help - water heater venting issue with direct energy - Update No hotwater!
What are my options? Do i have to just swallow this cost?
Update - Post 12
Jul 30th, 2011 7:50 pm
Jul 30th, 2011 8:42 pm
Jul 30th, 2011 9:12 pm
Aug 1st, 2011 12:59 am
Aug 1st, 2011 9:28 am
Aug 1st, 2011 12:42 pm
I think you should read the rental agreement.
...Our commitment includes:
Service and repair of the water heater with no service charges or parts replacement charges except in the following circumstances:
iii) where venting, piping, wiring, plumbing, and/or electric service requires cleaning, repair or replacement;
Aug 1st, 2011 1:43 pm
Aug 1st, 2011 8:23 pm
Aug 1st, 2011 10:21 pm
Spike99 wrote: ↑Aug 1st, 2011 8:23 pm.
Unknown to some, there's 3 different "venting" pipes that can be used on "power vent" H/W tank technologies.
1 - Regular ABS - which is now against code.
2 - There's the high temp ABS temp - which was code but is now "under code".
Note: In the older days, some techs installed regular black ABS for the cold air intake and the proper "high temp" black ABS for the exhaust pipe.
3 - There's the proper white PVC pipe. White PVC takes heat abuse and cannot split.
Within my region, the new building codes for "new" installed (including replacement of old gas furnace) is white PVC. Its available at my local H/W store for under $50 + glue.
Note: When installing (or replacing) a gas H/W tank, do ensure the utility room has "fresh air" intake as well. For example, 3" loop intake. Thus, ensuring equal air balance within the utility room. And, install smoke detectors and CO detectors in the utility room as well...
And I agree. Stay away from DE.
Aug 1st, 2011 10:41 pm
the problem is that installers would accidentally mix-up the regular ABS with 636 ABS - which looks exactly the same. Thus, both pipes were mandated at 636 rating....38racing wrote: ↑Aug 1st, 2011 10:21 pmmy understanding is that the problem with black ABS is only as an exhaust vent and therefore 636 must be used for exhaust but for air supply the black ABS is ok. The problem was the ABS would split and/or unglue due to heat of exhaustion and leak fumes. The incoming air vent does not present such heat issues and ABS should be ok.
Aug 2nd, 2011 7:15 am
Aug 2nd, 2011 9:28 am
that was exactly happened to one of the joints. It fell apart and there's chances of Co Poisoning.
Aug 2nd, 2011 5:54 pm
Not much fun, is it? This is the number one reason I don't rent - there's no guarantee that repairs will be done in an orderly manner. I'd much rather pay out of pocket and have a qualified contractor come and do the work as it is required, and they can do everything from electrical, plumbing, wall cutting, whatever it takes to get the job done. With a rented tank, I don't even have that option.
Aug 2nd, 2011 6:41 pm
Aug 2nd, 2011 7:05 pm