Bathroom exhaust fans: Fix or Replace?

Bathroom exhaust fans: fix or replace?

This is one of the worst I’ve seen. And it was actually still running.

It took a little bit to get up to speed. So to speak.

And I’m fairly certain it wasn’t doing much in the way of moving or exhausting air.

What do you think?

The air has to first get through the grill.


To get to this.



There is a motor with a impeller type blower wheel there. Really!



And once the above was removed, this is what we get to.



So now some elbow grease, and several other devices to scrape out dirt and

dust and we’re here.


Next, the blower wheel goes in. Except this time you can see it.

Some bathroom exhaust fans use a squirrel cage type blower wheel.



And finally, after also lubricating the motor, the grill cover goes back on and we’re all done.






If it works, DON’T fix it!

I’m willing to bet that if I’ve done work for you, you may have had me tell you not to fix it if it’s working. That’s one of my big rules. That I, recently broke. And that will be the last time I do that. I had a completely functional, useful operating computer that I decided to upgrade. I was running Windows 7 and decided that ultimately I would need to upgrade to Windows 10. My computer was eligible and at some point Microsoft won’t support Windows 7. The reports I heard were good concerning upgrading. So, I took the plunge. Truthfully, the upgrade went far smoother than I originally anticipated. There were a few minor glitches that were easily corrected.

But I’m still dealing with one issue that is really more annoying than anything. I use a laptop with a docking station and a 2nd monitor. I’ve come to really like having that second monitor to work with two open windows at the same time. So, I’m dealing is it the software, hardware or docking station.

I’m hoping to find out soon and get this resolved.

And the moral of the story is the title of this post.

Light Dimmers

I’m a big fan of light dimmers. They help save energy and add warm light to a room. But, there are many different types and styles. There are also many more types of light bulbs than ever before!

Walk down the light bulb aisle at Home Depot and see for yourself. But, you can’t use ALL dimmers with ALL light bulbs. Some dimmers are only for use with incandescent lights while others can be used for incandescent, Dimmable CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) and Dimmable LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs.

You need to also be aware that not ALL CFL’s or LED’s are dimmable.

So when deciding if you want to be able to dim a light, first buy a bulb that states it is dimmable! Then buy the corresponding dimmer switch ensuring it will dim what ever type of bulb you purchased.

If you’re in doubt, feel free to call or email me.