Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 25
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by dave945 Heater failure
The heater in this unit failed after a very short time of use. The fan was not installed immediately after purchase, so the one year warranty expired before the fan was put in service. I purchased a new heater element from Nutone and it failed after less than an hour of use. The exhaust temp is well in excess of the thermal fuse rating for this device. The thermal fuse is what protects against an overtemp situation and will burn out if it's temperature rating is exceeded for very long. The fuse in this unit's heater is rated at 110 deg. C (230 deg. F) at 1500 watts, while the exhaust temperature is in excess of 300 deg. F. I don't know if this is a design flaw, but according to the other comments, I am not the only person to experience this problem.
January 29, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jmakeitwork Worked GREAT for 6 months
Installed unit March 2013. Worked great for 6 months. Then no heat. As a highly technical person, I removed heat blower and element. The over-temperature safety fuse was blown. Element itself was in good condition. Set unit up on test bench and powered up. Noticed heat blower seemed to run too slow rpm. After few minutes brass blower bushing were quite warm to touch. Disassembled blower motor. Measured brass bushings and motor shaft. Insufficient clearance. Polished motor shaft to reduce size .001 inch diameter. Reassembled blower. Temporarily by-passed blown safety fuse on test bench. At power on motor runs much faster; brass bushings do not get hot; get great heat from unit.
Now just need new heat element with safety fuse. HELLO NewTone!!!
November 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by alwf Great value
I had this unit installed in January and immediately wondered why I waited so long to improve the heating in my bathroom. It heats the room in about 2 minutes and keeps it warm even on the coldest mornings. The exhaust fan is a little louder than I would like so you might want to consider the model QTXN110HL before you purchase. There is a disply in my home store that lets you hear the different noise levels, and that should be very helpful. Just remember, it will be a little louder in a small bathroom than what you will experience from the store display. Overall, very satisfied and would recommend this product.
May 7, 2010
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by TxHillCountryBob Beware: Designed for new construction only!
This unit is not designed to replace an existing unit unless you are planning to replace the ceiling. The vent duct is of extremely cheap quality with both the tabs on the baffle and on the duct itself not surviving the installation. I had to tape the duct into place.
If I experience the same problem with heater motor bushings as other reviewers I'll replace the unit and never buy Nutone again.
January 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Taebo Bigger and Better
This heater/light/fan combo is larger than the typical light/fan or heater/light/fan, therefore it weighs more. Be sure your ceiling framing can support the weight and the extra height required above ceiling. The 1500-watt heater is more than typical bathroom heaters and pulls a heavier load. If this is intended for a remodel application, I would suggest ensuring you have 12-2 or 12-3 wire installed to carry the load. I found out I had 14-2 wire from when the house was built originally and had to pull a separate "hot" power line from the bathroom plug circuit. Most new homes require 12-2 on bathroom plug circuits due to the GFCI code requirement but mine ~1995 did not have that code requirement at the time apparently. The problem with doing this is if the heater is turned on and a hair dryer is running from the plugs on the circuit, it's very likely to pull too much of a load and trip the breaker as this has happened to me already a couple of times. The box has a disclaimer that it requires a dedicated 20-amp circuit breaker and I highly suggest ensuring this is possible unless you enjoy resetting the circuit breaker every time it trips.
Aside from all of the wiring requirements of the product, it is an excellent product. For remodel, it will take most of the day to install even if you are familiar with this type of work. This unit is made for new construction, so some modifications to the hanger brackets and support may be required if you don't have the space to squeeze the brackets between the drywall and the ceiling joist.
January 2, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Crafty Home Depot should get involved
Just like everyone else. Worked great for 6 months then heater fuse was blown due to poor airflow from blower motor bushings being to tight. Obvious defect and Home Depot should not sell NuTone products if they can not acknowledge a defective products.
January 23, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Woodenslip Installed in customer dwelling
Installing this unit was quite easy as there was already an existing, and much older, unit that needed to be removed. The new unit was larger so, cutting out the ceiling was not a problem. Be sure you know and understand the wiring needs are for the new unit as well as what you already have.
December 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by eric Best purchase I could have made!
Purchased this for my cold-blooded wife :) and we both agree it was a very good choice. It has been great for cold mornings, previously people tried to heat up the entire house just to take a shower - made things a little stuffy.
Installed this two years ago, and it's worked very well, it heats up just the bathroom, leaving the rest of the house at a livable temperature.
My only suggestion would be to purchase the timer switch with the heater, I wouldn't want to leave it on more than 15 minutes at a time (1-it is noisy, and 2-it gets hot!) Install with the timer, and you won't have a problem.
I found the fan fairly quiet (except for using the heater), and I installed a low-wattage CFL so we can use it as a nightlight if desired. My only regret was not installing it sooner. I definitely recommend this product!
October 20, 2011