Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Attic Fans, Whole House Ventilation and Air Quality

    How do I calculate what size ventilator I need for my attic?

    Use the calculator on the Broan.com website, or follow the example below:
    1. Calculate the volume of your attic, in cubic feet, depending on the style of your home’s roof
      Attic Volume for Gable Roof

      Volume = Length x Width x Height x 1/2
       
      Attic Volume for Hip Roof

      Volume = Length x Width x Height x 1/3
       
    2. Attic Volume x 10 Air Changes per Hour = Total Cubic Feet per Hour of ventilation recommended
    3. Total Cubic Feet per Hour ÷ 60 Minutes/Hour = Cubic Feet Per Minute of ventilation recommended. Many Attic Ventilator manufacturers provide ratings for their products’ Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM)

      Example: Average Gable Attic Volume = 58.75’ x 29’ x 7.25’ x ½ = 6,176 Cubic Feet
      6,176 Cubic Feet x 10 Air Changes/Hour = 61,760 Cubic Feet/Hour ÷ 60 Min/Hour = 1,029 CFM


    How much free area air intake do I need in the attic for the ventilator to work properly?

    Replacement air is drawn through vents in your soffit. To determine the minimum soffit vent area required (in square inches) multiply the total CFM of your powered ventilator(s) by 0.48. This number is the total square inches of soffit venting required by your powered ventilator(s).

    Example: 1,029 CFM x 0.48 = 494 Square Inches of soffit vent area recommended.

    How do I calculate the existing free air in my attic?

    If you have eve vents or gable vents multiply the length by width of each one. This will give you the square inches (if the opening is covered with screen divide by 2). The net free area may be stamped in the frame on the vent. Add up all the totals from all of the vents to get your total existing free air area.

    What if I do not have enough free air area in my attic?

    We recommend adding additional free air area to insure that your Attic Ventilator works at optimal efficiency.

    At what temperature should the thermostat of the Attic Ventilator be set?

    This varies depending on the climate of your home and the sun exposure of your roof. A starting point to determine an on/off temperature is to measure the summertime temperature of the attic in the evening, when there is no sun. Use this temperature as a baseline; when the temperature gets warmer, the ventilator should operate.

    Can I paint the dome on my attic ventilator? If so, what kind of paint do I use?

    Yes. The dome may be painted using a normal water base exterior house paint.

    Can a variable speed control switch be used with an attic ventilator?

    Yes, Model 72W or 72V variable speed controls may be used with the Models 350BK, 350br, 353, 35316, 355BK, 355BR and 358. Do not use these controls with Models 356BK or 356BR.

    Can a gable ventilator be installed on a roof?

    No. Gable Ventilators are designed to be installed on vertical locations.

    Can an attic ventilator be installed on a vertical surface?

    No, except for Gable Mount styles, Broan attic ventilators are to be installed on horizontal or sloped surfaces.

    Can an attic ventilator be installed on a flat roof?

    Yes. Note that a curb will need to be built so that the housing is higher and snow and water levels would not affect product performance.

    Can I install a dehumidistat on an attic ventilator?

    Yes. Use model DH100W.

    Why would I need an ERV or an HRV for my home?

    The air circulation within your home may be good, but more likely the air quality is poor. It's damp, stuffy, or making you sick. Replacing appliances such as a furnace or water heater, installing new windows or adding siding to a home changes the air leakage rate. Any improvements made to a home that reduces airflow in a house may result in insufficient natural ventilation. Excess moisture destroys your windows and building structure. Mold, mildew, carbon monoxide and chemical pollutants are harmful to human health. You need to build tight, but more important, ventilate right.

    Would I be able to improve my air quality with just a ventilator?
    Healthy indoor air requires you add a mixture of regular fresh outdoor air. Tighter building construction causes negative pressure when bath fans, kitchen range vents, clothes dryers and other exhaust equipment are in use. Your vent fans suffer. They will not be effective and motors will wear out more quickly.

    Why is an HRV or ERV system better than a regular ventilator?

    Ventilators do not recover the energy (heat or cooler temperature) from the air being exhausted. An ERV and HRV unit transfers the temperature to the fresh air being drawn into the home. Reheating or cooling costs become minimal in comparison to heating or cooling air being drawn in through cracks and leaks in your building structure.

    Must I also install bath fans if I choose to install an IAQ system?

