist on that side because it hits against the exhaust vent. You will have to cut the rail or mount the other side of a fan against a joist. The screws that keep the mounts from sliding and rattling won't thread. They are too short to get 1 full turn and pop out. I ended up not using any of the rails. I put 4 screws in from the bottom, 1 side to a joist and added a piece of 2x4 to the joist on the other side. The actual fan that wasn't defective is quiet and they are both powerful.
February 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Leslie Very quiet!
I had a pro install this, so I don't know if there were any difficulties there.
This fan is super-quiet and works very well. This bath is at the intersection of two bedrooms, so there is a smoke detector there. With my old fan, if the bather opened the door too soon after the shower, the smoke detector would go off. I have not had this problem with this model and the times I have used the guest bath, it has kept the mirror steam-free.
I had a timer installed with it so I would not have problems with it being left on. I now want this timer on the fan in my other bath! Very easy to do.
January 20, 2014