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Question DetailsAsked on 10/31/2015

Flappers over my exhaust fan won't go up. Wind blew one flapper over the other. Who do I get to fix them? HVAC co?

Electrician that put in new motor in exhaust fan says he is not responsible for flaps not working anymore. I need someone that can check the motor in exhaust fan and get the flapper back in position. I can see the outside through the roof since one flap over the other. Is there a clear covering over the hole or will the rain come pouring in? Are the flaps part of duct system or roof?
What kind of repair person do I get? Need someone that knows electrical to check the fan & it's motor and someone that can fix the flaps.

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IF fan works (assuming the flappers are not blocking it, I would just get a Handyman (for maybe $50 plus or minus) to flip the flappers back the right way. I would have to admit I have never seen an exhaust/vent fan with paired flappers that could interleave incorrectly.

Or DIY if you are up to getting up on the roof, or if you can reach up past the fan bladses without bending them and push up on the lower flap with a stick or broom handle or piece of small PVC pipe to pop them open so they fall back into correct position. Then opeate the fan a couple of times to be sure they fall back correctly when it is turned off.

More permanent fix - would be to get the vent hood replaced with a single-flapper so this does not happen on you again in the future. Heating and A/C contractor would be your normal Search the List category for this, also if the fan has a problem - charbge probably about $75-125 minimum charge, probably up to about $100-150 more if the hood or motor needs replacement.

And no - I have never seen a clear covering over vent flappers - also, I don't think you should be able to see directly outside through them other. Normally, the flapper is under a metal hood, so you would be seeing daylight through the partly open flapper, but probably not actually see outside, so it may be some hood or cap came off if you are seeing straight up to the sky. You might be able to see from the ground. If in doubt, I would go with the HVAC contractor because he can properly do a new hood if needed.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD



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