    An IAQ vent system cannot be as effective if the high levels of humidity generated by today's shower and tub systems is allowed to dissipate throughout the entire house. It should be removed at the source by running a bathroom exhaust fan for 20-30 minutes after each shower. Your bathrooms should be properly measured and fans for each room must be chosen with proper CFM (Cubic Feet of air per Minute). Then the house's general ventilating system can control the moisture.

    Can I ventilate my bath fans through an IAQ system's ductwork?

    It is not recommended that you do this. When an IAQ system has been properly sized and balanced, any vent fan that operates during operation of the IAQ will unbalance that system, rendering it ineffective. The high humidity from the bathroom, along with any odors, may be circulated throughout the rest of the house.

    How much fresh air is needed in a home?

    A vent system designed to provide fresh air must provide approximately one-third (0.35) air changes per hour.

    To calculate the required minimum CFM, divide the square footage of your house by 20, or consult a qualified HVAC contractor to properly size your building.

    Who installs IAQ equipment?
    Generally it should be installed where your furnace and A/C is because proper sizing and balancing of the system is critical. The unit must be installed in areas that do not get below 40°F. A floor or pipe drain must be available.

    What types of controls are available to operate the IAQ equipment?
    Low voltage wiring (4-conductor telephone-type cable) is required to install the humidity controls, which activate and operate the ventilation equipment. The ERV must have one of the Central controls. The VT3W (our DETECTOR model) activates the ERV by sensing pollutants (not humidity). There are also 20 minute push-button timers available to activate the units for short intervals rather than operating in a "constant on" mode.

    Where is an ERV or HRV installed?

    Because the unit is equipped with drains to eliminate humidity from the air, the unit must be installed in an area that does not get below 40° F. A floor or pipe drain must be provided.

    Can I use a BROAN-NuTone residential ERV or HRV (100 or 200) to ventilate my pool or spa areas?
    No. The units are not equipped to handle the high humidity or chemical laden air generated within such an extreme situation. There is a special HRV700 in the line which accommodates that need for ventilation.

    Can I wire my IAQ equipment to my furnace so it only runs when my furnace is running?
    No. It is not possible to have your furnace turn your ventilator on due to the electronic circuitry. However, it is possible to wire just your furnace blower to operate while your ventilator is running so that the most effective ventilation of your whole house is possible. If you are in the habit of closing bedroom doors or other rooms you may have "dead air pockets" in your home. The furnace blower helps the fresh, dry air reach the rooms farthest from the ventilator.

    Why must I have a balanced ventilation system?
    Recent studies show that natural ventilation (leaks and cracks) does not provide adequate fresh air into houses. Energy efficient construction has challenged us to overcome the bad health effects and damaging humidity that tightly constructed buildings have caused. Natural ventilation does not provide adequate ventilation to control these contaminants.

    What type of ducting does the equipment require?

    Your system can be direct-ducted. That is, an independent ducting system can be installed in new construction. This may not work well in old construction. Your unit can be installed in your existing forced air furnace duct, which simplifies the installation in old construction. Both types of installation require a 6" inlet and a 6" exhaust port.

    What is the difference between an HRV and an ERV? Which should I choose for my home?
    In colder climates, where home heating is essential, the Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) is the proper choice.

    The HRV keeps the home supplied with a steady flow of fresh outdoor air. As stale, warm air is expelled, the heat recovery core warms the incoming fresh, colder air before it is distributed throughout the home.

    The result is a constant supply of fresh air, no uncomfortable drafts and greater comfort. In addition to heat recovery and improved air quality, the HRV provides necessary ventilation while controlling excess humidity.

    Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV): Ideal for warmer climates and high-humidity environments.

    Even though the energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is suitable for colder climates, it is usually associated with warmer climate homes where humidity control is important.

    The ERV recovers heat; however, it also recovers the energy trapped in moisture, which greatly improves the overall recovery efficiency.

    The ERV process is as follows: In humid climates and air conditioned homes, when it is more humid outside than inside, the ERV limits the amount of moisture coming into your home.

    In dry climates and humidified homes, when the humidity level is reversed, the ERV limits the amount of moisture expelled from your home. 
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Bath and Ventilation Fans

    How do I properly size an exhaust fan for my bathroom?
    For bathrooms less than 100 square feet, determine the room’s CFM requirements by measuring and multiplying the length, width and ceiling height of the room, then use the multiplication factor of .13 and round up to the next “ten.” For example: 10’ long x 8’ wide x 9’ height x .13 = 93.6, select a bath fan with at least 100 CFM. If the bathroom is larger than 100 square feet, www.HVI.org recommends that you add the CFM requirement for each fixture present - a toilet is 50 CFM, a shower is 50 CFM, a bathtub is 50 CFM and a jetted tub is 100 CFM. For more information download the BROAN Ventilation Fan Catalog and review pages 6 and 7 or call our Technical Support Team at 800-637-1453.

