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  • Mickjorr

    I'm quickly going crazy trying to figure out what kind of gas water heater to install in my basement. I had an energy audit and the guy said I need to install either a direct vent, power vent tank or tankless water heater. Because I have an old house with 1/2" water I was told I can't use an on demand water system and would have to use a tank. Now I heard from a number of people that power vents are noisey. Noisey where? Inside our outside. How noisey? Like a hair dryer? What? I don't want to install it if it's going to be that noticible. Help! I need a quick answer. Thanks, Mick

  • #2
    Re: Mickjorr

    i would say it is not as loud as a hair dryer on low unless the fan is going bad
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    • #3
      Re: Mickjorr

      Talk to Tankless. Tankless , you out there?

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      • #4
        Re: Mickjorr

        My power vents, both HW tank and Furnace are extremely quiet. A little maintenance each year, no biggy, works great for me. I took out my chimney, because that was even more maintenance.
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        • #5
          Re: Mickjorr

          What type of water heater do you have currently? Electric? Regular flue gas?

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          • #6
            Re: Mickjorr

            Right now I have a 50 gal Gas water heater that I need to replace. It's hooked up directly to the chimney. My auditor said that's not good enough. Mick

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            • #7
              Re: Mickjorr

              Is it a masonry chimney? Is that why your auditor said that's not good enough? Natural gas will produce a ton of water when burned, this water will eventually destroy a chimney, especially if it doesn't have a clay liner (just bricks). Stainless steel flexible chimney liner will fix that problem (in Toronto) and you can use a regular gas water heater (maybe even keep the one you have currently). Check with your auditor about a liner.

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              • #8
                Re: Mickjorr

                Actually, it has to do with I'm sealing up my house and he is thinking I'm going to blow back because of negative pressure. That's why he wants me to put in a power vent or tankless water heater. But I can't put in an on demand heater because of my 1/2" water supply. The boiler is connected to the chimney and is working properly. It's just the water heater that needs to be replaced.

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                • #9
                  Re: Mickjorr

                  Hmmm...sounds kinda bizarre to me...if the boiler is working ok in that chimney....in any event ....let's see what others say.

                  Did you get a second opinion from another gas installer?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Mickjorr

                    If you have a boiler then look into an indirect water heater, Super-Stor or Amtrol are what we use but there are many others.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Mickjorr

                      Mick,

                      Some powervent water heaters are noisey for sure. If the auditor is telling you to replace the tank just to lower the air infiltration that's a bunch of crap. For that reason why not change the boiler too?

                      You can get a PV heater that brings in combustion air but not really worth the extra expence IMO unless you are already having negative pressure issues. Besides, wall termination kits are always ugly.

                      Listen to NHMaster and put the money towards an indirect fired heater instead of powervent. It will last twice as long as any PV on the market today. Most PV's are garbage and are plagued with problems.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Mickjorr

                        i'm confused

                        isn't a tankless, an on demand heater

                        if the 50 has worked for all these years, continue with the 50 tank

                        rick.
                        phoebe it is

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                        • #13
                          Re: Mickjorr

                          Rick. Shhhhhhhh, we're trying to sell this guy something.
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