Help! My Bath Fan Sounds Like a Lawnmower!

May 15th, 2024 | Brad Logsdon

Each morning you shower to power up and look clean and fresh for your day. You also turn on your bath fan to keep your bathroom clean, fresh, and humidity-free. But you dread flipping the switch because the fan is louder than a lawnmower. 

What’s Causing All This Noise?

The lawnmower-like volume of your fan could be caused by several factors. The fan might have loose parts that need to be fixed. It may have dust build-up on the motor which is easily fixed by vacuuming the dust out. Or the motor may need to be replaced. You want a quieter fan, so you may try to fix it yourself, call an electrician, or just live with it.
But what if you could change it? Broan-NuTone offers a QuickKit™ that is easy to install and only takes up 10 minutes of your time. The Broan-NuTone BKR60 QuickKit™ is the perfect solution to change the fans motor so that you can enjoy a quieter fan.

The QuickKit™ comes with a grille cover that fits into your existing opening so that you don’t have to make any further adjustments.
Installing the upgrade kit is simple and requires only a standard flathead screwdriver, with no special skills needed. The process takes about 10 minutes, resulting in a quieter. Here's what you'll need:
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Vacuum
The replacement grille comes in a bright white finish that fits the decor of any bathroom and makes this space feel trendy and upgraded. The size of the fan motor and its normal speed are sufficient to remove odors and pollutants from your bathroom space with incredible efficiency.
The fan can reduce noise levels by up to 50% and enhance air circulation by up to 20%. It's compatible with various Broan and NuTone models and can replace two Nautilus models. Suitable for any exhaust fitting within a 7.5” x 7.25” housing, it covers models produced in the last decade, eliminating the need for specific parts.

There are a variety of economy fan models that are compatible. Check out the image above to see if your fan model number is a match! To locate your model number and for more details, please review the product page. One of the best things about the upgrade is that it generally won’t require any extra wiring or adjustments in your ceiling. You can find the upgrade at most home improvement stores, or you can buy directly.


How to Install a New Fan Motor Unit

The installation of the unit is super easy too. Watch the video to see the step-by-step instructions.

This is a good chance to clean your fan blades and the grille unit. You can choose to replace the grille unit as it comes with some varieties and has a standard size to fit into the designated opening on your ceiling. Take a look at some of our upgrade grilles options.
Once you’ve decided to change your fan motor unit, or indeed the fan itself, it's a long-term solution to the problem. You can find all the authorized dealers near you that carry Broan-NuTone products.

By Brad Logsdon
Brad is a Group Product Manager overseeing Specialty Ventilation at Broan-NuTone. He has been in product development & product management for over 15 years across a few unique industries. He loves listening to and playing music in his spare time.
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