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
This fan is to noisy it clunks to bad I do not recommend it
Does not suck much air
The blades when cleaning fly out of wack
I do not recommend this product
When cleaning the fan cover falls off of its housing
November 19th 2019 Update: Terrible fan
The Arlec energy saving fan is useless it clunks to much on start up and during running they dont even make the 250mm anymore just 200mm which is worse for clunking
Should be recalled
Purchased this from bunnings, straight out the packet the fan seems to hit the or sounds like its hitting its own frame.
I agree with the other reviews here dont bother with it unless you want your dentures rattled out when turning on!
Purchased in March 2019.
Arlec Energy Saving 200mm Exhaust Fan - MEF20
Very quiet while running and apparently is energy saving as only 4.2W instead of 26W.
The only problem is that there is an audible sound when starting up. There is NO warning of this on the box but there is a tag attached to the power cord inside. Would be better to have a comment on the outside of the box.
The first time I started the exhaust fan I nearly s***t myself as I wasn't expecting the sudden noise.
Once this startup noise has ceased the fan is very quiet - until you turn it off, when it does its audible noise again.
- Verified purchase
Flawed product, thrashes itself about creating much noise, don't waste your time
Such a shame that this product is so bad, as I was looking forward to the lower power consumption – 8w as opposed to 30w or more.
I have tried two, and both have the same issue. There is a warning in the box, both on the instruction card and also a tag tied to the power cable, that the 'motor will oscillate momentarily and produce audible sound'. What this means is that the dangling fan body and blades will hit itself against the frame and thrash itself about until it can balance and spin freely. This sometimes works, but far too often it can...work itself up into a fighting match against itself and never actually go properly. I took it back to Bunnings and exchanged it for another. It appeared to be no different, but still decided to go ahead and give it a try. Same issue as the first. Pieces of plastic even came out whilst the second one was smashing itself away. Immediately took it down and am taking it also back but this time I am not going to buy the same. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Do not waste your time with this flawed cheap-and-nasty waste of plastic and resources. Unfortunately you won't be able to enjoy power consumption savings unless you want something that resembles a plastic chook fight in your ceiling most times you use it.
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