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Looks good, but.....
I purchased this model despite the warnings that it makes a noise on start-up. Every time it is turned on it sounds like it's going to fall out of the ceiling! Pity I didn't see these reviews beforehand and I'm not encouraged by the comments that it gets worse over time. I could not recommend buying to anyone.
Purchased in August 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $35.00.
Noisy oscillation on startup
To begin with the start up oscillation rattle was only a second or two. Over a few months this has become worse and now is very noisy for 20 to 30 seconds. Once running it is fairly quiet but the rattle noise on start is audible throughout the house.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.
Piece of crap
Noise is insane for an energy efficient fan it’s crap even comes with a note saying noisy at start up but it just keeps going on and on. Waste of money.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse for $39.00.
From Australia to Malaysia
Quite satisfy with this product. I bought in Australia and bring it back to Malaysia to install in our new house. It works perfectly. The noise isn't disturbing at all.. after using it for 4 years only i realized that the fan keeps on running even though i didn't turn on the switch... (i cant remember whether it was designed to automatically running or not.)
Purchased in November 2017.
Bought this fan to replace a airflow that wasnt spinning fast that was installed from when the house was built. When I installed this I heard the start up rattle but I wasn’t to upset about because it was that loud and I didn’t really need it no be quiet, I was happy with it. But, after only 3 months the fan just didn’t work anymore, it did nothing. I tried spinning the blades tapping the motor but it was just broken so it was replaced with a hpm that has excelled at its job and has more airflow then this one ever did. and, doesn’t rattle.
Purchased in April 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $29.00.
Bought two. Excellent considering features
It uses next to no power and just makes a hum when running. Plus it moves around 2 cubic meters per minute. I run mine a couple times a day and just leave them running for hours at a time. Some people have complained about start up noise etc. This hasn't affected me - I guess it depends what you consider annoying. If any noise then it only lasts a second. I'd suggest people check their mounting and others who haven't purchased yet to check their technical requirements. I probably wouldn't put this in a brand new house but if you're into saving power and understand what this fan offers then yeah.
Purchased in October 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $30.00.
Yep it rattles on start up. Little sticker said it would. Im ok with that. But is a bit excessive when it rattles for about 30 seconds! I tried it with the cover off, 50% of the time it runs backwards! When it does go the correct way it still wouldn't suck the steam off a hot coffee.
Waste of money, buy a better one. Replaced it with IXL and is awesome
Purchased in February 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Arlec brand rubbish
I so wish had seen this site prior to purchasing 2 Arlec exhaust fans! I want to remove them as start up noise is getting louder but there’s the cost of getting an electrician! Why haven’t these fans been recalled and Arlec and Bunnings doing the right thing?? Think our complaints just stay here so perhaps a phone call to ACCC might help!
Purchased in June 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $27.00.
2x fans won't start
Read the notice in the manual that it might oscillate audibly "momentarily" before starting. However it would oscillate for as long as I'd watch it for in the roof. It would only start if I flicked it or turned it off and on again. Very quiet when running. Took it out if the ceiling and when held in hands it would start most of the time. It seems being held rigidly and horizontal the start problems are worse. Which is unfortunate because that's exactly how it gets installed.
Exchanged for another thinking I had a dud unit and tested it in hands. It seemed to start every time. Installed in fm ceiling and it required flicking off and on to start every time.
It's a shame because when running it's great. But I can't recommend it at all.
Purchased in August 2020.
Very poor start-up design
Yes agree with other general comments ... not a great design! I installed two of these fans in a flat I rent out ... initially the start-up noise was acceptable, but less than a year later, the tenant complained that the noise was getting worse and I have replaced both with a different make of exhaust fan (with much better bearings). I've examined both faulty Arlec fans (I'm an electrical engineer) and found that one would keep permanently shaking/oscillating in efforts to start rotating (failing to do so) and the other one, having managed ...to start, would rotate in the OPPOSITE direction 50% of the time! Appalling design ... I don't accept that just because they may be an efficient DC motor that they should give this start-up trouble. I've taken one apart, and note there is a coiled cylindrical spring under a bit of tension around the top of the spindle ... I suspect it may be this which needs adjusting, but haven't had time to test. I'll be phoning Arlec on their advised Melbourne phone number (inside the packaging) and suggest others do the same.