    What does CFM mean?
    CFM is the acronym for Cubic Feet per Minute - the measure of air volume moved by the fan blower. Choose a fan with a CFM rating appropriate for your room size to ensure adequate ventilation.

    What is a Sone, and how is it measured?

    A Sone is a measurement of sound in terms of comfortable hearing level for an average listener. The lower the Sone value, the more comfortable the listening environment. Sones are not decibels or volume, but rather how sound is "sensed". One Sone is the equivalent of a quiet refrigerator.

    What is continuous ventilation?

    Continuous ventilation provides today's airtight homes with a relatively constant and controlled lower level of ventilation. BROAN's extremely quiet and efficient QT Series is ideally suited for these applications.

    Can I mount BROAN fans above my tub and shower?
    Most BROAN fans are rated for use over a shower or bathtub with a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter).

    Can my ceiling fan be surrounded by insulation?

    Yes. BROAN bath fans are designed to provide adequate cooling for motors and lighting, as well as products with integral heaters.

    Will BROAN Fans work in wall-mount applications?
    Some BROAN bath and utility fans may be wall mounted. See the spec matrix for specific models. Improper installation may affect fan life, safety and your warranty.

    Will a ceiling fan or wall-mount utility fan serve as a range hood?

    No. Range hoods are specifically designed to handle grease and high temperature environments. Ventilation provided by BROAN fans is only a supplement for odor and moisture removal in the kitchen.

    What does "static pressure" mean?

    Static pressure is the measurement of airflow resistance as it is pushed through ductwork which reduces the effectiveness of the fan. Learn more on the Home Ventilating Institute web site www.hvi.org.

    How long should a bath fan run after a shower is used?

    The Home Ventilating Institute recommends that a fan should be left on for 20 minutes more to clear humidity adequately and to ensure moisture and condensation in the fan body or ducting is minimized.

    What should I do if I can't wait for moisture to clear, but I don't want a fan to run all day long.
    BROAN has sensing fans that detect the humidity rise caused by a shower and turn on automatically, when moisture has cleared it turns off. Some wall controls also give you the option of humidity sensing, or timer control. Just set it and forget it.
    What are the timer features?
    Delay-off timers automatically shut your fan off after a specified time interval. It's a nice feature in high traffic bathrooms where you may wish to let the fan run to clear moisture adequately. A timer counts down the minutes of fan operation selected by the user.

    Where should the exhaust fan be located?

    Exhaust fans should be located in or near the shower or tub, and in an enclosed water closet. Keep exhaust points opposite the supply air source to ensure that the fresh air is drawn through the room. Bathroom doors should not be sealed too tightly at the bottom in order to allow "makeup air" to enter the room when the door is closed.

    Where is the exhaust outlet on the ventilation fan?
    The exhaust outlet is the point where air is discharged through the body of the fan housing into the ductwork. During installation, orient your fan with the exhaust outlet pointing toward the exit vent on your roof or wall to minimize turns in ductwork that impede airflow.

    Why do the windows and mirrors fog even when the fan is running?
    If windows and mirrors are very cold, condensation can still form on these surfaces. And if your bathroom is sealed tightly, replacement air may not be entering the room fast enough to displace the moist air. Be sure to undercut your door sufficiently to draw fresh air into the room. Fan placement can also be a factor. Your fan should be located far from the replacement air source to ensure the moist air is drawn out first. Finally, too many twists and turns in the ducting will significantly reduce the ability of the blower to remove moist air. Make sure your ductwork is as short and straight as it can be, with gradual turns rather than tight corners where necessary.

    Why is water dripping from the grille of the fan?

    Dripping water is either condensation (usually due to cold ductwork or improper duct installation), or a problem with the seal on a wall or roof vent. Insulated ductwork can help solve condensation problems, and running the fan longer will ensure moisture is completely removed from the duct. Ductwork should slope down toward a wall vent to direct condensation out of the exterior vent opening rather than back into the fan housing.

    Can I install a heater over the bathtub or in a shower?

