Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 94
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dplumber Exhaust fan
Easy install. Quiet fan. Installed in minutes. Replaces most traditional fans.
July 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GElectrician Just needed the fan and motor
I was looking to find a replacement for a Broan exhaust fan that is 40 years old! Could not find a easy change out replacement. I did find this economical fix. I took the motor and fan blade from this unit and it fits in the old frame with some mechanical ingenuity. I had to use the longer screws from the old unit and run them the other way trough the new fan motor housing then put it all together but it was relatively easy and seems to work fine. Holds a piece of facial tissue up when running.
June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sparky Handy repair part
I had to repair an exhaust fan in a bathroom that had burnt out. I had to disassemble the replacement unit to mount on the original housing plate. The motor screw pattern was the same as was the blade size. The bath fan is repaired without having to cut the housing out of the ceiling. It runs very quietly and moves air effectively.
June 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer cooler
This fan works great. My AC works a lot less than it used to. Great investment.
June 28, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by max glad to find fan
had to take fan from housing and place in old housing, but at least it worked. Only moves 50 CFM, not very much. would like to have been able to move at least 70 CFM.
June 29, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hststrong great replacement
although a little loud, it works perfectly as a replacement to a bad fan
June 28, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jaime As noisy as the 20 year old it replaced
While doing a thorough cleaning we found mold and rust in the original 696ND-B fan we had in our guest bathroom... I assumed a new fan could be at least a little quieter... but the only gain was in CFM. Although I don't have any tools to measure that.... Nose level was 54 dBm with the original one... 55 to 56 dBm with the new one... I would gladly pay a little more for a direct quieter replacement... I just don't want to have to deal with replacing the housing.
May 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by skaizun Very loud for my small bathroom; not sure if it works right
I needed to replace my bathroom fan, whose 20-year old motor started grinding (probably bad bearings). Unfortunately, the fan openning is an odd-size, and I can't widen it due to a tiled ceiling (at least, not easily), and I can't remove the old base without doing substantial damage to the drywall, thanks to an overzealous contractor. As such, I couldn't buy a new unit (base, motor, fan, and cover), because none fit (n.b., most that are meant for small bathrooms are about 25% too small for mine, which includes this model; "universal" is a funny word, these days! Why they couldn't design it so that it could open to a variety of widths and lengths is beyond me!). So, I purchased this one, removed the new motor and fan from the base (cover not included), and, due to alignment issues with the old base, had to "flip" the new fan's mount by swapping the mounting screws/nuts to the opposite side (this isn't all that unusual, so, why they can't make that easier on DIY'ers is also beyond me!). Despite the new motor being about the same size as the old motor, after installing it, it turned out to be nearly twice as loud (allegedly, 4 sones, which, now that I've experienced it, is considerably louder than I had anticipated!), with a little bit more vibration (there is nothing wrong with the unit). Personally, I like it, so that nobody hears what's going on in the bathroom! But, it disturbs anyone sitting in an adjacent room or in a room above it. I'm not even sure that it's doing a good job in taking the air/odor out: I put a small piece of paper on the fan's cover, and it held in place, meaning that the motor and fan are doing their job suctioning up the air. But, when I move the paper just a bit to the opposite end of the cover, it gets pushed off, meaning that there is a vortex in the opposite direction. I lit a match then blew it out to see what would happen to the smoke: In some parts of the room, it just "sat" there; In others, it seemed to push away from the fan. However, if I let the fan run for about a minute after I finish on the toilet (i.e., long enough to wash my hands), there is no discernible odor, so, it's probably doing its job. Regardless, I'll have to find a way to muffle the fan, possibly with hard rubber or foamcore around the in-ceiling side of the base, though I doubt that will do the trick. If you're lucky enough to have a perfect-fit openning for this unit's base, and don't mind the loudness, then this would be a good replacement for you.
June 21, 2016