How To Install A Bathroom Fan Video And Tips
How To Install a Bathroom Fan Video and Tips – To keep mold and mildew out of your bathroom can be a life time battle. Every time you run hot water, the steam is out and penetrates every crevice, soon cools down and turns to water. When this happens in a protected area that doesn’t dry efficiently, a prime breeding ground for a multitude of mold spores has been established. The key to preventing mold and mildew is to get the moist air out of the bathroom before it has a chance to condense. An exhaust fan is the best way to do this.
A small exhaust fan, typically mounted in the ceiling, pulls the moist air right out of the bathroom and sends it up an exhaust pipe.
Once you have selected the product you want to install, make sure that you have all of the necessary tools as follow.
* Screwdrivers: Both a Phillips and flat-head will be needed for the mounting brackets within the electrical box and the housing on the fan.
* Jab Saw: This will be used to cut the access hole in your ceiling.
* Wire stripper: You will use this to prepare the wires in your ceiling. You’ll have to strip 1/2″ to 5/8″ from each wire so that it can be attached to the wire that comes pre-installed into the motor of your new unit.
* Wire Nuts: They will probably come with your new unit, but it’s a good idea to have a few extra lying around. The yellow ones should be the appropriate size for this project.
* Exhaust Duct Kit: If you don’t already have a fan system in place, you will need to install a vent to relocate the air that you are sucking out of your bathroom. You can buy a kit that comes with all of the necessary pieces to do this.
* Electrical Tester: You will use this to make sure that you have continuity and that your wiring is correct.
How To Install a Bathroom Fan Tips
After preparing the tools, there four step to take as follow.
Wiring the fan. Unfortunately, the wiring in every house is a little bit different. If your bathroom light is already wired into a wall switch, then that is the best place for you to wire your fan. Since every situation is going to be unique, you should buy a book on electrical work. It will sketch out the many different options and types of switches and how each one should be wired.
Opening the ceiling. Ideally, your new exhaust fan will be mounted right over the hole in your ceiling where the light is. In the rare instance that you don’t have an overhead light in your bathroom, you will need to create an opening. Use the duct kit that you purchased to determine how big the hole should be. The plasterboard ceiling can be cut with the jab saw. The cut doesn’t have to perfect since the outside housing of the fan will cover any mistakes, but you still want to be fairly accurate so that you don’t lose any insulation value around the outside of the duct pipe.
Installing the duct kit. You will need to mount the box that your fan will hang on right above the hole. This box can be attached directly to the joist or, if the hole is too far from the joist, you can use the special hanger that comes with the kit. This hanger consists of a steel bar that lays across the joists and allows the box to slide back and forth, so that you can locate it directly over the hole. Attach the length of duct hose onto the mounting bracket.
Venting to the outside. Once the hose is run up into the attic, you will need to find your way to the closest roof soffit. Cut a hole into the soffit according to the instructions that came with your kit, and attach the hose to the vent that mounts on the outside of the soffit. This vent should also be included in your kit. Since the soffit faces down, you don’t have to worry about rain, snow or other debris getting into the exhaust pipe, and the moist air from your bathroom will be safely pumped outside.
By taking the time and investing the money required to install this fan, you will actually be saving your time and money in the long run. The damage that can be caused by mold and mildew, when they are allowed to go unchecked, can be quite costly and messy to repair.