    No. Heaters are not UL Listed (Underwriters Laboratories) for installation over a bathtub or in a shower.

    Can I use an inline or multi-port fan in one large bathroom?
    Yes, this works the best for large rooms because you can install the ports over the areas where the ventilation is needed the most (source control). The size of the multi-port would be determined by the size of the room.

    Does a duct-free bath fan expel air?
    No. A duct-free fan is not a ventilating device. It does not remove air from the room.

    Can I use a smaller diameter duct than what the fan is designed for?
    This is not recommended. It will cause the fan to run harder, greatly reducing the CFM performance of the fan and create excess noise.

    Can larger diameter ducting be used with my bath fan?
    Yes, larger diameters will result in improved performance.

    What type of duct is recommended, rigid or flexible?
    It is recommended, where possible, to use rigid duct. It has less resistance to air flow and allows the fan to operate much more efficiently. If flexible duct is used, be sure the duct is as straight as possible.

    Can I exhaust my fan into my attic instead of out the roof or wall?
    Never exhaust air into spaces within walls, ceilings, attics, crawl spaces or garages. The humidity may damage the structure and insulation.

    What type of exhaust fan is best for a sauna or hot tub area?
    High CFM-rated devices are normally recommended for this type of application.

    Can I use a fan in a steam shower?

    No. Since these are normally sealed chambers, a vacuum will be created.

    Can I vent more than one bath fan out of a roof or wall cap?
    No. Always follow the manufacturer's recommended ventilation requirements.

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Heaters

    How do I determine the appropriate size heater for my room?
    For most climates, providing 10 watts of heat for every square foot of room area will supply adequate supplemental heat. If the heater is to be the sole source of heat for the room or if the room is poorly insulated, 15 watts per square foot may be needed.

    Do fan forced heaters perform better than infrared heaters?
    This is a matter of personal preference. Infrared heaters will give you an instantaneous sensation of heat on your skin as long as you stay in range of the bulbs or element. Fan forced heaters raise the temperature of the air in the room so it will take longer to feel the heat. You are restricted to the line of sight that radiant heat requires. If you intend to use this as an emergency backup for freeze protection, definitely use a fan forced unit.

    Can I use a wall mounted thermostat with my BROAN-NuTone heater?
    Yes. Some heaters have built in thermostats, but they can be removed or inactivated. Optional, wall-mounted or remote thermostats can be located so that they are more convenient to adjust than the built in thermostat. Located across the room from the heater, they can also insure that the heater runs long enough to heat the whole room. This is especially true in an odd or irregularly shaped room where air does not flow readily from one section to another.  Consult the heater’s Installation Guide for additional thermostat instructions.  If you are unfamiliar with the methods of installing electrical wiring, secure the services of a qualified electrician.

    Can I put two or more heaters on one thermostat?
    While possible, this must be done carefully. Check the amp and volt ratings of the thermostat to verify that it can handle the load of all heaters running at the same time. You may also get uneven heating if the areas covered by each heater are different sizes, or in an irregularly shaped room where air does not flow readily from one section to another.  Consult the heater’s Installation Guide for additional thermostat instructions.  If you are unfamiliar with the methods of installing electrical wiring, secure the services of a qualified electrician.

    Which is the best heater to use in my shower?
    None of our heaters are can be used in a shower and none are UL listed for use in a shower.

    Can I paint my grille a different color?
    BROAN-NuTone does not recommend this or guarantee the acceptability of the results. If you choose to paint it, we suggest you contact an experienced paint professional for advice, as the grille is exposed to temperatures higher than normal room temperatures.

    Can BROAN-NuTone heaters be used to heat my whole home or cabin?
    BROAN heaters are designed to provide supplemental heat for rooms you want warmer than the rest of the home or for rooms not adequately served by home's main heating system. They are not recommended for whole house heating.

    Are BROAN-NuTone heaters safe to use when I am not home?
    All BROAN-NuTone heaters are provided with over heat protectors, which will shut the heater down if the internal temperature rises above preset limits.

    My heater only runs for a short time and then shuts down. What is wrong?
    Either the thermostat is indicating the room is already at the desired temperature or the unit is overheating and the thermal protector has shut it down. If this is a new installation check the mounting. If the housing is set too far back into the wall, the warm air may just circulate behind the grille instead of being discharged into the room. The same thing can occur if the unit is installed into a corner where most of the heat is directed right back into the heater. If this is an older installation and the problem has just developed, turn off the power and attempt to clean the unit with a vacuum cleaner. Visually inspect the unit for any restriction of airflow and any damage to the heating element, motor or thermostat.

