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New Bradford White PV50 gas water heater installation

Power vent water heater, not Power Ranger

As many of us begin to spend more time in our homes, we will inevitably look to increase the livable space available. If you’re lucky enough to have a basement, this presents an excellent opportunity to quickly expand the usable footprint of the home. A potential challenge to this strategy can be the location of your home comfort equipment, appliances like your furnace or boiler and your water heater. Depending on the age of the equipment, older models require close proximity to a chimney in order to exhaust waste combustion gas (assuming you are using natural gas, propane or oil as a fuel source). This limits your layout options when looking to finish the basement, which can be a problem. Luckily, there are some options, like upgrading to more modern equipment that doesn’t require chimney access, equipment like a power vent water heater.

Getting sent to the corner, sometimes it’s a good thing

Today, we were able to remain close to home with a project in Fraserville, just under and hour north of Port Hope.  Our client was looking to move their conventional water heater to the corner of their basement, away from the chimney. The solution, a brand new Bradford White power vent 50 gallon natural gas water heater that could be exhausted through the side of the house versus the existing chimney. Let’s take you through the steps:

  • We started by turning off both gas and water to the old tank and draining it.
  • We then disconnected disconnected both the water supply and the gas supply and removed the tank.
  • We capped the old chimney exhaust and extending the water and gas piping to the new location..
  • We brought in the new Brandford White power vent water heater and placed it in the new location.
  • We then attached new water and gas fittings and attached the new water lines and gas line to the tank.
  • We cut a new exhaust hole through the side of the home and placed a newly constructed PVC exhaust pipe through the hole, connected to the new water heater.
  • We then filled the tank and connected it to power.
  • The next step was to set the tank to the appropriate target temperature and fire it up to check for leaks in the gas connection.
  • We headed outside and cleaned up the exhaust exit for aesthetics.
  • Back inside for a full clean up and water test at the taps.

And thats all there is to it. If you’re not satisfied with your current water heating system, or you just need a plumber in Peterbrough area, or any of our service areas, give us a call to find out your options.

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