Purchased in July 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Flawed Design Leads to Loud Shuddering That Gets Progressively Worse
We had one of the standard (non-energy-efficient) versions of this same fan, and it gave us 10 years of faithful service before it started to vibrate too much on startup and eventually died. We bought the energy efficient version and hoped for similar longevity from it, but the momentary (and expected) vibration on startup quickly transformed into minutes of terrible hammering/shuddering that was loud enough to wake our kids, and could be heard from our backyard. Switching the fan off then back on initially helped stop the shuddering, but withi...n weeks the problem got worse and worse until we could no longer tolerate the racket. Examining the fan closely, it seems Arlec achieved the improved energy efficiency and admittedly very quiet operating sound (when the fan is working properly) by suspending the fan blade assembly within a ring of magnets arranged horizontally. Unfortunately, there's nothing securing the blade assembly vertically, so the fan blades are able to fall downward several cm and disengage from the magnets, which in turn causes the vibration when you switch the fan on. Without a device to keep the stem in place, the fan blades just shake themselves back and forth, and often never realign themselves with the magnets, making a terrible sound as a result. I hope Arlec will revise the design of these fans to ensure a more secure retention of the fan blade assembly. I wouldn't risk buying another unit of the same type, so on the recommendation of another reviewer here, I exchanged the defective Arlec fan for an HPM brand extractor and paid the $4 price difference. Because its motor is more powerful, and possibly an entirely different type from that within the Arlec, the HPM fan isn't as energy-efficient, but it has a visible metal rivet/screw securing its fan blade assembly to the motor, and so far we've encountered no vibration problems on startup. It also makes a louder whine when in operation, but compared to the sound of the failing Arlec, the HPM's sound is far more tolerable.
Purchased in April 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Credit where it is due
Just installed the 200mm fan. It does rattle for a second (no more than that) at startup, and clicks when it stops. Doesn't bother me. In my view the improvement in power consumption from 26 watts to 4 watts is an astonishing achievement and full marks to Arlec for that. I will buy again.
Purchased in May 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $27.00.
Everything you're all describing is exactly how it is meant to work!!!
Every one is whining about the noise. That is a DC motor. They are efficient but are suspended within the frame and rattle upon start up. You bought them for energy efficiency; why do you expect them to operate EXACTLY the same as an inefficient AC motor?
I bought 2x broken/dodgy MEF20 fans!
Sadly I never looked on Product Review before buying 2x of these crap fans! Disgusted to say the least. Upon opening the boxes, both fans had screws loose. DON'T BUY! They can't be fixed.
Purchased in February 2020 at eBay for $30.00.
RECALL THIS GARBAGE
As every other person has stated. There is a noise apon startup. On closer inspection I found that it is actually the whole motor assembly that is loose inside the housing. Ok, bummer, I'll just take it back to Bunnings. A 25 minute wait after a 20 minute drive, then wander right to the back of the store to get a change over. I get home and plug it into a PowerPoint just to check it. Same thing. It has been in less that 36 hrs and it takes about 3 minutes after starting for the bumping, banging and general noise until it spins properly. Though ...now it is about 5+ times as loud as when it was spinning properly. I would love to insert into the Arlec Acquisitions Officer and turn it on. This is a joke. Everything we seem to buy from Bunnings that runs on power or fuel lately either dies completely or doesn't work properly. They should change their name to The Reject Shop
Purchased in November 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $30.00.
Questions & Answers
Please explain why your fan does this jump/skip and a dance before taking up a quiet running mode.
These fans are terrible. They have no (ramping) in the fan as the $5 more HPM ones do. This causes the motor to start at full speed which nearly tears the housing apart. That is what the horrible noise is. I thought I had a bad one. I replaced it at Bunnings and the next one was the same. I took the second one back as well and bought a HPM which starts up slowly and smoothly until it is at top speed. We can turn the switch off and on repetitively and there is not a noise at all. For a toilet or bathroom the ARLEC fans won't last long. Worst ceiling extraction fans on the market.
Many thanks, will need to investigate further.
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|Number of Speed Settings||1|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||White|
|Blade Diameter||200 mm|
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