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Noise reduction strategy for my power vented water heater

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Jeff says:
August 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm
 
Hello,
I am seeking a noise reduction strategy for my power vented water heater. It is in a closet in the basement and we recently added walls and a bedroom near the utility room with the vented water heater. It sounds like a small jet engine every time hot water is run. Would acoustic foam help? Any other solution ideas would be very much appreciated!
Thank you,
-Jeff
asked in Gas Water Heater by darekrudy (21,730 points)
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Hi Jeff,
Some of the brands of the power vented water heaters have noisy motors and there’s not much you could do with it (I checked 6unit condo building once and they all had the same noise issue).
 
You could try to contact the manufacturer for a replacement motor or fan blades (those are sometimes responsible for the noise too). I wouldn’t use any foam to quiet it down because it might cause the motor to overheat and fail / cause a fire. If it sounds like a “jet engine” – it isn’t normal.
answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)
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