The cost to install a bathroom fan is far outweighed by the importance of this little piece of environmental control equipment. The purpose of a bathroom fan is not only to remove odors from the bathroom but also to prevent damaging moisture from lingering in the bathroom after a shower or bath. Instead, the moist air is drawn out of the room and redirected outside through a system of vents.
The bathroom is one of the biggest problem areas with lingering moisture in the air. Having to install a bathroom fan costs little when you compare it to the potential cost of repairs or mold remediation. The installation process may look straightforward since the appliance is small, but the process and the unit's initial cost are deceptive. Where the initial installation requires a greater cost layout, and a more in-depth installation process, replacing a bathroom exhaust fan is far simpler. Like all electrical appliances, your bathroom fan may malfunction at some point, causing you to have to replace it.
|What you can expect|
|Range per fan:||$151.15||$410.24|
|Range for this type of project:||$151||$410|
Bathroom Fan Cost
Cost of residential-grade, 70 CFM ventilation fan with operation at 6 sones, either mounted from wall or ceiling. Connects to existing electrical and vent ducting.
Bathroom Fan Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete installation. Mounting hole will be cut, and wiring added or modified from existing switch or parallel fixture. Fixture and trim piece will be placed and secured. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Bathroom Fan Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including connectors, fittings, and mounting hardware.
Bathroom Fan Debris Disposal
Responsible disposal of all project debris, including the cost to load and haul old materials, installation waste, and any other refuse.
Option: Add AFCI Circuit Protection
Circuit power will be shut off and existing circuit break removed. New 15A or 20A Arc Fault Circuit Interrupt breaker will be installed. Power will be restored and optimal operation verified. Available for systems compatible with AFCI breakers.
|cost to replace a bathroom fan|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per fan||$34.81|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 1 fan||$276.20|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 1 fan||$148.73 - $403.66|
The basic cost of a bathroom exhaust fan depends on the type you choose. Still, you can expect a price range of between $30 and $400. A basic exhaust fan with a single speed and no additional features will be close to the lower end of the price range, while a fan with multiple speeds and a heat lamp will be at the more expensive end.
The installation cost can be broken down into several separate costs, especially if the installation requires the ducts, outside vent, and wiring. Naturally, a completely new installation will be significantly more expensive than simply installing a fan with existing ductwork and wiring.
Installing or replacing bathroom exhaust fans is never a matter of simply going to the store and buying the first one you see. Several factors affect the overall cost of installing a bathroom fan.
These factors include the following:
Whether the project requires wiring a bathroom fan or doing a brand-new installation that includes ductwork and exterior vents, the process can be complex. Additionally, the project may require work that takes you out of your comfort zone — like climbing onto the roof or opening a hole in your ceiling. Perhaps you don’t have the tools necessary to complete the installation or aren’t a handy person. Hiring a professional is a solid choice if you aren’t comfortable with the type of work or don’t feel confident in your handy skills.
While it’s true that installing or replacing a bathroom fan yourself will save you a substantial amount of money, the complex nature of the project may make hiring a professional the better option.
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