Our Fantastic Fan is having an issue: the lid motor no longer is able to open it. The motor is running but just no longer seems to have the power to raise the vent lid. It gives up after a couple seconds of no movement, and you can see the lid start to move.
This happened a week or two ago, and I took it apart and opened the vent lid manually, then put it all back together and it worked fine through several open/close cycles. When I tried it again today, the same problem happened. The vent does not have a manual knob - I had to remove the motor, thread a bolt into the vent lid mechanism, and open it that way. I'm guessing the open/close motor is dying.
I know I can probably get the motor from Fantastic Vent. But it has a couple other issues: the plastic is broken in several places; the screen has holes; and some of the threads for the screen screws are stripped. At some point you start to wonder whether repairing it is worth it. Further, the fan has one of those plastic covers over it (MaxxAir I think), which I don't like that much. We're considering just spending the money on a new Fantastic Fan with a rain sensor and remote control.
They also have the upgrade kits.
I realize this option wouldn't remove the cover, but it's a heckuva lot cheaper for several reasons, especially since I could do it myself and not worry about getting the seal right. Has anyone done this?
I'm assuming removing the MaxxAir cover would involve breaking a seal and having to reseal a spot on the roof. Is that correct?
There is another possibility; namely the lid mechanism itself is binding. But I was able to open it fine using the bolt and a screwdriver...I don't think this is the case.
Thanks in advance!