Solatube® Ventilation Add-On Kit Installation Instructions

Solatube® Ventilation Add-On Kit Installation Instructions
Solatube® Ventilation Add-On Kit Installation Instructions
1. Ventilation Grille Assembly(1)
a. Ventilation Housing(1)
b. Ventilation Screen(1)
a. Wire Junction Box (1)
b. Mounting Bracket(1)
c. TUV Label(1)
d. Wire Junction Box Screws - #6 x 1/2 in (15 mm)(4)
3. Ventilation Fastener Kit including
2. In-line Fan Motor Assembly including
c. Screw backing tabs
a. Drywall (Ceiling) Screws - #6 x 1 5/8 in (40 mm)(6)
b. Duct Screws - #8 X 1/2 in (15 mm) for 115V
/ Rivets 3.8 X 8 mm for 220-240V
c. Fan Motor Mounting Screws - #8 x 1 in (25 mm) (4)
d. 2 in (50 mm) Foil Duct Tape – 6 ft (1.8 m) long (2)
e. Cable Connector (115V/220-240V Option)
f. Ventilation Housing Template
NOTE: Not all items are shown or are to scale.
4. Optional Ventilation
Roof Vent Cap including
sold separately
a. Roof Vent Cap with flashing
b. Duct Connector(1)
5. Additional material recommended
a. Extra Caulk
b. Extra Roof Sealant for Roof Vent Cap
c. 2 in (50 mm) Flashing Screws for Roof Vent Cap(4)
not supplied
d. 4 in (100 mm) Insulated Air Duct (Class 1) (1) 4a
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Read and save these instructions. Do not proceed with the installation until you have read the
entire instructions, including these warnings.
CAUTION: For general ventilating use only. Do not use in kitchens. Do not use to exhaust hazardous or explosive materials and vapors.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury to persons, observe the following:
1. Use this unit only in the manner intended by the manufacturer. If you have any questions, contact the manufacturer.
2. Before installing, servicing or cleaning unit, switch power off at service panel and lock service panel to prevent power from
being switched on accidentally. When the service disconnecting means cannot be locked, securely fasten a
prominent warning device, such as a tag, to the service panel.
3. Installation work and electrical wiring must be done by qualified persons in accordance with all applicable codes and
standards including fire-rated construction and to ensure that parts are installed in the correct zone and that
equipotential bonding is carried out. Means for Supply Mains disconnection must be incorporated in the fixed wiring
in accordance with the wiring rules.
4. When cutting or drilling into a wall or ceiling, do not damage electrical wiring and other hidden utilities.
5. Ducted fans must always be vented to the outdoors.
6. If this unit is to be installed over a tub or shower, the circuit must be marked appropriate for the application and be
connected to a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) - Protected Branch Circuit or, in European installations, to a
residual current device (RCD) having a rated residual operating current not exceeding 30 mA.
7. Never place a switch where it can be reached from a tub or shower.
8. To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not use this fan with any solid-state speed control device.
9. Insulated Air Duct contains fiber glass wool which has been classified as a possible cancer hazard by inhalation. Fiber glass
wool may cause temporary irritation to skin and or respiratory tract. Take appropriate precautionary measures when handling.
10. Fan is not intended for mounting in outside windows or walls.
11. Fan is to be installed so that the blades are more than 90.5 in (2.3 meter) above the floor.
12. Maximum -60 Pa negative pressure allowed in the room when the fan is operated simultaneously with an appliance supplied
with energy other than electricity.
13. T
his appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental
capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning
use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety. Children should be supervised to ensure that they do
not play with the appliance.
NOTE: Understand the following before beginning installation:
1. R
ead and understand both the Solatube® Brighten Up® Series and the Solatube Ventilation Add-On Kit installation
2. Follow all electrical codes and building code requirements within your jurisdiction.
3. Use appropriate safety glasses, gloves, hard hats, restraints and other equipment to avoid unnecessary accidents.
4. T
he motor is thermal protected by a thermal protector. If motor becomes jammed or if another condition causes
overheating, an internal thermal protector will cut off the circuit. For the 115 volt unit, the circuit will reset after
temperatures return to ambient.
5. U
se house wiring suitable for 90° C and run it from wall switches to Fan Motor Assembly Junction Box and/or to
Light Add-On Kit Junction Box location. Fan Motor Assembly Junction Box to be used only for wiring Solatube
Ventilation Add-On Kit or Solatube Light Add-On Kit. Fan Motor Assembly Junction Box not to be used for other
fixtures. Fan Motor Assembly suitable for residential and non-rated residential assemblies only. For supply connections
use up to (2) 14/3 cables or (1) 12/2 & (1) 12/3 cable only.
