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  • Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

    We have a Standard Rheem Water Heater, model: PRO40-40FV1 [See link below]
    40 Gal 40,000 BTU/H That is currently vented through the house's original chimney which needs to be removed (50+ Years old). It leaks water badly and is falling apart. The water heater is almost new (1 yr old) and works fine. We don't want to put up a new chimney or flue up the side of the house. Is there any way this water heater can be side vented? Or other way we can keep it?
    If not our only other option is to buy a new power-vented water heater ($$$)

    Thanks!

    This is the water heater:
    http://www.rheem.com/product.aspx?id...B-0294D6064957

  • #2
    Re: Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

    Sorry,
    The heater shown needs a draft/draw.
    Certain amount of feet rise to draw the gasses up and out before offsetting to a certain degree.

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    • #3
      Re: Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

      You can buy a side wall vent kit made by Tjernlund but that might cost as much as a powervent water heater.

      www.Tjernlund.com

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      • #4
        Re: Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

        go electric

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        • #5
          Re: Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

          If your water heater is near an outside wall you can go with a direct vent water heater. They are a bit more expensive, but do not require electricity to run a power vent. http://www.bradfordwhite.com/product...1&product_id=7
          Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
          A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
          Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
          Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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          • #6
            Re: Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

            Where I live we are allowed to tie the exhaust from a water heater into the furnace exhaust. Check with your local building jurisdiction to see if this is an option. Might work.

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            • #7
              Re: Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

              Why can't you run the flue straight up from the water heater?

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              • #8
                Re: Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

                Originally posted by drtyhands View Post
                Sorry,
                The heater shown needs a draft/draw.
                Certain amount of feet rise to draw the gasses up and out before offsetting to a certain degree.
                I found this out the hard way as I didn't know this about the newer water heaters. I ate that 50gal water heater and had to put in a power vent.
                Go with a power vent!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Can a standard water heater be side-vented?

                  Originally posted by plumbertim1975 View Post
                  I found this out the hard way as I didn't know this about the newer water heaters. I ate that 50gal water heater and had to put in a power vent.
                  Go with a power vent!!

                  I bet that hurt.
                  Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

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