A customer of mine would like to convert his leaking electric water heater to gas. He has the gas line already to the area where the current heater is (he wanted to convert to gas when his current heater went bad when he installed the gas lines in his house) I will obviously need to vent this heater. Can a conventional gas heater be vented through a wall instead of the roof or is a power vent unit required for that situation? If vented through the wall, does the vent have to be run all the way up the side of the house past the roof line or can it be terminated shortly after it exits the wall (keeping in mind conventional gas not a power vent)? I was reading a rheem installation manual i had laying around and it just mentions that if vented through the wall it must be 6 inches away from any combustible materials, no mention of having the vent run up the side of the house. There is no chimney in the house. I've only converted gas to electric not the other way around. What's the best thing to do here? The existing heater is located at the front wall of the basement.
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