    What is the difference between the model 154 and model 157?
    The heating elements are different in these heaters.  Model 154 is primarily a fan-forced heater with an exposed, chrome alloy wire element, while Model 157 is more of a radiant heater, with an enclosed, sheathed heating element and fan.

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Range Hoods

    What's the best way to clean the surface of my hood?

    Stainless steel hoods should be washed regularly with a clean cloth, warm water and mild soap or dish detergent. Clean in the direction of the polish lines. Rinse well with clear water and wipe dry immediately. You may wish to apply light oil used for furniture polishing to emphasize its bright finish.

    Wiping regularly with mild soap/detergent and warm water should protect painted hood surfaces. Be cautious about using "New and Improved" cleaning agents. Your hood is installed over hot cooking equipment. Most chemicals found in cleaning agents react with heat to loosen paint.

    How often should I clean my filters?

    The aluminum mesh grease filters should be washed in your dishwasher approximately every month depending on the amount of usage. Clean all-metal filters in the dishwasher using a non-phosphate detergent. Discoloration of the filter may occur if using phosphate detergents, or as a result of local water conditions — but this will not affect filter performance. This discoloration is not covered by the warranty. Wash often if your cooking style generates greater grease like frying foods or wok cooking. You cannot clean the non-ducted carbon filters; they must be replaced.

    Baffle filters, which are used in professional style range hood products, are designed to operate longer in high grease conditions without loss of performance. Generally, these need to be cleaned with soap and water whenever the surfaces become unsightly.

    How often should the non-ducted range hood filters be replaced?
    It depends on the frequency and type of cooking that is performed. Normally, every three (3) to six (6) months is recommended for replacing the charcoal filters. Some charcoal filters are designed with an indicator mechanism that will change color as a signal to replace the filter.

    Can I replace an Over the Range Microwave with a Range Hood?
    Yes. Whether your current OTR is non-ducted or ducted, we offer a complete line of range hoods to effectively ventilate your cooking area.

    Which is better, ducted or non-ducted ?
    Range hoods should be ducted to the outside of the home. While non-ducted filters trap some of the grease and odors from normal cooking, the humidity, smoke and heat will all be re-circulated back into the home. If the non-ducted filters are not regularly replaced, eventually the grease and odor catching effect will no longer protect your home from impurities.

    High BTU gas cooking equipment should always be ducted to the outside of the home. If this is impossible, high performance convertible hoods and filters are available in some models. Contact the Technical Support Group.

    What type of duct is best for venting a range hood?
    Range hoods must be vented using metal duct. Given a choice between flexible metal duct and smooth metal duct, go with the smooth. The ridges found in flexible metal duct create turbulence and will diminish airflow.

    • NEVER use 4" dryer duct or any plastic duct on a range hood installation. The minimum size duct allowed on most range hoods is 3 ¼" by 10" which is equivalent to 6" round. More powerful hoods require even larger duct sizes up to 10" round. Consult the specifications for the model you have chosen.
    • When remodeling, changing hoods or cooking equipment types do not reduce the ductwork size to less than the size specified for the range hood. Decreasing the duct size restricts the performance of the range hood ventilator.

    What do the CFM and Sone ratings mean?

    CFM stands for Cubic Feet per Minute of exhausting air flow. The higher the number, the greater the amount of air that is exhausted using the Range Hood.

    A Sone is an internationally recognized unit of loudness. Sones are a linear measure like inches. Doubling the Sone value is equivalent to doubling the loudness. To get a sense of what one Sone represents, one Sone is equivalent to the sound of a quiet refrigerator in a quiet kitchen. Typically, the Sone level is measured at maximum CFM (speed), however, some newer products are also being tested at normal CFM (speed) settings to provide consumers with typical sound level information.

    All BROAN-NuTone CFM and Sone ratings are HVI certified so you can rely on them!

    How much CFM do I need for my Range or Cook Top?
    For conventional electric and gas ranges or cook tops, we offer a complete line of hoods that can fit your cooking needs with features you desire. For high output gas ranges or cook tops, the minimum rate of 1 CFM of ventilation per 100 BTU is recommended.


    What is the CFM and Sone rating on a non-ducted range hood?
    There is no national standard for the measurement of CFM or Sones on a non-ducted hood because the air is not exhausted, it is re-circulated.

