Bathroom Fan


Old 06-28-11, 09:03 AM
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Bathroom Fan

Hello (again),

I asked some earlier questions about wiring fans and received very complete answers which is appreciated.

Yesterday evening, I bought three bathroom fans, one of which has a fan/nitelight/light combination that will be used in a small 1/2 bath. The fans are "premium" Nutone fans from Home Depot.

I gleaned from previous advice that lights and fans should be on separate breakers.

This morning, I opened the boxes and read the wiring directions for the light/fan combo and it shows ONE source of line power for the light and fan with a "multifunction" switch controlling the off/on functions for both.

Cognizant that Nutone isn't exactly the source of wiring expertise, I would have thought that they would not have made a mistake on something that seems so basic.

Can I wire the fan and light in that one unit from one breaker? Would appreciate some clarification.

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Old 06-28-11, 09:28 AM
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Fans and lights can be on the same circuit. The wiring box on those fans is usually so small there's no other way you could do it anyway.
Old 06-29-11, 07:21 AM
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One circuit is more than enough, even if all 3 were on the same circuit.
Old 06-29-11, 08:15 AM
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I'm guessing you are remembering cautions about fans with heaters being installed on the same circuit as the rest of the bath room. A heater and blow dryer on the same circuit could trip a breaker but yours doesn't have a heater so no problem.

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