Cost of Installing an Extractor Fan Vent

A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to fit an extractor fan vent, including the costs of labour and materials.

Duration:
2-6 hours
Avg price:
£150-£300

Introduction

When it comes to the vent system, you might think you can easily replace or repair the extractor fan vent. Although not difficult, it is the type of task which should be left to a contractor or trades-person. It is a job which requires the right tools, equipment, and knowledge to ensure proper installation and functionality.

You are best served in hiring a professional when it comes to replacing an extractor fan vent. In addition to having the experience and understanding, they also have the equipment.



What the job entails

Airflow is of high importance in the home; an extractor fan vent will help push ventilation through the home. Bathroom vent extractors will help circulate air, eliminate odours, and help keep the space clean/fresh. A timer fan kit also has to be installed; this will determine when air is pushed/flows through the space. Spacing, vent size, location, and whether to install a roof or wall unit.

A tumble dry vent hose, duct system, and wall plating also have to be installed. Depending on whether you have insulation in place, this might also have to be updated or installed when installing a new extractor fan vent in the home.


Possible complications installation

An extractor fan vent installation is typically straightforward for licensed specialists; but, there is always the possibilty for complications or issues. One such issue being that of insulation. In older homes, this is usually dated and probably not up to code. If this is the case, insulation has to be upgraded, duct work installed, and new systems installed. This will increase duration of the project and costs.

Another issue is placement of the vent system. Depending on the size of the bathroom, walls, ceiling, and whether there are other fixtures, vents, or systems installed, placement of the new extractor fan vent has to be done accordingly. When discussing this with a contractor it is important to know what approach they will take, and how they go about updating your bathroom space if need be.

Costs are another setback. If issues arise, or delays occur, costs typically rise as well. If this is the case, this can setback vent installation, or cause homeowners to choose an older system, which is not as efficient.


Additional services

With vent work, duct work might also be required. Installing a new duct system, updating installation, and installing a wall unit, are all projects which might be undertaken. If you have to update the entire bathroom space, it is best to do so accordingly, and at the same time as upgrading the vent system, as this will keep costs down and possible delays at bay.

If you want to upgrade light fixtures, paint, or add tiles to the bathroom, this is the time to do so. If you want to upgrade the bathroom space, or flooring, or improve the shower system, you can complete all these projects at the same time. In doing this, you maintain the bathroom’s infrastructure, keep the costs down, and also imporove the entire space with one service job/contractor, so you know all services are done properly, the first time around.


Costs & Duration

The price you will pay to have the fan vents varies. If duct work is required, new installation of insulation is required, or if you are replacing vents, fans, and other systems, costs are going to increase accordingly. Logically time to complete the project is also going to be extended.

In most cases, simple installation work can commence and be completed in a matter of 1-3 days. If additional services are performed you should schedule for a minimum of 5-7 days to complete all services. And, depending on the size of the bathroom, the time to complete installation of the new fan vent might also be longer for larger homes/bathrooms.