07:24AM | 03/12/01
Member Since: 03/11/01
4 lifetime posts
I have a water heater in the basement that vents exhaust gases up a chimney. The chimney is only used for this purpose. My Furnace side vents to the outside of the house through a side wall using PVC pipe.
Is it possible to side vent the Water Heater also, as I wish to remove the chimney from the attic for conversion of the attic?
We do not have fire places etc so the chimney is pretty useless.


11:06AM | 05/16/01
Member Since: 05/15/01
6 lifetime posts
My understanding is that only some of the water heaters can be side vented. You may be able to do the side venting if you use a power venting system which inserts a blower to exhaust the gases, but I'd check first with your HVAC pro before doing so.

Jay J

06:14PM | 05/16/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi winneymj,

I think integradad is right. I have a Power Vent HWH in my house. It's ducted w/PVC right through the ribbon board. Once outside, by BOCA Code, it was 'terminated' 18" above ground for snow buildup reasons.

Do check w/a Pro first. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator



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