NuTone ILF 150 is very noisy
I live in a condo and the previous owner or builder installed a NuTone (ILF120 model) fan in the basement to ventilate the clothes dryer which is located in the first floor. The unit was attached to the rafters in the basement. The problem is, this unit is extremely noisy and produces a lot of vibration which can be heard throughout my hole place, especially in the master bedroom which is directly above the area where the fan is located. I have tried to put some padding around the unit but the noise is still the same. The previous owner did not leave a user's manual. What can I do?
Thank you for your help
To be fair. I think I have found an acceptable solution to the problem. It came to me that the fan might be plugged with lint and for that reason the motor was working extra hard. Although it's not easy, I was able to clean most of the lint out of the fan. To clean it, I had to disconnect the duct pipes leading into the fan. You need to disconnect the power to attempt the next step. Once the power was disconnected, I was able to get my fingers in the fan and started taking large chunks of lint. I was also able to get a hose from my vacuum into the fan and that finished the cleaning process. Put everything back and repeated the duct pipes. Not an easy process, but that seems to be the only way to cleaning and eliminate most of the noise problem. Now the motor is quiet enough that it doesn't bother me anymore. I hope this helps others.
Date published: 2015-07-18