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original heater power vented and new heater not

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original heater,bradley white,was power vented through wall in garage which is where the heater is located .just had to replace it and bought a ge non power vented heater and there is the natural draft style vented system on it. can i still use this and utilize the same wall vented set up     thanks in advance for aswering my question
asked in Plumbing by firstteach824 (120 points)
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Hi Firstteach824,
 
I’m assuming that by “natural draft style vented system” you mean a draft hood, correct?
 
Unfortunately the answer is no. Natural draft type, draft hood equipped water heater cannot be transformed into a power vent operated water heater unless this particular appliance has been listed / approved by its manufacturer for such ventilation type.
 
To be absolutely sure you can simply check the installation manual, GE website, or call one of their technicians and ask about your particular model. However, if it is a natural draft type water heater, it requires a chimney to discharge exhaust gasses to exterior.
 
There is a difference in design of a natural draft water heater and attaching an induced draft motor to it can compromise proper combustion, burner operation, and even cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)
sounds like a no brainer to me . some tape on the box the new heater came in and another trip to the store never hurt anyone!!!  thank you for your answer. i have saved this site under "favorites" and no doubt will be returning for some more great advise in the future. thanks again.   tom
You are welcome Tom, come back any time you have a question.

Good luck with your project and I'm glad I was able to help.

Darek
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