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.
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.
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.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having an extractor fan vent fitted.
Q Do I have to replace the vents?
Over time the answer is yes. They wear down. In older homes, insulation, duct work, and other issues can also arise, which would cause you to replace the extract fan vents.
Q How much is a replacement?
Depending on the size of the bathroom, scope of work, and if additional projects are being performed, duration for completion can last 1-3 days, up to 5-10 days. For a basic job, you can expect to pay anywhere from £150-400, which includes the cost of labour, as well as the cost to install the vent.
Q How often does the work need to be performed?
It is the type of thing you should keep your eye on. Especially in older homes. If you notice airflow is an issue, or the vents don’t kick on when light system is on, this might be a sign replacements are needed.
Q How long does it take to replace?
This is a routine service job. A licensed technician can typically complete this repair or replacement in a matter of 1-day for a simple replacement and new installation job.
Q Should I buy a name brand vent system?
Again, this depends on your budget. Obviously, the greater the quality, and more reputable the brand, the more it will cost. Further, installation costs, duct work, and insulation costs might increase the overall cost of the project being completed in the home.