I was sold on these by an electrician friend who swore by them. Yes, it is quiet but that's not my highest concern when ventilating a bathroom. Especially when the ballast goes bad and you find out Panasonic only sells the ballast as part of the complete lamp base - essentially everything you see when you remove the cover. To date the best price I have found for the ballast is $90 plus shipping-not available locally. Today, I can buy the same fan new on EBay for $115 shipping free.
I have two of these fan units and both have had bad ballasts. The first was replaced under warranty and the second I'm paying for after not quite two years in service.
The irony is that these units replaced two better ventilating, much cheaper, slightly nosier USA made models which never had any ballast issues.
This is Panasonic sticking it to the consumer.
(4 customers reviews)
Customers Rating=3.0 / 5.0
More Detail For Panasonic FV 08VQL4 WhisperLite 80 CFM Ceiling Mounted Fan Light Combination
- Motor/Blower: Power Rating of 120 volts and 60 Hz
- Motor/Blower: Motor equipped with thermal-cutoff fuse
- Housing: Detachable 4-Inch diameter duct adapter
- Grille: Attaches directly to housing with torsion springs
- Light: Two 18 watt electronic ballast compact fluorescent lamps included. Plus one 4 watt night-light included