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ntrainer

11:15AM | 01/08/04
Member Since: 12/15/02
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Last year we replaced our old gas furnace with a more efficient model (over 90% AFUE). The new model requires horizontal ventilation, and so pipes were installed in a soffit that leads from the utility room, through the garage, and out the side of the house.

All seemed fine, but this winter has been particularly cold and the condensation from the horizontal vent has caused a sheet of ice to form from the vent to the ground on the (brick) siding of our house.

I assume this is a problem, but perhaps not. What trouble am I asking for with this kind of semi-permanent iceflow on an exterior wall? How could I solve the problem?

CIWS

11:59AM | 01/08/04
This sounds like an abnormal amount of condensation coming out of the exhaust pipe. If properly installed, the exhaust should slope toward your furnace for the condesation to be 'trapped' and drain indoors. You may want to check that for starters. Good luck.

[This message has been edited by CIWS (edited January 08, 2004).]

Adenn1

04:32AM | 01/16/04
Member Since: 01/15/04
1 lifetime posts
I just had a high efficiency gas furnace put in and I agree with the other poster that the venting should be laid out to drain back to the furnace. The condensation is then pumped to my utility sink through a condensation pump. I suspect your venting is sloped to the outside where is collects and freezes. Check it out with a leve. In any case--call the company that put the system in to check it out.
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