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    Default Water in the extractor fan?

    A few years ago I had a solatube with fan installed in my bathroom. The two tubes (one for light, one for extracting moisture) are separate.

    I've just recently noticed that when the fan is on, I can hear the sound of trickling water. So up into the ceiling cavity to check it out. No signs of a roof leak, no dampness anywhere and I even gave the ducting a shake in case any water had pooled in it. Nope.

    The trickling sound is still there. Is it possible that there's water inside the (sealed) fan assembly? Could it be acting like some kind of water wheel, moving the water as it spins? As it is encased in black plastic, I can't see into the thing itself.

    Has anyone else ever come across anything like this?

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    Curious if you got a CoC on the installation?

    Maybe worth calling the company that did it and ask them if they ever experienced anything like it?

    J

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    The company (or at least one of their agents) installed it. I don't think that CoCs apply in these situations, do they?

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    I thought you need to get a COC if you make a hole in the roof greater than x mm - Think it was 250mm. It may be different for kitchen extractors though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janicz View Post
    I thought you need to get a COC if you make a hole in the roof greater than x mm - Think it was 250mm. It may be different for kitchen extractors though.
    Oh, ok. Well I think that in this case it's two holes, both of which are probably less than that. And it's in the bathroom. The only ventilation the bathroom has, actually.

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    I would imagine if there was water in the fan unit it would stop working, but if it did keep going, surely the water would get thrown out?

    Are you just hearing things?
    Squadly dinky do!

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    condensation?

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    You sure it's not just a squeaky fan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drelly View Post
    You sure it's not just a squeaky fan?
    It's definitely a trickling sound. Like one of those little indoor rock fountain things.

    I would imagine if there was water in the fan unit it would stop working, but if it did keep going, surely the water would get thrown out?
    Yeah, I did think that eventually it would make something go 'poof', but it's just started. If water did get in there, no, it wouldn't just get thrown out because the whole thing is sealed.

    I guess there's nothing for it but to see if there's an easy way to undo the assembly and have a look.

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    sealed? Surely it has an inlet (in the bathroom) and an outlet (in the roof)? What make is it?


 

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