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Old 02-20-2015, 07:18 AM   #1
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Bathroom vent lifting mechanism replacement parts

Are replacement parts available for the bathroom vents used in 2001. My motor works and will lift the lid but upon closing will not hold the lid closed. A close inspection shows the cast metal housing for the worm gear is bulged. I can't tell if the motor is attached and removable or a part of the greater assembly. Apparently the gears simply won't mesh properly. It all comes apart so I'm looking for a replacement for the worm gear box unit without motor if they come separately

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Old 02-20-2015, 08:14 AM   #2
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I cannot answer your questions about the parts availability, but I had the same problem with mine, and by your description it sounds like the same vent.

What I have done is remove the metal housing, and with a large channel lock pliers force it back into shape, and it is working good again.

What seems to be the problem is the motor is strong enough to distort the housing when closing the vent, and the power is left on with the switch for too long.

I've been thinking of replacing it with a fantastic fan, but haven't been able to find a model that would use the existing wiring and switches.

Have you contacted Airstream about the vent parts?
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:42 AM   #3
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I replaced my bathroom fan with a Fantastic Vent and used the original switches for aesthetic reasons, and the wiring and switches were compatible. This was a pricy replacement but necessary because a wind gust stripped the closing mechanism on the original vent. Turned out to be a great benefit in getting rid of the poorly performing original vent. The Fantastic Vent in the bathroom is just wonderful.
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:12 AM   #4
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I replaced my bathroom fan with a Fantastic Vent and used the original switches for aesthetic reasons, and the wiring and switches were compatible. This was a pricy replacement but necessary because a wind gust stripped the closing mechanism on the original vent. Turned out to be a great benefit in getting rid of the poorly performing original vent. The Fantastic Vent in the bathroom is just wonderful.
Does your new fan open and close with the factory switch? Can you give us a part number?
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:36 PM   #5
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ThanX Steve. I was thinking about doing just that but would like to explore me options should things go south when I try to press things back together. Nice to know it may work. I have not yet made any attempt to track parts yet.

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Old 02-21-2015, 06:46 AM   #6
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SteveH: I bought the B2000 Fantastic Vent three years ago, so it's probably been updated. And yes the vent closes with the factory switch and turns on and off with the other factory switch. I change the fan speed on the fan itself. With the wiring and the extensive amount of caulking and testing necessary to insure no leaks, the tech worked almost two hours. So this is not an easy installation. I got a very basic vent without the rain sensor or variable speeds. Also I got the smoke-colored vent, which is nice. I had to order the fan from the factory and have it delivered to my dealer, who installed it. All in all a complicated, time-consuming and expensive replacement for the factory vent, but one I'd do again in a minute.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:27 AM   #7
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Well, back to the original question here. I tried Steve's recommendation and carefully pressed the gear case back into shape and things looked good for awhile. But they went south ( as we did ) and just didn't make a long term fix. So I'm back to looking for a replacement lifting system for my original AS installed bathroom fan. So if anyone has been through this maybe you can point me in the right direction for getting a replacement. I don't want to replace the while unit unless there's no other option.

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Old 06-01-2015, 04:00 PM   #8
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OK, for anyone interested here's the skinny. The part I'm looking for is called an operator. Airstream shows a parts picture breakdown and it is listed there. They gave me an AS part # but won't sell direct to me. I was told I need to call a dealer to order the part. OK, so local dealer tells me the part is $10.50. Great, I'm in for that.
Now comes the " BUT" part. It's shipped direct to me from Airstream and they have a minimum order and since it's below the minimum it would be an extra $10. Plus shipping.
Well, I found another source with no minimum and ordered it. Price was less but not by much. I would have preferred to support the Airstream company by getting it from them.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:28 AM   #9
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Finally got the part and installed it. Found it at E-Trailer. Their order person was very helpful and after speaking with her I realized I had planned to order the wrong part. Very close, almost exact, in the photo but slightly different. She was very nice and called Ventline while I was on the phone to confirm the application. We got the correct part and there is only one small thing. The new part comes with a plastic thing-ee at the end that attaches to the vent lid. The newer vents must have a different method of attachment. Easy fix to remove the plastic thing and then the installation went picture perfect. All's well with the bathroom vent. For a comparable cost I would prefer to support the Airstream parts system but not at a premium of double. E-Trailer is a great source of stuff so give them a look see. Maybe they've got what you need.
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The way the part that fails is made (cast pot metal), I think it will continue to fail if the same pressures are applied to it. Basically if you hold the switch too long and let it try to close the vent lid too tight, it puts too much pressure on the mechanism.

I recently had to replace the vent top because it was cracked from UV damage, but being careful to not put too much pressure on it when closing, mine has continued to work well.

If it does fail again, think I'll just replace it with a Fantastic Fan, which IMHO is what should have been installed there in the first place.
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Not the greatest fix, but I had the same issue. I hound a small C-clamp and applied ti to the sides of the housing to keep the motor from forcing it apart again. I keep telling myself , when it fails again, I'll upgrade the whole thing! (been almost 2 years now ;-) )




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Parts for 14 x 14 bath vent fan

I'm having this same problem with my bathroom vent fan.
Did anyone find lift mechanism parts or a replacement for the original replacement fan. (other than Fantastic) I've looked at ODM, Inland, and Vintage. No luck!
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I too had the same problem and put it back into shape using channel lock pliers so the gears would engage properly. I have my AS in storage for the winter so can't readily look, but as I remember it I replaced a rivet holding the gear housing together with a screw. It's been working that way for about 3 years now. I would like to replace the fan sometime down the road.
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Has anyone tried one of these as a replacement?
Fan-Tastic Vent's Retail EZ-Breeze Fan

The original wall switch could be used to control the fan, but it looks like the vents are manual.
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