bathroom fan


Old 01-12-12, 08:09 PM
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bathroom fan

My bathroom fan/light needs replacing but I would like to install a fan only with a pull string off/on. I am a renter so I do not want to get into adding switches etc. There is another light that is also wired to this one so one switch turns on everything. Is there a way to install a fan that I can turn on and off without having to add a wall switch?
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Old 01-12-12, 08:27 PM
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As a renter you should not be making any changes to a building you do not own. There are liability issues. Contact your landlord.

You would not need to add a switch. You would just replace the unit. A wall switch is more convenient than a pull chain. I have never seen an exhaust fan that had a pull chain except for the old thru the wall kitchen exhaust fans.

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As a landlord I would advise you not to do this and contact your landlord instead.
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Having the fan come on with the light can be a way to force people to at least use the fan for a minimum amount of time. Moisture from showers and other water related activities needs to be vented out and putting the fan on a pull chain puts that process into the users option list.

The big issue is as stated above, this is a landlord issue and not a renter thing to be fixing.

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A fan may be code mandated in your area. If so and the fan is not working correctly the landlord is required to replace/repair it. In most areas if he refuses you can have it replaced (this is not DIY for a tenant) at his expense.

Even if it is not required by local code, you are obligated to inform the landlord - it's his property.
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