    How are range hoods ducted?
    There are several ducting methods, depending on the model. The 3 ¼" X 10" duct may vent from the top vertically or horizontally through the rear of the product. The 7" round duct vents through the top of the range hood. Some hoods are single use ducted and some are convertible, meaning that the hood is designed to be installed using more than one duct method or direction.

    What does the term Convertible mean?
    The term convertible refers to a hood that can be installed in different ducting modes. Typically a convertible hood can accommodate: 7" round ducted, 3 ¼" X 10" vertical or horizontal ducted and non-ducted applications available at installation.

    A convertible hood has both ducted and non-duct features built-in or the appropriate parts are provided in the box at the time of purchase. Therefore you have the option to install it without the additional purchase of special parts or kits. However, the charcoal filters needed for a non-duct hood may need to be purchased separately.

    What does non-duct capable mean?
    A range hood that is designed to be ducted and can also be installed as non-duct with the purchase of a parts kit and charcoal filters is non-duct capable. When a hood is installed as non-duct it re-circulates the air in through the filters and out through vents near the front or top of the hood in a continuous circulating fashion. 

    How far can I run my ductwork to exhaust my hood?
    For maximum performance keep the duct straight and short. Use the shortest route with the fewest turns possible. 45° turns are better than 90° turns. Be sure to use an external roof or wall cap. If in doubt, consult a qualified designer/installer knowledgeable in ventilation or contact the Technical Support Group.

    Can I exhaust my hood into my attic instead of out the roof or wall?

    No. You should never exhaust air into spaces within walls, ceilings, attics, crawl spaces or garages. The humidity and grease collect in the space.

    Can I install an external vent fan or in-line fan to boost the performance of my hood ventilation equipment?
    Do not install in-line or external fans to boost a hood that has its own power unit. In general, attempting that type of "boost" will not be effective. Also, most cooking ventilation products are designed with fan switches matched to the original motor amp ratings and would not support the increased amp draw from additional motor installations. This type of tampering voids the original manufacturer's warranty. If you want a remote/extended fan, there are hood products made for that type of installation.

    How high should I mount my hood above my stove?
    In order to maximize performance, BROAN-NuTone recommends a distance of 24"-30" between the cook top and the bottom of the hood. Some models may vary, so please check the Instruction Guide of your unit to verify the actual recommendation.

    Is a cabinet above the hood required to mount the product?

    Some hood models are designed for mounting to the wall and do not require cabinet for mounting. Hoods designed for under cabinet applications need a cabinet or soffit above it, or a Model 35 wall mount kit.

    My ceiling height is much taller than most kitchens and I want my stove on an island. What do I do about ventilation?

    • BROAN-NuTone has LoSone Select ventilators available that are approved for kitchen applications.
    • Drop-in cooking equipment can be vented with one of BROAN-NuTone's Downdraft systems.
    • Custom chimney extensions are available for Island hoods for up to 10' ceilings.
    • Contact Technical Support Group if your ceiling is higher than 10'. Contact your local Retailer/Distributor or call the Technical Support Group

    Can I remove the hood controls and mount them remote from the hood?
    Altering the product voids manufacturer's warranty. Check for models that already offer remote switch options.

    If I have a custom hood built for my kitchen, does BROAN-NuTone provide protective liners for their custom hood products?
    Broan-NuTone has several power pack options for custom-built kitchen hoods. You will find them under range hoods/power packs. Each series offers readymade liners that can be used in conjunction with the power pack. If our liners do not work for your custom hood application, a custom liner would be appropriate to work with the power pack you select.

    BROAN-NuTone does sell a complete custom kit that includes an integrated liner in specific sizes and 30"-42" widths. See Model 103023.

    Does BROAN-NuTone build custom design hoods?
    While we do not build custom hoods, BROAN provides a number of blower inserts designed to accommodate the ventilation needs of most cooking equipment. See our Specialty Hood Section.

    Does a cord come with a hood?

    We provide electrical connections for hard-wiring the product through a wall. Cord kits are available as UL Listed accessories for the hood. (Check your local building codes for acceptability.) Do not use any other cord kit.

    Can I use a downdraft with a slide-in stove?
    There is no way to use downdrafts with stoves or built-in ovens. The units must only be installed with drop-in cooking equipment.