6. Use Ventilation Add-On Kit only as a component of Solatube Daylighting System products, including Light Add-On Kit.
7. Any alteration or misuse of Solatube products will void warranty.
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SPECIFICATIONS: Ventilation Add-On Kit
Fan Motor Assembly:
Moisture: 4 in (100 mm) in-line
Thermally protected
115 volt – 60Hz or optional 220-240 volt – 50Hz
0.24 Amp or optional 220-240 volt – 0.13 Amp
110 cfm (cubic feet/minute) or optional 220-240 volt – 3.25 cmm (cubic meters/minute)
IC (Insulation may contact Fan Motor Assembly)
Suitable for wet or damp locations
Flexible Duct:
1) 4 in (100 mm) diameter air duct (Class 1).
2) Local building codes may require air duct (Class 0) for certain fire-rated installations.
1) Service access is required to the Fan Motor Assembly Junction Box.
2) Space requirements: Minimum 12 1/2 in (320 mm) between ceiling joists and minimum 12 in (300 mm) vertical
clearance above ceiling is required.
3) Ventilation fan should remain on for a minimum of 10 minutes in a bathroom after a shower.
At the end of its working life, the product must not be disposed of as urban waste.
It must be taken to a special local authority differentiated waste collection center or to a dealer providing this
Disposing of a household appliance separately avoids possible negative consequences for the environment and
health deriving from inappropriate disposal and enables the constituent material to be recovered to obtain significant
saving in energy and resources. As a reminder of the need to dispose of household appliances separately, the
product is marked with a crossed-out wheeled dustbin.
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These instructions are for installing the Solatube® Ventilation Add-On Kit with the
Solatube Brighten Up® Series 160 DS (10 in/250 mm Daylighting System). The
Solatube Light Add-On Kit may also be installed in conjunction with the Ventilation
Add-On Kit. Refer to the Solatube Brighten Up Series and the Solatube Light Add-On
Kit instructions to complete the installation.
Diagram A
Step 1. Refer to the Solatube Brighten Up Series instructions, Step 1 and Step 2, to
mark ceiling and roof location of the Daylighting System.
See Optional Installation Section.
1. Ventilation Mounting Plate (page 6)
Step 3. Place Ventilation Housing Template on ceiling surface and orient one of the
locator points with the ceiling hole from Step 1. Drill 1/8 in (3 mm) hole through the ceiling
at the other locator point, and repeat Step 1 to establish clearance (Diagram B). Once
location has been established, tape template to ceiling.
Diagram B
Step 2. In the attic, look for possible mounting locations for Fan Motor Assembly. Check
that wiring can be run to the planned location. Ensure Insulated Air Duct will reach
planned location of roof or side-wall vent (Diagram A).
Step 4. Cut through Template along line and remove ceiling material. Secure
Ventilation Housing with six (6) #6 x 1 5/8 in (40 mm) drywall (ceiling) screws and
the six (6) screw backing tabs (Diagram C).
NOTE: For an air infiltration seal, apply a 1/4 in (5 mm) bead of acrylic caulk to the back
of the Ventilation Housing prior to installation.
Diagram C
Step 6. To secure Fan Motor Assembly, screw four (4) 1 in (25 mm) screws through
Mounting Brackets on Fan Motor Assembly into building structure (Diagram D).
Wraps with Foil
Duct Tape
Diagram D
Step 5. Select a suitable Fan Motor Assembly location (mounting substrate: wood,
concrete, or steel) approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 m) from intake hole toward roof or side-wall
vent. Fan Motor Assembly can be installed at any angle without affecting performance.
The embossed arrow on Fan Motor Assembly Wire Junction Box shows airflow
direction. Point the arrow away from Ventilation Housing Inlet and toward the roof or sidewall vent (Diagram D).
Step 7. Install 4 in (100 mm) Insulated Air Duct (not provided) fully extended. Run Air Duct
from Ventilation Housing Inlet to Fan Motor Assembly. On the other side of the Fan Motor
Assembly, run Air Duct to Duct Connector of ventilation exhaust pipe or optional Roof Vent
Cap (see page 5 for installation instructions on the Solatube Ventilation Roof Vent Cap). For
best venting performance, make Air Duct run as short as possible with minimum bends.
