Power Vent allows cold air to enter basement

The Tank Power Vent allows cold air to enter basement

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  • #7668
    bonvec
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    I have a Power Vent water heater by the American Water Heater Co. cold air pours in through the vent pipe and comes out the air intake of the fan. I had a 45 degree pvc fitting at end of pipe , I then changed it to a tee but I still see little difference in the amount of cold air entering. If I had known what a ineffiecnt heater this was I would have purchased a electric. Is there any remedy to this. Is there an add on kit that will fix this and yet not confuse my water heater into shutting down. thank you

    #7671
    Randy Schuyler
    Keymaster

    Our knowledge of power-vent heaters is somewhat limited. I think you ought to call American and ask them for a solution.

    Randy Schuyler

    #7673
    Larry Weingarten
    Participant

    Hello: This may not be a heater problem at all. If cold air is coming in the vent all the time, than air must be leaking (or being blown) out of the house somewhere else. Are upstairs windows always open? Is an exhaust fan running? If you can isolate the heater from the rest of the house, do so and see if that changes things 😎 Another possibility is that it’s wind driven. If so, the vent termination may need to be moved to above roof line. Lastly, perhaps American knows of a damper that can be safely put in the line to prevent back draft.

    Yours, Larry

    #7678
    bonvec
    Participant

    I called American they suggested the tee but it isn’t much better

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