is there a better motor for my Nutone exhaust fan?

jj_upstatenyJuly 21, 2012

I have an old Nutone exhaust fan/light in my bathroom, and the fan is dying. As it has a 13" round cutout, that limits my replacement if I don't want to patch the drywall (I'm not especially handy and have not done this before). My problem: The Nutone replacement that would fit, Nutone 8663RP, has *awful* reviews just about everywhere.

Nutone says that the motor is part number 0434A000 and the blower wheel is part number 5901A000. I don't think I can post a link here due to forum rules but the specs are widely available. Are there other companies that would make a standard assembly that would work? I want a reasonably quiet fan that works well. I'd love a panasonic motor. Amazon advertises a Packard motor -- not sure what they are like. Is there a web site that has good customer service and might be able to point me to a brand that makes a motor with specs that would work?

If I can't find anything, then I am going to have to figure out how to remove old fan, patch drywall, and install new fan in the joists from below (attic is not accessible).

Thank you all!!


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I suggest you google what you are looking for and see if you can find an internet site for consumers that has a help line or help email.

Then email them your question, state you would prefer a better and possibly more expensive fan if it could be retrofitted without patching required.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 7:59PM
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would this replacement work? It has a 15" square grill - would cover the 13" completely.

Here is a link that might be useful: Panasonic fan

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 9:02PM
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Go to Home Depot or Lowes. They have replacement motors/grills sets for Nutone and Braun fans that are much quieter, and it will cost you about $29. I just replaced mine with my remodel because I couldn't find a wall fan housing with a shallow enough box and a small enough duct. I ended up just replacing my old one with a new one.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 9:48AM
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