Step 8. After desired length is determined, cut completely around Air Duct with
scissors or knife. Cut wire with wire cutters (Diagram E).
Step 9. Pull back Air Duct jacket and insulation from Air Duct core. Slide at least 1 in (25
mm) of Duct over Ventilation Housing Inlet, Inline Fan Motor Assembly Inlet and Outlet
Flanges. Tape core with at least one (1) wrap of Foil Duct Tape and secure the core wires at
each connection with three (3) 1/2 in (15 mm) duct screws or rivets (pre-drill rivet holes 0.16”
(4 mm) in diameter). Pull insulated jacket over connection and secure with one (1) wrap of
Foil Duct Tape. To prevent condensation from collecting on the Ventilation Housing, form a
“P” trap shape in the duct between Ventilation Housing and Fan Motor.
At least 1” Air
Duct core over
Fan Motor
Assembly flange
1” screws used for
Mounting Bracket
Diagram E
Airflow direction arrow
on Junction Box
Step 10. Strap Air Duct to framing every 5 ft (1.5m).
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Step 13. Feed house wire cable(s), maximum 12 AWG (2.05 mm), including Earth
(ground), to Junction Box located on Fan Motor Assembly. Remove 6 in (150 mm) of
Cable Jacket and 9/16 in (14 mm) of Conductor Jacket(s). To connect cable,
knockout plugs on junction box as required. Use Cable Connector(s) provided to
fasten cable to Junction Box. Insert conductors into sleeves on Terminal Block
according to Legend: Earth (Ground) (G), Neutral (N), Line (L1 & L2) and tighten
firmly (Diagram F1). For wiring the Ventilation Add-on Kit and the Light AddOn Kit see (Diagram F2).This diagram illustrates using a separate switch for
the Ventilation Add-On Kit (L1) and the Light Add-On Kit (L2).
Step 14. Replace Junction Box cover and screws.
Return to the Solatube Brighten Up Series installation instructions and complete
through Step 14.
Diagram F2
Step 12. To open Fan Motor Assembly Junction Box cover, remove the four (4) screws.
Diagram F1
Step 11. Disconnect power before proceeding. If power disconnect switch is not in
sight, lock it in the off position, and tag it to prevent unexpected application of power.
Step 16. Complete Step 16 of the Solatube Brighten Up Series instructions. Insert
assembly through vent housing and push into top tube until ceiling ring flange is
flush with the vent housing. Rotate and tighten the four ceiling ring fastening clamps
to secure the bottom tube assembly to the Ventilation Housing.
Note: Do not overtighten fastening clamps or the diffuser may not be able to be installed.
Diagram H
Step 15. To check fit, insert bottom tube through vent housing. If necessary, rotate
bottom tube angle adaptor to make top of assembly fit into top tube and the ceiling
ring to fit flush on vent housing.
Step 17. Snap the Vent Screen onto the Ventilation Housing (Diagram H).
Note: For roof types other than composition, contact your Solatube dealer if
additional information is required.
Step 19: Locate the flashing a minimum of 5 ft (1.5 m) from an operable window or
skylight, 16 in (400 mm) from a ridge or hip, and 24 in (600 mm) from a valley. Roof
Vent Cap may be side-wall mounted.
Diagram I
Step 18. Snap diffuser onto the perimeter edge of the ceiling ring (Diagram I).
Step 20: In the attic, mark vent location by running a screw up through the roof.
Step 21: Find the location on roof and cut a 6 in (150 mm) round hole through the roof.
Step 23: With a caulking gun, apply a 1/2 in (15 mm) bead of roof sealant (not provided)
around the underside of the flashing base.
Step 24: Secure the flashing with four (4) screws (2 in (50 mm) recommended, not provided)
at least 1 in (25 mm) from edge of flashing flange. Seal all screw heads with sealant.
Ventilation Cap
Diagram J
Step 22: Using flat bar, loosen the asphalt sealing tabs of the shingles and carefully pull
out the staples or nails above the midpoint to the upper edge of the hole. Remove
enough shingles to expose the roofing felt.
Step 25: When securing Insulated Air Duct to Ventilation Cap, use the Duct Connector
(Diagram J). Thread flanged end of the Duct Connector to the Roof Vent Cap by turning
it counterclockwise into the vent opening on the underside of the flashing. Flange will
lock into place after (1) revolution. Connect Air Duct per instructions above.
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Roofing Felt
Duct Connector
(turn counterclockwise)
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