Installing a bathroom exhaust fan.
A bathroom is a location full of wetness and humidity. If this wetness is allowed to sit in the air for too long without being vented it can cause damage to the structure of your home, as moisture might allow the development of mold and mildew in windowsills and throughout drywall. For this factor, every bathroom needs to have an exhaust fan to suck wetness out of the air and blow it outside the house. At Spark Smith Electric Inc., we motivate everybody to take care when setting up an exhaust fan and to call a qualified electrical contractor if needed to ensure that the job is done securely.
How to Install a Bathroom Fan
In order to add an exhaust fan in your bathroom, you will be needed to set up a vent that links from the exhaust fan (in the roofing of your bathroom) to the outside of the home.
If you are not experienced with this kind of work, have an expert come to help you out, as the roofing system and structure of the home might be harmed if not done correctly. Once the vent is set up and a hole of the right size is cut in the restroom ceiling, the steps to set up an exhaust fan in your restroom include:
1. Switch off the Circuit
Prior to starting any electrical work, make sure that the power to the circuit is turned off at the breaker box to prevent electrocution.
2. Run Wires from the Light Switch
You will more than likely be installing the bathroom fan on the exact same circuit as your existing lights. If you are changing a light fixture with a restroom fan, this action can be avoided. Run the suitable wires from your light switch to the hole in the ceiling.
If you are setting up a fan with a built-in light, you will require to run a three-wire cable. The light switch might also need to be replaced in order to accommodate the fan’s circuit, unless you want the fan to constantly be running when the bathroom lights are on.
3. Connect the Wires
The restroom fan should include manufacturer instructions on how the wires need to be connected. You will require to strip the brand-new wire that was gone to the fixture in order to connect it to the fan.
4. Mount the Fan
Using the fan’s installing brackets, secure the component to the beams in the ceiling. This is often easiest to do from the attic, however many fans featured clips to secure them to a bracket in order to make them much easier to set up and change.
Potential Electrical Hazards
While this may seem an easy task that the majority of homeowners might finish themselves, an individual might trigger more damage to their restroom if the electrical wiring is not done properly.
Managing electrical wiring is not something that everybody is comfortable with and, if the circuitry is done improperly, it can cause an electrical fire. Additionally, with the quantity of moisture in the air, exposed wires might result in shock or a brief circuit. Make sure you call a licensed electrical expert to assist you with this task if you are uncertain about how to execute it.
If you have a restroom in your home that does not have an exhaust fan, contact Spark Smith Electric Inc to install it. Reach out to us at (510) 972-4034 to discover any of our residential electrical services.