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JMelton

11:10AM | 02/04/02
Member Since: 02/03/02
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The Gas Water Heater in my house (1996 Vintage) is constantly going out on windy days. I'm not talking about the pilot light going out. I mean, I have been in the garage on windy days and have heard it get blown out while it is heating the water. The vent pipe is a straight vertical run about 8 feet long, with a storm cap on the top. Does anybody have any idea of what I can do to stop this? There have been days where I will re-light the pilot and turn the valve to on, the burner will come on to heat the water, and no sooner do I put the matches up and it gets blown out again.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Iceman

12:23PM | 02/04/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear J,
For some reason you are experiencing a drastic down draft. There are a number of caps on the market to stop this. I had to put one on the chimney on my fireplace. When the wind blew the right way it came down the chimney and blew hot ashes all over the place. Sit tight and I,ll see if there's an avenue on the net.
Len

Iceman

12:43PM | 02/04/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear J,
After you try what Mr.K said, go to http://www.fluesystems.com/
These people are based in Europe nad it's where I got my chimney cap. The chimney in my home is built to specs. After consulting with a few contractors and weather people, I found that my house, due to location, is in an extreme low pressure area and the thermals are what cause the downdraft here. It's weird but true.
Len

JMelton

01:37PM | 02/04/02
Member Since: 02/03/02
2 lifetime posts
The length of the vent pipe might be longer than 8'. It looks like it is sticking out about 4' from the garage roof. We have a 1.5 story cape styled house, with a bonus room above the garage. The roof pitch on the garage is VERY steep, and towers well above the top of the vent. The other drawback is that the roof of the garage, and the house wall create a pocket that traps the wind. If I were to extend the vent pipe IAW Drawing# 1 on the Duratech site. I would have to put guy wires on the pipe to keep it standing up.

[This message has been edited by JMelton (edited February 04, 2002).]

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