    What power units are available for custom range hoods?
    Currently, there are several choices of power modules offered by Broan-NuTone. The RMP1, RMPE, RMIP, PM250, PM390, 103023, and – with an ENERGY STAR Rating, the PME300. Depending on the model, CFMs range from 250 to 460 with internal blowers and higher when using exterior blowers. Each power module insert has unique features and a design to work with your choice of custom hood enclosure or cabinetry.

    Is the hood width the actual measure that is advertised?
    No. They are between 1/8" & 1/4" smaller than listed so that they fit properly into an opening of that nominal size.

    I need a range hood for an ADA solution. How do I wire a range hood for use with a wall switch?
    When you select a hood you are interested in, you can click on ‘Additional Information’ and will be directed to a list of all the ADA range hoods Broan offers, as well as an instruction sheet that explains how to wire a wall switch for hood operation.
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Trash Compactors

    What can I put in my compactor?
    The compactor is intended for general trash (paper, cans, and glass). It is recommended if disposing of unwrapped messy food waste or glass bottles or jars to place a couple of folded sheets of newspaper or a large paper grocery bag on top of the load before compacting. This will help keep the power ram clean. Never compact volatile material

    How much trash can I put in the compactor?

    You can add trash until the compartment is full and the compactor will not compact the trash any further. The compact cycle time will be shortened as the compartment fills up. During full cycle the ram travels 2/3 of the way down into the trash bucket. Because of this, you will not notice any compression of the trash until the bucket is ½ full

    Is there an odor control system?
    BROAN Elite and Elite XE compactors use our exclusive 6 month odor control and neutralizing system

    What color options are available?
    The BROAN Elite and Elite XE series compactors are available with door finishes in white, black, and flat or arched stainless steel finishes

    What size wood door are the models 15WT and 15XEWT designed for?

    The wood door pan is designed to accommodate a ¾" thick wood panel that is 14-7/8" wide by 29-1/4" tall. It is recommended that you verify the height of the door pan prior to cutting the wood panel to size.

    Are the compactor doors reversible?
    Yes. Both the BROAN Elite and Elite XE are shipped with right hand hinges but the doors and hinges can be easily reversed with no additional parts needed.

    What size under-counter opening does the compactor require?
    The compactor requires a minimum under-counter opening of 15" wide, 34-1/2" high, and 22" deep.

    Can the compactor be used free-standing?

    Yes. As shipped, the compactor is configured for built-in installations but can be easily converted to free-standing with the use of the Toe Kick Accessory Kit Model 15TCTK(sold separately).

    What are the electrical requirements for the compactors?
    The units come with a 3-prong (grounded) plug for 120v service. A dedicated 15 amp circuit is recommended.

    Is the compactor bucket or ram removable for cleaning purposes?
    Yes, both are easily removable and instructions are detailed in the owner's manual.

    What are the differences between the BROAN Elite and Elite XE trash compactors?
    Basically the BROAN Elite series is a non-automated version of the BROAN Elite XE. It does include the same odor control protection, but instead of an automatic advance at the end of each month, the disc is advanced manually via a window in the odor control housing. Green labels with month indicators appear in the window. When the disc is rotated to the 6th and final month, a red label appears in the window alerting that a new disc is needed. Also, like the BROAN Elite XE, the BROAN Elite includes the option of holding the compacted trash for an extended period of time to ensure complete compaction. While the XE version is automatic, in the BROAN Elite models this operation is manual; push hold and unit compacts until the button is pushed again to release. The compaction plate features the same dimpled surface to crush bottles and cans but does not include the Microban anti-microbial protection.

    Do I have to use BROAN-NuTone trash bags or will any trash bag work?
    The BROAN-NuTone trash compactor bag is designed for our compactor and should be used only. Replacement bags can be ordered by visiting our website or calling BROAN-NuTone Customer Service Department at 1-800-558-1711. For the older 12" series BROAN compactors use part number S93620008. For the BROAN Elite and Elite XE 15" series compactors use part number S15TCBL.

    Do I have to use BROAN-NuTone branded odor control discs?
    The BROAN-NuTone trash compactor odor control disc is designed for our compactor and should be used only. Replacement discs can be ordered by visiting our website or calling BROAN-NuTone Customer Service Department at 1-800-558-1711. Use part number S15TCOD.

    How long is the warranty and what is covered?

    The warranty is for one year from date of purchase and covers parts and service (labor). For any questions or concerns regarding warranty and service please contact our Technical Support Group at 1.800.637.1453