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Old 06-04-2011, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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The ceiling light/exhaust fan in our bathroom is as old as the house, which is 14 years, so it's not too old. Anyway, I have noticed recently that when turning it on, the fan makes a weird clanking noise. Any idea's on what that could be? Think it needs replaced? It doesn't look like something that would be too terribly hard to change out. I hope.
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Old 06-04-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: The Triad
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...a weird clanking noise.
Any idea's on what that could be?
Sure; something inside it isn't doing what it used to do

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Think it needs replaced?
Probably not.

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It doesn't look like something that would be too terribly hard to change out.
It isn't.

Take a look inside? Remove the lens and see if (what) the fan is rubbing against.
If you're handy and it needs it... a new fan assy from HD is often a cheaper source of the parts than the parts store.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:50 AM
 
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it might be rubbing against something. i cleaned all the dust and crap out of mine i noticed that helped to .
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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If it is 14 yo and a standard builder grade unit, it was bought for about $10 and has a lifespan just long enough to prevent people from suing the builder. They pop out pretty easy and aren't worth fooling with.

The clanking sound? Could be a dead mouse, could be Marley's ghost, could be a screw that worked loose.
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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Is there a belt that drives the fan? Might just need the belt replaced.
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Back in COLORADO!!!
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If it is a Broan/Nutone fan, a guy can buy a replacement motor at Home Depot or Lowes for usually less than 20 bucks.....
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg Area, PA
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If your going to replace a bad builder grade fan then do it once with a Panasonic Whisper Vent/Light combo. You can probably pick one up from Ebay for a couple bucks more than what you would pay at a Box store and the Panasonics are TOP NOTCH!!!
I've been installing those on bath remodels here in the Harrisburg area and everyone has been very happy with them plus no call back
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Seconded... Panasonics are great, I've used them in remodels too. Trouble is, they're too quiet for guest half-baths off living areas. Those need a certain amount of white noise to cover up sounds, if you get what I'm saying.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Seconded... Panasonics are great, I've used them in remodels too. Trouble is, they're too quiet for guest half-baths off living areas. Those need a certain amount of white noise to cover up sounds, if you get what I'm saying.

I always thought that the "quiet" pitch was a little misguided... You don't want to feel like your under a jet engine, but I think some conversational volume white noise when the fan is running is ideal
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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I always thought that the "quiet" pitch was a little misguided... You don't want to feel like your under a jet engine, but I think some conversational volume white noise when the fan is running is ideal
Just outside the bathroom door, the sound of that white noise is attenuated by the door. However, the sounds of that massive fart are not. It has to do with the energy levels, frequencies, the way we hear, etc. Fan noise is false security.
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