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How To Install Exhaust Fan In Wall

Having an exhaust fan in your kitchen and bathroom is a necessity. This is because of how it helps to remove mold and mildew by circulating air. It also removes unwanted smells and odors by taking away moisture. 

A wall exhaust fan can be used where there is limited ceiling or roof space. Installing one is a task that you can carry out by yourself. All you need are the right steps and some hours of your time.

Tools You To Install Exhaust Fan In Wall

  • Fish Tape
  • Stud Finder
  • Handsaw 
  • Pencil/Marker
  • Cutter
  • Eye Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Fan Cover
  • Exhaust Fan
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Venting materials

Steps To Install Exhaust Fan In Wall

These steps will guide you through the process of installation.

1. Cut Off Electricity

The first thing to do is to turn off electricity from the breaker box. The reason this is very important is to prevent being shocked during the process.

2. Trace and Cut Out

For this step, you’ll need to make sure of your rubber gloves and goggles. Also, you need to check the floor and ensure its completely dried off to avoid shocks. When you have confirmed this, proceed with this step. Choose the area where you want the exhaust fan to be installed. Use a marker to trace out the inner portion of the fan’s housing on the wall. Then, use the drill to make holes on the interior wall at the tracing’s four corners. Put the saw in one of the spots and cut from hole to hole until an entire interior wall section is cut out. When you are doing this, you must know the wires’ exact locations and pipes in the wall.

3. Make a Template

Use the same process above to create a template for the exterior wall on a piece of cardboard. This template will then be lined up against the casing of the fan. Use the drill to make holes so that the exhaust fan can be fixed to the wall. Then, position the fan into the opening and find the screws’ location on the exhaust fan’s housing. Make sure it gets to the exterior wall and leaves a mark on it so that the fan can be appropriately aligned.

4. Fix the Fan to the Wall

Drill in holes where the screws are showing in the exhaust fan. Then use a screwdriver to make the screws tightly fitted to the wall. 

5. Plug Fan to Electricity Connection

After following the previous steps correctly and you see that everything is well-paced, here is what you need to do. Run the fan’s wire through the wall and confirm if it is long enough to reach the breaker. If it does, match the colors of the wires of the fan with the primary circuit and connect them. Once they have been connected using a screwdriver, turn the power supply on to be sure the fan works.

There you go! Your exhaust fan is successfully installed on your wall. You can now enjoy a well-ventilated environment (bathroom/kitchen).

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