Wish I Had Read these Reviews First
Bought the unit a month ago, from a large chain hardware store, as it had the high collar to extend through the insulation, and the draft stopper. We were almost used to the jet lift-off noise level when, last night, the fan blade detached itself and shattered in the vent cover (made me glad the cover was almost impossible to get off). The hardware store replaced it without a question. Now having the unit at home I am questioning whether to install it or not, having read the reviews below. Probably should have asked for a refund.
Do Your Homework First
If you need a robust exhaust fan that moves out a lot of air from a space where noise is not a big issue, this product is for you. The motor is actually pretty quiet but the super-fast fan revolutions make the unit sound like it’s going to take off somewhere. That said I’m ok with it being in the closed-off laundry. The noise is probably comparable to other strong fans anyway.
Re the grill, yes it is difficult to remove but I discovered pulling it from the edge between either 'side' tabs did the trick. It takes quite a bit force and I was w...orried that over time, it would break so I decided to lightly file all four tabs to make the grill easier to remove. Each one took a few seconds to file and now removal is easier. IXL, this should be an easy fix – take note!
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I am glad I read these reviews first .
I am returning mine before I install it .. I cannot get the grill off and I am afraid to damage it trying and anyway .. I don't know how I am going to get the grill off to clean it after. I did think that maybe I can just clean it without removing the grill but I have found that there is a build up on the leading edge of the fan blades that also need to be cleaned.
Eco Ventflo ear plugs please.
Tried this unit in two bathrooms and have now removed as the noise is akin to a jet as it reaches a peak would like to have decibel rating on fans to assist in suitable selection.I am unsure what area would be suitable for this unit to operate domestically .
Powerful fan with some negatives
Design - The unit looks nice and doesn't draw too much attention to itself. The grill looks great, but as already mentioned is a pain to remove compared to other fans. I find pulling it back from IXL logo the best. The built in draught stopper is another great addition
Function - We installed this fan in our laundry as we had ventilation issues. The fan moves alot of air (~490mtrs/hr) compared to other fans on the market and hence why we purchased this. But, with the added pulling power comes the added noise. In a laundry its ok, but kitche...n it might be too much for that you need. Cost - More expensive compared to other fans, but if you need the air volume its one of the better units. With the inclusion of the draught stopper (which are ~$30 to buy on there own) its well worth it. For a small area like a laundry or bathroom, you will need a window open otherwise the fan wont draw its max capacity. Overall - Does the job but noisy to run
Yep! How the hell do we get the grill off?!
A decent template would be very useful.
The fan is very efficient but is far too strong for a modest sized bathroom and also very noisy. Sounds like a hurrican hit us!
And I'm finding it impossible to remove the grill now that the fan's installed.
Most manufacturers of these fans give you a solid template to cut your hole. With this fan you get a small diagram on the back page of their small instruction book. It's impossible for the DIY person to cut the hole using this template. Not providing a decent template causes all sorts of dramas when doing the install. Unless the hole is cut just right, it's near impossible to attach the fan to the ceiling as the screw down holders don't want to play ball unless they have plenty of wiggle room. The plastic grill is already fitted to the fan...and needs to be removed, this is a major job as you need to carefully unclip each of the 4 plastic clips from the rear. I broke one clip when doing this. So, the fan is installed and now you have to fit the grill, once again, if the hole was not cut just right you will need to cut the plasterboard away from the clip area. That done, you have to force the grill on and once on you can't get it off without doing some damage to the remaining clips. The clips fit tight and although they say to clean the fan you must remove the grill, you can't do it without breaking at least one clip. It's a very bad design for a not so cheap exhaust fan.
Questions & Answers
What is the noise level for it?
They don't publish the dBA for it like other companies do. I tried a few before settling on another brand, but this one is well beyond 50dBA.
Teghan R.IXL Appliances
We do not offer decibel ratings on our products as every installation is different. Due to this we cannot give a true reading.
Kind regards IXL Home
How do I remove the cover without breaking it.
Teghan R.IXL Appliances
My apologies for the delay. If you turn the cover to the left and pull down it should come off with a little force.
Kind regards IXL Home.
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