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What is a power vent water heater?

A power vent water heater is a type of gas water heater that uses a fan or blower to exhaust gases from the unit out of the home. The gases are pushed through a vent pipe, allowing the system to be vented either horizontally or vertically, depending on the layout of your home.

The main advantage of a power vent water heater is that it provides greater flexibility in terms of where it can be installed, as it does not require a traditional chimney vent. This type of heater can be placed farther away from an outside wall than a direct-vent system and can be used in homes that don’t have existing chimneys.

Unlike traditional gas water heaters, power vent models don’t rely on natural draft for venting. Instead, they use a motorized blower to remove combustion gases. This can increase the efficiency of the water heater, as it reduces the amount of heat that is lost up the chimney.

However, power vent water heaters do require a source of electricity to operate the fan. They also tend to be more expensive initially than traditional water heaters, but they can provide long-term energy savings. Furthermore, the fan on a power vent water heater can be noisier than a traditional gas water heater, which might be a consideration for some homeowners.

At Water Heater Doctor, we can provide expert advice on the best type of water heater for your specific needs, considering factors such as the layout and size of your home, your hot water requirements, and your budget. We provide professional installation and service to ensure your water heater performs optimally and safely.

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