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#4720652 - 04/08/18 03:10 PM Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2724
Loc: USA
If anyone is considering installing these in a home, I can strongly recommend it!

My house came with some builder grade Broan/NuTone units that sound just terrible when exhausting air. I can't understand how they build them so shoddily given how simple they are in function.

Anyway I installed a Panasonic WhisperFit unit in my guest bathroom and it runs beautifully with a literal whisper of noise. I actually intend to leave the fan running most of the time in the warmer months to provide fresh air circulation into the home.

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#4720656 - 04/08/18 03:14 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
PimTac Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 3449
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
I know a HVAC guy and that’s the brand he recommends to customers and he installed them in his own house as well. Top quality and super quiet.
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#4720698 - 04/08/18 04:03 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
bruckus Offline


Registered: 02/27/10
Posts: 274
Loc: Minnesota
I installed one in our house last fall. Very quiet and moves alot of air. Will soon replace the other bath one also.

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#4720708 - 04/08/18 04:12 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41406
Loc: New Jersey
Yes it's what we run. Excellent fans.

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#4720710 - 04/08/18 04:17 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3789
Loc: New England
I need to educate myself on this topic as one of the bathroom fans in our ski condo stopped working and I decided to replace it while I was fixing a bunch of other stuff up there when I had a couple weeks between jobs two falls ago (it was my choice to change positions!).
I didn't really read up on the task as I figured it would be pretty obvious what to do when I took the lens off and started unscrewing things...I didn't see any sign of how the old unit would come out and decided to concentrate on some plumbing work instead. The building went up in the early '70s and I'm pretty sure this was an original fan, believe it was a NuTone. The fan is in the guest bathroom and I kinda forgot about it until my daughter brought a friend up to ski this past season and he really stunk the joint up.
I know I could pay the building manager to put a new fan in, but he's always plenty busy fixing water damage and stuff like that and I'd rather do this myself since I feel like I should be able to handle the job.

Once I figure out what I'm doing, I will keep an eye out for a Panasonic Whisperfit based upon the favorable mentions here!
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#4720757 - 04/08/18 05:11 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 11/29/08
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Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
I installed 2 in the bathrooms.they are excellent units.
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#4720832 - 04/08/18 06:12 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
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Loc: ME
I cleaned the hairspray and grime out of my existing fans... they quieted right down!

Mine also runs on a motion sensor so the wife & kids can't pump all the heat out of my house. laugh

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#4720835 - 04/08/18 06:17 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
tom slick Offline


Registered: 05/26/03
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Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
I installed Panasonic fans in my house as well. They are significantly better than most others.
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#4720876 - 04/08/18 07:14 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
madRiver Offline


Registered: 07/11/15
Posts: 3303
Loc: New England
I cannot think of a single negative about it. I would not consider another brand.

Don’t waste your money on Lowe’s or Home Depot on contractor grade junk.

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#4720877 - 04/08/18 07:19 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 07/09/08
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Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Were you able to install it from below, or did you have to work from above? What size ducting (3" or 4") did you have? Did you install the 80 CFM or the 110 CFM unit?

Ideal for me would be a unit I could replace from below. And as I have an older house (built in '88) I suspect it will have 3" ducting.
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#4720879 - 04/08/18 07:23 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
GSCJR Offline


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I prefer the noise provided by the fan than the guest. wink
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#4721078 - 04/08/18 11:39 PM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: ecotourist]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2724
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: ecotourist
Were you able to install it from below, or did you have to work from above? What size ducting (3" or 4") did you have? Did you install the 80 CFM or the 110 CFM unit?

Ideal for me would be a unit I could replace from below. And as I have an older house (built in '88) I suspect it will have 3" ducting.


I have a big attic space so I installed from above. Simple swap out with the old fan, but I had to cut the drywall opening in the ceiling.

The fan has a switch for 80 or 110, so I kept it on 80 for low noise. Duct was 4".

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#4721096 - 04/09/18 12:23 AM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: GSCJR]
E365 Offline


Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 383
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: GSCJR
I prefer the noise provided by the fan than the guest. wink


+1. I prefer a louder fan (but not rattling). They help mask bathroom type noises.


Edited by E365 (04/09/18 12:24 AM)
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#4721433 - 04/09/18 10:43 AM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
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Registered: 11/14/08
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Loc: Phoenix
You replaced an $8 builder basic fan with an $80 fan. Of course it will be better!
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#4722486 - 04/10/18 08:20 AM Re: Panasonic Whisper bathroom fans [Re: Reddy45]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3789
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: Reddy45
Originally Posted By: ecotourist
Were you able to install it from below, or did you have to work from above? What size ducting (3" or 4") did you have? Did you install the 80 CFM or the 110 CFM unit?
Ideal for me would be a unit I could replace from below. And as I have an older house (built in '88) I suspect it will have 3" ducting.

I have a big attic space so I installed from above. Simple swap out with the old fan, but I had to cut the drywall opening in the ceiling.
The fan has a switch for 80 or 110, so I kept it on 80 for low noise. Duct was 4".

Wow, I'm starting to wonder now if I will have to cut a hole in the ceiling to get the broken fan out in my condo...no attic there, just some neighbors upstairs we don't care for. As I mentioned before, I saw no signs that there was going to be any easy way to remove the old unit from below...but, I am also pretty ignorant about a lot of home repair stuff.
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