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Bathroom Fan Repair Costs

A fully functioning, quality fan is a necessary amenity in bathrooms everywhere. In addition to what fans provide in comfort, they also add longevity to tile, linoleum and wood by removing steam from the air. However, bathroom fans are like anything else, and they do not last forever. Occasionally, these ventilation fans do break down, and the cost of their repair depends on a few different variables.

National Repair a Bath Fan Costs

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National Repair a Bath Fan Costs
Average reported cost $231
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Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $580
Most homeowners spent between: $168 to $252

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First and foremost, the repair of a bathroom fan could cost nothing at all. As with any ventilation fan, bathroom fans can become clogged over time, greatly restricting the air flow into the vent itself. If the vent cover can be easily removed, vacuuming with an attachable hand tool may fix the problem altogether. Be sure to check for any loose wires as well – this can be a very easy fix that will cost little to nothing. Do not remove the unit before a professional sees it – for a service charge as low as $80, a professional may be able to salvage the existing unit. There may also be additional overlooked problems that a service charge will cover – for instance, more heavily clogged duct work.

Unfortunately, most of the time, this is not the problem. This is where the issue of repairing costs of a bathroom fan can become unclear. There are a few things to consider in this respect in order to make the most informed decision possible, especially the most economical one. First and foremost, consider the age and quality of the bathroom fan. If it is an older fan that is not performing the way it once did – or not working at all – it is probably time to get a new one. 

The time it will take to diagnose the problem with the current fan, obtain the proper parts and subsequently have them installed is simply not worth it. If there is an existing broken fan, there is also existing – and likely fully functioning – wiring, switches, ducts and vents. In this situation, the fix just involves the purchase of a new fan – which can cost as little as $50 to $60, or $150 in the worst case – and having it installed. 

This is a job most do-it-yourselfers should be able to tackle on their own, but in case a professional is needed, this is a job any general contractor should be able to complete in no more than a couple hours. If both parts and labor are included, expect to pay in the range of $300 to $350 for this service, depending heavily on the price of the fan. 

When a bathroom fan needs to be repaired, sometimes, the simplest methods are the most economical – ranging in cost from free to under $100. Other times, unfortunately, the unit will need to be replaced – in which case it can be thought of as a good investment. 

Last updated on May 13, 2016

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