By Gene and Katie Hamilton
If your bathroom fan is noisy and does a poor job of removing hot air, consider replacing the motor instead of the entire unit. The Fantech Bath Fan Conversion Kit Model BFRK100 is designed for do-it-yourselfers and lets you replace the guts of the unit without tearing the whole thing out. You use the existing exhaust fan grill and housing, so there's no ceiling repair work required. And the unit is Energy Star rated, meaning it's more efficient than your old fan.
An electrician will charge $265 to replace a bathroom fan motor with the conversion kit. This includes labor and material. If you have experience with electrical projects and tools, you can do it yourself for $135, the cost of the kit. To understand what's involved, go to www.bathroomfanexperts.com and search on Fantech conversion kit. Follow the prompt for more information and you'll find the "Literature" icon offers the complete installation guide. You'll need these tools to make the switch: electric drill and bits, screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver and razor knife. Don't forget that with any electrical project you should always turn off the power at the main circuit panel before you begin.
If doing it yourself looks too complicated, hire an electrician and you'll appreciate a quiet bathroom that's more energy efficient.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to replace a bathroom fan motor you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.