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Old 12-21-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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Hey Guys I currently have my hot water heater flue exiting out from my basement into my chimney. My problem is that my chimney is falling apart so I wasnted to tear it down. My question is can I have my hot water heater flue run about 5 feet straight across my basement and exit the side of my house? Or could I have the flue exit out side my house where my current furnace exits out the side of my house? Any imput on this would be great thank you so much in advance.

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Old 12-21-2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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That's how it is at my parents' house. Most likely requires a blower if you don't have one already.

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Old 12-21-2009, 06:26 PM   #3
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Heres a picture of my current setup:
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single exhaust flue on furnace?
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That water heater requires you get a power venter to sidewall vent it.

So it becomes a better option to get a direct vent water heater, then to get the power venter. Since many of them become very loud.
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How old is the current tank. If over 6-8 yrs old I would consider an electric tank even if you have to put in a electrical subpanel. Direct vent water heaters are EXPENSIVE and don't last longer than regular ones. Power venting that one would be very expensive and complicated.
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Pictures say a thousand words..1st to go with a new power vented tank equipped with a vapour sensor,you risk having no hot water due to sensor shutting tank down due to conditions of bsmt,ie:moisture,sewer gas, whatever,that looks like a REAL bsmt.2nd direct vent ,unless the vent termination was relocated ,which it could be ,i would'nt want to punch a hole thru chim to accommodate venting. mm..ya..
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Call the local city/county inspector and find out if it's even legal in your area. They will tell you how to do it and comply with local codes.
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Call the local city/county inspector and find out if it's even legal in your area. They will tell you how to do it and comply with local codes.
removed. Call a couple of reputable ,licensed HVAC companies and get quotes.Basically u have 3 options.power vent.direct vent,or if thats a masonary chimney ,drop a 4 inch liner down and go with conventional..leave the political monkeys out of it,they probably don't have a clue anyway..just a thought..

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Hey Guys I currently have my hot water heater flue exiting out from my basement into my chimney. My problem is that my chimney is falling apart so I wasnted to tear it down. My question is can I have my hot water heater flue run about 5 feet straight across my basement and exit the side of my house? Or could I have the flue exit out side my house where my current furnace exits out the side of my house? Any imput on this would be great thank you so much in advance.

Can you take a picture of your furnace venting and post it?

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