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Sheanhoxie

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Posted: 01/18/22 11:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a fantastic fan that's 25 yrs old, but is still running like a champ. The plastic cover, and main body though, have seen better days.

There doesnt seem to be any replacement body parts for this old thing, but I might be able to patch the plastic parts that have chipped on the main body, and replace the garnish with a generic one.

Has anyone had luck repairing the old brittle plastic body that screws to the roof? These fans are definitely not cheap, so I'd love to salvage it.

If I should replace it, are these $300+ fans worth the price?

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Posted: 01/18/22 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That motor is smoother and more quiet than the new ones are. I would save it for that reason alone.
If nothing else, at least save the motor!

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Posted: 01/18/22 12:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The new ones are junk, IMO, compared to the old ones. If you can fix it, do so.


BTW, PPL often has parts you can't find anywhere else.


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Posted: 01/18/22 01:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would buy a new one and keep this one for parts. Stay with the basic model that has the manual lift hatch and 3-position switches rather than the ones with sensors, remotes and lift motors.


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Posted: 01/18/22 01:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Practically any old part is worth salvaging and repairing today. Compare it to the worthless junk we can buy now that breaks when you look at it. Yes, salvage it if you can.


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I once bought an older used, but in great shape FF off Craigslist for 50 bucks.
Might be worth checking out, you never know what you'll find.


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Posted: 01/18/22 02:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The new Fantasic fans ain’t what they used to be. Fix it IMO.


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Posted: 01/18/22 02:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The new ones are terrible. I switched to Max air.

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Thanks for the advice, I'll hang on to the motor. Most likely will be replacing the fan & vent though, upon closer inspection the body is pretty warped all around the edges with more cracks around the screw holes than I'd like.

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I removed a new one put in a couple of years ago and replaced it with a Maxx Air. At this point, much better product.


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