Gas DHW heater questions

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by Trouthead, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Trouthead

    Trouthead New Member

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    Looking at a gas hot water heater to replace a Marathon electric that is going to go to a rental house of mine with a lower element in its heater that has failed and is so carroded I can't get it out without breaking the tank.

    Can a gas heater go in a closet that held the electric? Are powervents more efficient? Is there any point in going to a tankless? Are Vertex heaters more $$ than 2 60 year olds would ever save in efficiency?
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    You have the issue of a flue pipe, and if in a closet, there must be louvered ventilation inlets both high and low. If the closet is in the bedroom...that is no-go for gas.
  3. Trouthead

    Trouthead New Member

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    are there direct vent heaters that draw outside air for combustion?
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