How to Install a Shower Extractor Fan

 


Keep Moisture In Your Bathroom to a Minimum

Moisture from bathing and showering can be trapped inside your bathroom no matter where you live. If the moisture is not dried completely and properly, it will create unpleased smells and mildew which can make the cleaning of your bathroom’s tile difficult. You can prevent this problem by installing a shower extractor fan in your bathroom. The extractor fan will help to ventilate the moisture out from your bathroom and keep the air dry and clean. Here’s how you can do it.

Things that you need:

  • Extractor fan kit
  • Pipe
  • Cable detector
  • Duct kit
  • Steel bar hanger
  • Rubber hosing

Steps:

  1. A centrifugal extractor fan is one that you can attach to the ceiling and most people choose to work with this. You can also choose between automatic or self-regulating fans. However, review the voltage of the fan you choose to make sure that it is not too low or too high.
  2. Consider about the rate of airflow when choosing the fan size. Generally, you need a fan that can handle 6 to 8 changes in air flow an hour.
  3. Next, use a pipe and cable detector to scan the wall before beginning the installation. You need to make sure that no water pipes lie underneath the wall if you are installing the fan in a wall instead of a window. If you are renting your home, you do not want to cause any damage that might be costly to repair. Make sure to check the wall behind a bathroom too for cables.
  4. Then, when you are ready to begin, turn off the power source of your house on your fuse box. Start by wiring your fan correctly. The easiest step is that you might be able to connect to your wall light switch. You just have to find the most accessible and logical spot.
  5. Use the space where the overhead light is installed if necessary. But if you don’t have the space, make your own opening. Measure the fan and make sure that you have a little wiggle room to make the opening. Use your duct kit to help you with this. Start small and make the hole bigger if needed as it will become hard to deal with a hole that is too large.
  6. To lace the box that your fan will sit on, use the steel bar hanger and connect it to exposed joists. Attach the rubber hosing to it after the mounting bracket is secured.
  7. Finally, attach the vent to the nearest soffit available. Your extractor kit’s instructions will tell how to connect the hose to the vent is on the exterior of the soffit.
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