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    Default Advice on Power Vented Hot Water Heaters...

    I am in the initial stages of purchasing a power vented hot water heater. Does anyone have some advice on high quality brands, what sizes they come in, how long you could vent it, etc? Thanks,

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Sep 2004
    Yakima WA


    Rheem is a good brand. There are limits on distance, elbows, and pipe size, but the new ones use smaller pipe and can go greater distance than my 10 year old one. My old one uses 4" ABS/PVC pipe, but I believe the new ones can use as small a 2" and run like 30'. You can do a search and get the precise numbers.

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    Thanks Gary, I'll check it out.

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    DIY Member Hazel's Avatar
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    Default PV water heaters

    I am in the same boat and FWIW my research came up with Bradford White as a preferred unit. The 50 Gal is around $1000 and has a pretty good efficiency factor of .62 which qualified for a $50 rebate in Seattle. It use 3" PVC vents. Check the website for sizes and specs. www.bradfordwhite.com


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