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I have a ceiling heater and light installed directly over the shower in my bathroom.  This was in the house when I purchased it six years ago.  There is no fan or exhaust going outside.  The unit is no longer working and I want to replace it with a similar unit.  Is it okay to have one of these heaters/lights directly over a shower?  I have read that they should not be installed directly over a shower, but that it how it is currently installed in my bathroom.  I would like to be able to use the existing hole in the ceiling and not have to patch it and create a new one in a different spot in the bathroom.  Thanks

Hello, Jared.

As much as you'd like to have an exhaust fan and heater in your shower, don't do it! The unit that's currently installed was probably done by the previous homeowner, and doesn't comply with safety codes relating to wet locations, i.e., tubs and showers. UL approval doesn't mean that a product can be used anywhere.

This is a direct quote from Broan on their website, in answer to a question about a heat-fan combination:

"Thank you for your question on the model QTX110HL. This model should be installed on its own, dedicated 20 amp circuit breaker. No heaters can be installed over a tub/shower location."

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I'm sorry if you're disappointed by this news. Bathroom fan-heater combinations are great. I know you'd like to avoid the expense of hiring someone to install the new unit in a different location, but it's the best option for you in the long run.

Good luck, Jared.


Diane Plesset, CMKBD, NCIDQ, C.A.P.S.
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