How To Install A Bathroom Fan
If you have a bathroom without ventilation, you may want to find out how to install a bathroom fan. Installing a bathroom fan can reduce the chance of mold and mildew growth by expelling the dampness and moisture from the bathroom. Bathroom fans are available with and without lights. Follow these simple instructions to install a bathroom fan.
To install a bathroom fan, you will need:
- Exhaust fan kit
- Cordless drill
- Drill bits
- Screw drives
- Reciprocating saw
- Wire nuts
- Wire cutters
- Wire strippers
- Prepare the area. Turn off the electricity. If you are replacing an existing fan remove the old fan from the area. If you are installing a new fan tape the template to the installation area. Step back and make sure this is the area you want the bathroom fan before making a cut. If you are satisfied with the placement use the reciprocating saw to cut out the area indicated on the template.
- Installing the bathroom fan. Once the area is prepared find the electric wires you need to tap into. Generally you are looking for the wire that is used for the main bathroom light. That way the bathroom fan will turn on and off with the switch. Use the directions that came with the bathroom fan to complete the wiring.
- Installing the bathroom fan exhaust duct. Following the manufacturer specification run the bathroom fan exhaust duct up into the attic area. Most exhaust fans recommend running the duct from the exhaust fan to the outside soffit of the house.
- Completing the fan. Once the bathroom fan electrical work is complete and the duct is run finish any other work specified by the directions. Put light bulbs in the light if you purchased a lighted fan. Attach any other necessary trim work included in the kit.