Gas power vent water heater replacement


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Old 02-23-14, 05:16 AM
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Gas power vent water heater replacement

I have a 7 year old Power Vent gas water heater with 4" PVC vent to side of the house. What options do I have if I need to have it replaced?

From utility room to side of the house is about 26', it's impractical to vertical vent to roof.

Is outdoor tankless an option for single family house? It seems running flexible gas and PEX water lines from utility room to outside is not difficult. There are joists from utility room to side of the house. The existing 4" PVC vent could be used to run gas or water lines.

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Old 02-23-14, 05:37 AM
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Hello..

Replacement is as sinple as a direct swap..An AO smith DV runs in the $800 buck range..

Tankless usually requires a dedicated gas line because most are 199K BTU's. IMO the min that should be installed... Plus the usints are quite pricey..

Many drawbacks to the tank less too so do your homework...
 
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Old 02-23-14, 11:06 AM
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Mike,

Do you mean AO smith Power vent? I thought DV needs stainless steel vents, my existing vent is single 4" PVC.

How is quality of AO smith PV compared with Rheem, GE and Sears?

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Old 02-23-14, 03:55 PM
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Yes I meant power vent... I use and only install AO smith... I have serviced every make and model out there pretty much. AO smith IMO is far superior as well as service and customer service goes...
 
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Old 02-24-14, 04:26 AM
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Direct Vent HW is new to me, it seems DV is quieter, has less parts and more reliable compared with PV.

Where is the best place to get DV vent pipes?

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Old 02-24-14, 04:39 AM
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DV is a specific water heater model and comes with everything. But it needs to be an certain distance to an outside wall to install.

Here is a cheap powervent..

GPVT-40 - AO Smith GPVT-40 - 40 Gallon - 50,000 BTU ProMax Power Vent Residential Gas Water Heater (NG)

You can get locally at furgusons. They sell to the public...

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Old 02-25-14, 04:40 AM
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I'm convinced that Power Vent is still my best option due to distance between utility room to side wall (26').

The basement is finished between utility room and side walls, installing Direct Vent is not as simple as I thought (clearances, supports, termination).

PEX supply seems a good supplier with good prices and free shipping.

I did read good reviews for A.O. Smith water heaters.

I didn't know there is a Furgusons store near my home, but I could not find water heater on their web site.

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Old 02-25-14, 04:51 AM
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After you find the location near you, it needs to be a plumbing facility... Some are just showrooms and such... Call and ask for a price...




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