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Posted: 04/08/12 07:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the tip about the Vortex fan, I had not heard of them.

The price is right too.

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Any ideas on how to easily break the weld on the original fan motor?


I converted a bath exhaust fan to 12V range hood a while ago - I was able to just drill out the spot welds and replace with pop rivets and backing washers. Once painted to match, it looks like it's meant to be there. It was no more difficult than changing the blades and took about 10 minutes.


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I have the fantastic fan in the bedroom and the MaxxAir fan in the living area, both are great units.
Pros of the MaxxAir you can open the lid during a rain put the direction on out and not have to worry about rain getting inside.
Pros of the fantastic you can run the fan with the lid shut to circulate air when the A/C is on or if you want a little noise while you sleep


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Pros of the fantastic you can run the fan with the lid shut to circulate air when the A/C is on or if you want a little noise while you sleep


is that true for ALL current fantastics or just limited specialized ones?
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I replaced the little whir and buzz in the bathroom with a maxxaire type just left old motor in place after removing blade. the maxxaire just bolts over existing lid,screen etc. with control mounted in corner of frame.
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One last thing. My old bathroom vent/fan was a standard 14 inch crank-out vent with a 12V fan mounted off center (I wish I took a pic of it prior to ripping it out). I found that if you leave the vent open (with the fan off) for long periods (day and night) in the summer, that sun/heat/humidity do a number in short order on the brushes in that little motor. After a while the motor will start squealing - until it warms up. If I wanted to run the fan then I would heat it with a hair dryer on high - for about 30 seconds - before I turned the fan on.

The little 12V motor is inexpensive and is easy to replace, but after realizing that I'd be replacing it regularly I decided to replace the entire vent/fan with a nice one that has an excellent warranty.


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I like the idea of the Vorterx Retrofit fan. Seems pretty easy to replace the old one. Also nice to havve pictures of someone else replacing it. My bathroom fan, like others have written, is very noisy. I do have one question though. Do you need to take out the old fan bracket? The one the old fan is mounted to? I also like it idea of putting on a switch to make the new fan have varriable speed. What would I look for to do that?


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Jack&Kay wrote:

I like the idea of the Vorterx Retrofit fan. Seems pretty easy to replace the old one. Also nice to havve pictures of someone else replacing it. My bathroom fan, like others have written, is very noisy. I do have one question though. Do you need to take out the old fan bracket? The one the old fan is mounted to? I also like it idea of putting on a switch to make the new fan have varriable speed. What would I look for to do that?


check out the maxxaire one that just goes over the old lid/framework after removing the old fan blade. variable speed control mounts on corner of framework.
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I am pretty sure all if the fantastic fans work open or shut, it would be best to check with the dealer before you buy though in case they change the design. I just had a friend tell me his MaxxAir fan works open or shut so I guess I have an older model cause mine only runs with the kid open it has been a few years since my install.

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S2BeGreen wrote:

I am pretty sure all if the fantastic fans work open or shut, it would be best to check with the dealer before you buy though in case they change the design. I just had a friend tell me his MaxxAir fan works open or shut so I guess I have an older model cause mine only runs with the kid open it has been a few years since my install.


I would suggest never checking with the dealer on anything. check with the installation/operations manual for that exact model.
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