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Which bathroom exhaust fan?

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by EN710, 18th Apr, 2016.

  1. EN710

    EN710 Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking of changing the exhaust fan in my PPOR bathroom as the original from the builder is totally ineffective.

    It's a small bathroom about 2x3m max. and the entire wall gets really wet from steam if we close the door for shower.

    Any brand-model recommendations? Need a strong one.
    And who can install this? Electrician?
     
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    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    We've always found Tastic works better than the nicer looking, more streamline types. You need an electrician unless you have a power point already in the ceiling and the new one fits the old cut out.
     
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    Is the bathroom vented to allow air in when the fan is on?

    If not, the fan is only creating a vacuum.
     
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    Thank you @wylie

    @Random Username I wish I know.. it's an apartment
    When the builder came to fix the leak from apartment above and took off the fan, I did see a duct - though I suspect it's ducted to... the vent in my living room.
     
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    No, it needs airflow into the room.

    Does it have an opening window?

    If so open that and see if it improves what the fan does.
     
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    Nope, it's an enclosed no window bathroom :oops:
    I usually open the door wide after, but I can't expect this from tenant when I rent the place out next year.
     
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    Yeah you will need an electrician to install it.
    You can connect it to the light switch, probably a better idea for an IP than PPoR.
     
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    Next time leave the bathroom door open a little and see if that improves it.

    If so, you probably won't need to replace the fan, but could install a vent in the door to allow air in so the fan can extract it.
     
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    Or undercut the door by 10 mm - more appealing than a grille.

    If the room has a duct, it should exhaust to a separate system (which should have booster fans in the ceiling/duct - body corporate issue).

    Place a tissue on the intake grille to check if the system is working.
     
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    Nope. Tried this and the room starts to sweat after about 10mins of showering. Albeit slower than closing it completely but still sweat. I usually just leave it open unless there's guest :rolleyes:

    Working, just not good enough. Or maybe my water temperature is too hot :oops:
     
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    Installed IXL brand the top range one in a new bathroom with no window. I think its the only one in Bunnings that have warranty if installed by electrician. Works well so far very strong exhaust fan in comparison to a cheap one in the ensuite with big windows.
     
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    This is what we have IXL Tastic, four lamps, middle bulb plus fan. Our son put in a fancy sleek one without a light in a unit and said it was almost hopeless. When we redid our bathroom, we decided (on his advice plus that of our electrician) to stick with the IXL. You can look at the different fans to see how much air they move.
     
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    yeah mine has four heater lamps, a middle bulb and the exhaust.. 3 in 1... works well..
     
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    You're connected to the building exhaust system. If the inline fan isn't cutting it then blowing more air up there is only going to cause issues in other units.

    BC need to ensure the fans are removing sufficient air or to install additional fans in the system to cope.
     
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    Also look at the location of where the unit is currently sitting. We had an IP with the fan dead centre of the room and there was always issues with the walls being wet.

    An electrician checking the fire alarm suggested that we move the unit to over the shower and it has not been a problem since.
     
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    The unit is at the centre of the bathroom (not shower) so this maybe one way to do it if strata allow?
     
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    Depending on the roof type and building codes it should vent to the outside, I installed my own IXL and an exhaustt fan to clear away steam, worked briliiantly.

    If I had to guess for an electrician to install an supplied IXL, I'd say somewhere around 5-600 but I was always on the cheaper end when I was roof bashing. If you get one a little over, some guys put some fat int he quote because if you f**k up cutting out the IXL hole, you go in the hole real quick.
     
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    When i replaced one, i used one with a remote.
    Costs a little more, but overall cheaper than feeding wires through a concrete wall.
     
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    Until the tennents lose the remote or battery acid destroys it :oops:
     
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    What do you think the bond is for :)
     
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