Venting Hot Water Heater out of the Side of the House
Posted by Karen Treadwell on July 25, 2003 at 12:27:07:
Friday, July 25, 2003

My water heater is about to go. It's making bubbling sounds constantly. When my husband installed the direct vent water heater, he vented it directly out the side of the house. I'm being told by a plumber that they have never seen one like that. Direct vents are usually vented through the furnace exhaust. He says the only ones that are direct vented to the outside have a fan in them. He says since the direct vent has worked for 15 years without a fan, put in another direct vent. The only trouble we had was with the wind blowing out the pilot light occasionaly. That wouldn't happen with one with a fan.
I don't know which to chose. The direct vent that is cheaper, but may not be the correct way to have it installed or the fan vent which is $450 more? Help soon since the water heater is about to go!