Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 67
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by oldned Better than the original motor
Roof vent motors all fail eventually. It's a tough environment and the motor bearings usually seize up. I have two R26 power vents on the roof. My history is that the first original motor burned out after 2 years, replaced by another under warranty. The replacement motor seized up after 9 more years. So then I bought a Master Flow motor from Home Depot. I noticed this was a PSC motor with a capacitor, using less watts and lower current for same output, and it it still running smoothly after 4 years. It was also quieter compared to my other vent which still had its original motor. Now the original motor in the second vent has seized up after 15 years, so I have no hesitation in buying another MasterFlow from Home Depot for this. I replaced the motors from inside the attic, a little hassle, but not difficult.
July 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ozzie Working just fine, so far!
I am writing this review only a few weeks after I installed two of these attic fan motors. I say that because I really don't know of the quality yet but the two motors have been working flawlessly through some of Georgia's hottest temps so far. I originally had two attic fans installed about 10 years ago. Those motors both stopped working this year. I think one of the problems that caused the original motors to go out was the fact that the original installer only cut half a hole out of my roof, thereby reducing the air flow and I would assume decreasing time on the motors. I had to end up cutting the holes out and the replacement took a few hours each. I broke it up two different mornings because the attic got so hot.
I have seen other reviews that say that these motors are cheap and unreliable. I don't know. I hope that they last as long as the other motors did. So far I am really pleased with them and I can tell a huge difference in the temperature inside my house on a hot summer day.
July 7, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by McFlubbin Consider it a consumable
Razor blades are designed to wear out after a certain number of uses and so too are these motors. I recently purchased a new residence and the seller had two of these motors on hand to replace the two failed ones up in the attic.
I placed a thermo probe in the attic prior to replacement - temp reached a high of 141 deg F. After replacement we are down to 102 deg F.
As others have said, you need 2x 7/16 wrenches and an allen wrench (mine required 5/32 - odd). The bolt/nut removal for the housing is easiest when you have one socket drive and one closed end wrench.
The fan is fairly loud when running but I can't hear it once my attic access door is closed.
May 31, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FeelingburntinLongBeach FAN-tastic
I purchased the PR2-HI22 in 4/8/2001 and installed a lighted inline switch in the closet to turn the unit off in the winter. The light install is attached to the dead side of the wire/switch, so when switched on there is a light indicator. I have not replaced the motor but purchased this replacement motor, just in case it is needed. I feel most who have had issues set the trip level too low which results in higher fan operation. Although, if you follow the instructions it recommends 105° F, I set the thermostat to 118° F. I also did my best to make sure the thermostat gets plenty of air flow when the motor is operating. Hope this information will assist those who have had issues.
June 4, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Brashland Yup, it fits.
Yup, it fits and is a direct replacement. I was able to remove and switch the motor out by only removing the nuts and bolts to the support arms that wrap aroud it. Getting the old one out and the new one back in was a little tricky and an extra set of hands would have helped but it can be done by yourself.
Rewiring the motor to the old thermostat was straight forward and no problem.
September 1, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner Truely Junk
These off the shelf, sold in the HD retail store replacement vent fan motors are pathetic. I put one in March 2015. It had failed by mid-June 2015. (Hummm.. 3 months service for $56) Another off the shelf HD retail store replacement motor was installed Mid-June 2015. I go into the attic at the end of each month to clean the HVAC filter. Surprise! The mid-June installed fan was not running.
June 28, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MS Glad for the option
Was happy to be able to replace just the motor after the motor on my 8 year old assembly failed.
The replacement is straight forward.
The motor is less powerful...but is more efficient and quieter.
July 4, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DoctorG These motors require maintenance every 2-3 years.
Have used this roof vent system for 30 years, replaced a couple of times when the plastic dome, not the metal one deteriorated in TX sun. The motor has only bronze sleeve bearings that require periodic cleaning and lubrication. Have looked for, but never found a ball bearing motor for this application. To cut down on dust entering the shaft end of the motor, cut a 2 inch diameter leather or rubber circle, punch a 7/16 hole in the center and slip over the shaft between the motor and fan. One can get 15-20 years out of a motor with some regular care and lubrication. The new motor is a capacitor run motor drawing 1.6 amp instead of 3-4 amps. A motor with sealed ball bearing and thrust bearing would solve the problem.
July 1, 2012