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Power Vent Water Heater

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Wooden Head, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Wooden Head

    Wooden Head Member

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    I have a power vented 40 gallon propane water heater that is around 12 years old. I know that it won't be long before it will need replacement. I've looked at new water heaters and found there is a $200 TO $300 premium for the power vent models. Can the power vent fan on the old unit be put on a standard vent water heater?

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  2. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    No, the power vent has a special design that allows the burner to light and operate properly with a high draft induced by the power vent design. May I suggest adding a new anode to your existing heater to possibly entend the life if it's not already having issues?

    I suggest here:

    http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/
  3. Wooden Head

    Wooden Head Member

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    Thanks for the information. I'll check the website.

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