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Cold air coming in through vent when fan not on

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  • jsilva960 Jan 13, 2009

    Just put in a Nutone Whispaire and wow, it's like having an open window. Didn't notice this with the old one. Maybe the filter was just REALLY clogged.

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The flap door is probably stuck open. find where it exhausts out of the house and see if the flap is free.

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