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Old 09-21-2020, 08:08 PM   #1
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Fantastic fan vent won't open

I see a couple of other threads about fantastic fan issues, but this is slightly different. In my case, the vent won't open when I flip the switch, but it will open manually with the crank. The fan won't turn on once the vent is open.

I think I may have unintentionally driven home from a long trip with this vent partially open.

Anything I can do to troubleshoot or fix myself?
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:52 PM   #2
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Thanks. I looked at the fuse listing and it appears that the reading lights over the bed and a few other things are on that same fuse, and those are still working. I assumed that meant the fuse isn't the issue?
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Is the fan speed set at 1, at the minimum?

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Is the fan speed set at 1, at the minimum?

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Wind it up manually, lock the handle, turn off the rocker switch, see if it closes. It may be the limit switch.

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Wind it up manually, lock the handle, turn off the rocker switch, see if it closes. It may be the limit switch.

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I'll try that. If it is the limit switch, what then?
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Never mind! I figured out what was going on. The fuse on the fan was still operational. However, I pulled the entire fuse case down to expose the wires, and found that one of the wires the fuse connects to had become dislodged. When I pushed it back in, the fan started working again.
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Awesome! I hope corporate is reading this and will adjust. Wire connections should stay put.
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Glad you solved the mystery. I ran into a similar issue this summer while camping - just would not open or run. It was scheduled for a warranty check the next week. I added it to the list - the tech told me that a heavy dew will trigger the rain sensor. After the tow to the dealer on a sunny day it worked just fine.
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Awesome! I hope corporate is reading this and will adjust. Wire connections should stay put.
Agreed. One of my two Fantastic Vents wouldn't work when I first wired it up. I opened it up and discovered one of the wires to the plunger switch was loose.
Reattaching it with wire glue resolved the problem, but I shouldn't have had to. Admittedly, that vent had sat in a box in the basement for a decade before I installed it, but still.
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