Convert draft vent WH to power vent?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by code0, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. code0

    code0 New Member

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    I had my water heater replaced last December with a Ruud PH2-40PF (the old one finally got a leak). I replaced my furnace and A/C about a month ago - the A/C died and the furnace was about 30 years old.

    Anyway, the new furnace is a 95% direct vent model and all I have on the current chimney is the WH. At some point, I'd like to remove the chimney (the house is 50 years old - I think the current chimney is just metal vent pipe with no brick).

    Is there any way to add a power vent to this model, or does the unit need to be replaced with one that was designed for a power vent from the factory? Thanks!

    I will say right now that I had a draft vent unit installed since the old one was under home warranty and I couldn't afford the cost difference at the time. A new WH for $60 installed was a good deal in the winter.
  2. no way

    you are out of luck.....

    you cant do that legally.
  3. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Like MPM said you can't do it.
  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    The control and safety circuits for a power vent are so complicated that the cost to retrofit them to an existing furnace would likely exceed the cost of a new furnace. Also, because it would be impossible to get AGA or GAMA certification on a retrofitted furnace, there are legal, code, and insurance issues. There may be companies who tell you they can do this. I would not go there.
  5. dubldare

    dubldare Plumber/Gasfitter

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  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Looks like commercial stuff. I would stand by my comment that the cost to put this on a residential unit would be prohibitive. Probably need a new gas valve, because the typical water heater gas valve does not have any kind of interface connections necessary for the safety circuits.
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