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Hello everybody
I am remodeling my basement and I am adding a bathroom and a room and I have to enclose the gas water heater in a small room that does not offer enough combustion air.
It is a State gas water heater, model PR650XCVIT, 50 Gal, 40,000 BTU, power vented to the outside through a 3” PVC pipe.
According to the building code I should make two venting holes that communicate to the exterior, each with a section of 10 sq inches (1 sq “ / 4,000BTU – they will be horizontal)
The problem is that I had to put a venting pipe for the shower and the space outside the house is really crowded (there are already three vents - the venting from the dryer goes in this area too). So I am thinking of some solutions that will allow me to install only one additional PVC venting pipe for the water heater.
Right now I am thinking about two options:
1. to change the water heater’s blower with one that has two vents if the model can function with such modification, and
2. to install a PVC pipe with an electric fan at the inside end of it, fan that will run only when the heater runs. Off course I have to find the correct air output for the fan, and integrate the fan in the heater’s wirings.
Any of these two options sound ok to you? There is always the option to buy a heater that already has two power vents, but I try to keep the cost under control…
Thank you for your help!
Dorin

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