Does the gas water heater in my laundry room require a dedicated vent?

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Sorry to break the news but, you’re all wrong! At the same time you all could be right!

I think that BuzzWaltz gives a very good explanation in his answer, but there is an exception to the rule.

There are gas burning (Power Vent) water heaters; they are generally more efficient, as well as more expensive than a standard water heater. Most of these units use a 110 volt blower system to vent the water heater and supply power to an electronic ignition system

With that being said, and given the description in the question, I would agree with BuzzWaltz and say that this is a standard standing pilot water heater.

The wires that you see are actually creating a circuit through two safety devices, namely the thermocouple, and the high limit cut-off. (Normally 200 degrees). Both devices have the ability to shut the system down in the event of a failure. If the pilot goes out, the power (in millivoltage) stops and the main burner will not open for ignition. In the event...

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By Todd Fratzel on Plumbing

Sewer Smell – Washing Machine Plumbing Trap Problem

Recently a good friend of mine asked me what might be causing his laundry room to have a sewer smell. Obviously this was a serious problem that needed to be corrected immediately. Not only are sewer gasses an unpleasant experience but they can be a safety concern. If you smell sewer gasses in your home you should try and diagnose the problem sooner than later.

I started quizzing my friend about any recent changes in their home that might have contributed to the sewer smell. He asked me if washing machine mold might be causing the smell or some type of dead rodent.

He wasn’t sure that anything had changed other than they had recently purchased a new washing machine. I knew there was likely something wrong with the plumbing trap (p-trap) which was accounting for the sewer gas smell.

The culprit ended up being the washing machine hose that was incorrectly installed by...

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Lower Merion, PA - right outside of Philadelphia.

Well, the first water heater I bought from a local heating and air conditioning firm (and plumber) was $1795, which included installation. This was for a 75-gallon water heater and it was manufactured by Bradford White.

The day after it was installed, I called the local vendor who sold it to me and installed it and said I was running out of hot water in about 10 minutes in my shower. It was only then I found out the WARRENTEE from Bradford White was worthless, and so was any guarantee from the installing plumber.

I wrote the following letters to document what happened when I thought this would be going to court. The time I wasted on this, plus the two months of cold showers me and my family endured, and the BS we got from both the Heating and Air Conditioner contracter who sold and installed the unit and from Bradford White were an injustice to paying top dollar to what I thought was a reliable vendor and...

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Most homes have several exhaust appliances. These typically include a bathroom fan (40-200 cfm), a clothes dryer (100-225 cfm), and perhaps a power-vented water heater (50 cfm), a wood stove (30-50 cfm), or a central vacuum cleaning system (100-200 cfm). But the most powerful exhaust appliance in most homes is the kitchen range-hood fan (100-1,200 cfm).

Every time an exhaust fan removes air from your house, an equal volume of air must enter. The air that enters cracks in a home’s envelope to replace air that is exhausted is called “makeup air.” Two trends affecting makeup air are causing increasing problems for homeowners: homes are getting tighter, and range-hood fans are getting more powerful.

So where does a powerful range-hood fan get its makeup air? If the house doesn't have enough random air leaks around windows, doors, and mudsills, the makeup air is often pulled backwards through water-heater flues or down wood-burning chimneys — a phenomenon called...

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When these two eventually come into the basement, they will want it to be warm!

I get it, you'd like your finished basement to be warm, toasty and comfortable even on the coldest, darkest winter nights.

You didn't build that kick ass movie theater room just so you could freeze your butt off alone!

You need it to be warm so your lady will come down and snuggle with you. Get'cha snuggle on!

So what are your options for heating your basement?

I scoured the internet for weeks, collected pages of notes and asked hundreds if not thousands of my readers what they use.

Here are my top 5 ways to heat your basement:

1. Add registers to your existing or expanded HVAC duct work. (get $$ out and your tin snips ready)
2. Buy a vented stand alone "system" to heat your basement. (like a pellet stove)
3. Buy an electric (unvented) stand-alone unit. RECOMMENDED !!
4. Buy something that can heat a small room.
5. Suck it up you big...

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Fischer et al purveryors of associated snake~oil and other alchemy advertise themselves as 'plug in storage heaters'

Originally posted by Richie-from-the-Boro”

Hey Richie, thanks for the pointer. If you google for "fischer storage heaters" the thread that I believe you had in mind comes up first, just above the Fischer's actual website

I don't stay on websites that show no prices for longer than 5 seconds but indeed they do offer pluggable storage heaters. However, in that same thread there was a mention of Suka heaters and they do list prices. Ј700 for 30cm long heater, thanks but I think I will pass

For ~Ј150 I can have a 1.7kW quality storage heater + a plug + a length of cable + a timer package.

While I'm still musing about the practicabilities of getting the storage heaters (the bulk, weight and installation hassle in a rented accommodation being the concern now) I am also trying to tackle the problem from different sides. Two ideas came to mind...

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Do you buy air filters for your house? What am I saying… of course you do. Just about everyone does.

Are you over paying for air filters?

You probably are. I did. For 7 years I overpaid.

Then last year I discovered that if I buy them here online in bulk it's much cheaper. And this year when I went to do some research for this article I discovered that some companies within the air filter industry are trying to pull a fast one on YOU!

Look - I'm not a conspiracy nut or something like that. I'm just a Dad who has a family to support and a house to keep up. I take out the trash and I change the filters - these are some of my best contributions to the house. That… and my insane knowledge of how to hook up electronics.

I know this is my basement finishing website but I thought you guys would appreciate hearing my story and getting less expensive filters (of the same quality).

First, let's start with why I'm angry at Home Depot.

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