How to Install a Bathroom Extractor Fan

Install a Bathroom Extractor Fan

A bathroom extractor fan is a great accessory in your washroom because it helps to make your stay in the bathroom both healthy and enjoyable. If your bathroom does not have one, it is about time you thought of having one installed. Installation takes only a couple of hours yet it is going to save you a lifetime of frustration and health risks. The steam that fills up the air when you are taking a hot shower is not good for your health because it exposes you to respiratory complications.On top of that, it also forms a conducive condition for the formation of mould. All that doesn’t sound good at all. Therefore, you need to have an extractor fan installed as soon as possible. If you do not know how this article is precisely what you need to get you through the process. However if you still need to get one, we have reviewed the best on the market here.

What You Will Need?

The process of installing a bathroom extractor fan requires the following tools and equipment:

  • Circuit tester
  • Exhaust fan
  • Drill and bits
  • Wire connectors
  • Drywall knife
  • HVAC Tape

The Installation Process

If you are replacing an old fan with a new one, it is wise to get one that is the same dimensions as the old one. You can do this by going with the old extractor fan to the store and ask the attendant to get you the same one. If, on the other hand, you are installing a new fan from scratch, it is much easier provided you put all the purchasing considerations into account.

The first thing you are going to do is to make a hole in the ceiling or wall where you intend to install the fan. To do so, you need to patch it with a piece of drywall. Remember to ensure that the hole is cut precisely according to the measurements of the fan.

Also, cut a one by two a little longer than the hole’s opening. Next, attach the drywall piece to the one by two using screws then slide it into place and screw it in the hole with drywall. Let it dry after applying a joint compound over the seams. Once it has dried up, use sandpaper to smooth it then finish it up with primer and paint.

Once all that is done, the next thing is to slide the fan’s housing into the hole and this is done by lining up the connector with the slots to ensure that they are balanced. The next thing depends on whether the fan came with an attic or not, if it didn’t come with an attic, you need to frame part of the hole by cutting a 2 by 4 to fit between the ceiling joists. Drive the screws through the mounting holes into the joists while keeping the housing level and square with the joists. After you have done that, the next thing is to attach the ducts to the connector using the HVAC tape. Once all that is done, you will be remaining with the wiring job. If you are not skilled in wiring, it is advisable to consult with an electrician to avoid any sort of accidents.

The final step once you have done all the mountings and wiring is to test the fan. If it is working fine, you can replace the cover and turn on the power. Some covers require you to secure them with screws while others do not. You can now enjoy the services of your extraction fan. To get the most out of your fan, ensure that you clean it on a regular basis. 

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.