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Home Repair Replacement Attic Fan??

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by L0stS0ul, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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    The original attic fan van metre put in lasted a good 14 years or so. Last year I replaced it with this one from Amazon

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000LNII4Q

    Do not recommend buying that one. Died in less than a year of use and now I am in need of another motor/thermostat.

    What makes it more difficult is vm installed the shroud from the exterior so you can't just unscrew the old one internally and put a new one up. With the one above I had to disassemble it and install the motor/fan/thermostat in the existing shroud.

    Has anyone found a good replacement? The ones at Lowe's/hd don't have great reviews either. I'm perfectly fine doing the work myself I just need to find a quality replacement so I'm not doing this again next year.
     
  2. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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  3. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    That’s weird it died less than one yr- I replaced mine and 10 yrs still going (knock on wood)-
     
  4. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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    Our last one was good for 13 or 14 years. I don't think they make them like they used to. In the end if I get a year or two from it then I can replace it easy enough for $75. Hoping this one last longer than that though.

    Bought the whole thing to get the thermostat as well. Only 15 more than the motor by itself and I also get a spare fan.
     
  5. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    Who installs attic fan motor replacements? My attic fan motor burned out after so long---its been roughly 12 years. Now an A/C company said they charge $800 to replace it!!!! Holy cow. That's kind of pricey.....anyone replace theirs and who did it for less than that?
     
  6. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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    I've learned how to do it myself but I have not been able to find a quality motor replacement as they have been lasting a bit over a year before the bearings start going. Makes a horrible noise before they die. I've been buying a slightly more powerful fan the last 2 years for $80 including new blade, motor, and thermostat. The motors are 50-60 alone so the extra 20 bucks for the fan and thermostat is a good deal. It takes me less than 30 minutes to take the old one out and put the new one in including the thermostat.

    The motor by itself will run you $50-$60 bucks at walmart or amazon. Just 2 wires and you are done if the thermostat is still good. $800 for a company to come out and do it around here sounds expensive but is probably a good deal unfortunately. I've been gouged by several of the heating and ac companies in the last 10 years I don't even know who to call these days. Modern Mechanical wanted $300 bucks just to replace a $13 capacitor that wasn't dead yet and I believe that was with a discount. $800 to go up into the attic replacing what they probably mark up to $200 for the motor seems reasonable by comparison lol. Good luck

    I would ask about the warranty they give though. The quality of the motors being used these days are really horrible and getting a year or two out of it before it dies is unfortunately common. They sure don't make them like they used to where the lasted 10+. If you can get a 4 or 5 year warranty out of them it may be worth it to you. All told I've replaced the motor 3 times in the last 5 years for a total of $255 bucks and about an hour and a half of my time total.
     
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