AO Smith water heater next door?


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Old 02-09-17, 09:18 AM
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AO Smith water heater next door?

My neighbor is gone to Fla for abit, So i keep track of a sump pump that runs continually...nother story He has a water heater medium size i was a plumber licensed at that , but there An aparatus on top that has a 3" PVC mounted to it
It runs aways down the basement wall- but can't see where. it goes.This apparatus is almost As big in dia as the heater itsself.Lines in and out normal , we live on well water around here.I can ask him next spring but thought i would come here, maybe you know what it is??Is there any ideas??? thanks much for your time. I will get closer to it again in Few days.


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Old 02-09-17, 10:54 AM
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Sounds like a power vent model that exhausts through the PVC piping through a side wall.

Pictures would likely make a positive identification.
 
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Old 02-09-17, 12:06 PM
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OK! but i always run the 3" pipe up thru the walls-[new houses]Your saying this is A just a different way to get the Natural gas exhaust outside? bob
 
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Old 02-09-17, 12:16 PM
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Sidewall venting is used when there isn't a chimney or type B vent stack. It is significantly more expensive to purchase a power vented heater but the venting itself may be less expensive. Biggest downside in my mind is that the water heater now requires 120 volt AC power (for the vent fan) to operate.
 
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thanks Furd appreciate the reply . This is the answer thank all who helped bob s
 
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I'd be far more concerned with a sump pump that is running 24/7.
 
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Old 02-10-17, 05:00 AM
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Me to Joe, That sump pit fills with water every20 minutes or so- and done so many many years .He thinks his house sets on a natural spring. quick note; He has probably purchased 8 pumps in 24 years i have been here.Nothin he can do He says- and i believe. thanks for the tips all bob s
 
 

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