Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 12
Rated 4 out of 5
by OutdoorCook It's really meant for a new install...
As mentioned elsewhere, this model is best suited for a new installation before the drywall is in.
I bought it because it is quiet and the existing cutout was pretty large.
When I opened the box, I realized the enclosure has 2 flanges on one side to screw into the joist along that side. They are each about 1.25" wide. Therefore the cutout would have to be a lot larger than the box itself. In addition the vent exit is pretty bulky, especially if you use the included 6" to 4" reducer. The only way to orient this is with the vent exit in the direction of the joists. Thankfully I could do this. To make it easier I also put the electrical wiring through the top, rather than the side of the unit.
I had to bend the flanges flush to get this thing into the cutout. There are some small reinforcement bumps at the base of the flanges to cut in order to bend the flanges. If you cut the flanges off then there isn't much holding the one side of the box together.
I used a suspension cord to help suspend the unit while I was wiring it up, as my ladder isn't tall enough to serve as a table for the unit.
Since I didn't want to add any wiring for the nightlight feature, I simply didn't wire the nightlight in. You need another switch and wiring for that.
Once I had it wired, I turned the breaker back on and tested it before installing the box in the ceiling. Thankfully it worked perfectly so I could install it. It needs securing on 2 sides if you don't use the flanges to get it to hang right, so be sure there's a second support or it will sag. I used aluminum tape to secure the 6" exit to the duct connector. Just before inserting the unit I taped the reducer to the connector, since it doesn't lock on.
I had to do some tidying up of my ceiling since you can see the gaps between the unit and the drywall through the grate slits, and I also had to do a bit of spackling to repair my ceiling from the removal of the old unit, adding to the time. All in all it took me more than 2.5 hours to wrangle this in.
I'm torn about recommending this: it works great, it's a lot quieter than my old, loud, non-functional Fasco units. The included type GU24 base CFLs are a bit bright for my powder room, and they're odd bases. I'll have to see what I can do about them to tone it down a bit. On the other hand, as a replacement unit it's hard to recommend this. Overall, yes I recommend, but you might have to improvise to replace your old unit.
I wish it were designed for that as well as new install, and they had some creative engineers to make the task less of a chore.
January 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnNJ Excellent performance
I was initially put off by the price but after installation it was worth it. It moves much more air than previous two units used over 20 years. For the first time a fog free mirror!
May 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by AnthonyD Very good Fan
This unit would be best installed during new construction or a bathroom remodel. The hole had to be cut slightly oversize to get the the unit in place. Removable/adjustable ceiling flanges would have made the install much easier.
The fan was very quiet until I connected the 4" flexible duct. It would probably be much quieter with 6" solid ducting and 45 degree bends, but my attic configuration prohibited me from using this type of configuration.
I would have liked to see it accept LED bulbs instead of CFL. They last longer and use less electricity.
April 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by DocT Meant for new construction
Bought this to replace builder's garbage. I had to remove a large portion of the ceiling so this almost turned into a bathroom remodel. THIS SHOULD BE INSTALLED IN NEW CONSTRUCTION ONLY. Also, in order to use all the features of the fan significant rewiring would have been necessary. There is a limit to what I will do for a bathroom fan.
March 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PapaPanny Perfect
Perfect - keeps bathroom steam to a minimum and quiet . best balance of technology and efficiency
March 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by vick removes humidity, but is too loud
I was advised that this was a very quiet unit and paid a lot of money for this feature. I even changed the vent from a 4" to a 6" because I was told it would make it quieter, as quiet as the store sample. It did not make it quieter or even come close to the store sample, but the one good thing is that it has been removing the humidity created by the shower.
March 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TerryG Quiet, bright light
This fan wasn't easy to install since it was slightly bigger than my last fan. When installed by attaching to a joist from the side where the mounting holes are, the fan isn't supported as well as I would have liked. It may be better to buy the optional braces to support itself from 2 joists. Overall, it is much quieter than my last fan and is very bright. The bulbs seem to be a unique size, so when they are ready for replacement, hopefully they won't be difficult to locate. The night light is a nice feature.
March 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dosan12 It is a good product, however I feel the price is high.
The product has been solid for about a year now, it performs as expected. The only issue I find with the exhaust fan is that the noise level is not quite as low as I had hoped. The other thing is the price, but if the product has an lasts for a good 10 years, then maybe it will be worth it after all.
March 10, 2014