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Power Vent Water Heaters

Access to hot water is essential for many of our day-to-day activities. From showering to washing dishes, we rely on hot water to keep ourselves, our homes, and our clothing clean.

There are many different types of water heaters available, and understanding the pros and cons of each can help you make the best decision for your unique needs.

All Comfort Services’ team of expert plumbers provides the professional water heater services you need to ensure your systems are in proper working condition. From repair and replacement to installation and maintenance, there’s no job too complex for our team to handle.

Contact us today to schedule water heater services in your home.

What Is a Power Vent Water Heater?

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Power vent water heaters have quickly become the standard for newly constructed homes, equipped with built-in fans that push the exhaust gas out of the vent through a powered fan.

Because of their unique construction, power vent water heaters are virtually impossible to backdraft. That means the risk for carbon monoxide problems caused by your water heater is significantly lower with a power vent water heater than its counter part, the direct vent water heater.

Venting systems are necessary to prevent flue gases from accumulating in your water heater. These gases largely consist of water vapor and carbon dioxide. The vapor becomes acidic and needs to be released to relieve combustion pressure and prevent the water heater from exploding.

Power vent systems are an excellent option for protecting the integrity of your water heater.

Common Power Vent Water Heater Issues

Power vent water heaters are generally reliable. However, as with all types of water heaters, some issues can arise occasionally. These include:

  • Pilot lights: Pilot lights may fail to ignite because of clogs, faulty thermocouples, or problems with the gas supply.
  • Diminished or no hot water: Faulty thermostats, sediment, and damaged heating elements can prevent the unit from generating sufficient hot water.
  • Odd noises: Rumbling, popping, or banging sounds are typically caused by sediment buildup in the tank.
  • Leaks: Leaks can be caused by corrosion, a faulty T&P valve, damaged gaskets, or loose components. 

Is your power vent water heater malfunctioning? Contact All Comfort Services to schedule service.

Benefits of Regular Water Heater Maintenance

Power vent water heaters are sophisticated machines that require regular maintenance. Staying on top of preventative maintenance helps preserve the unit’s energy efficiency. This saves you money by reducing your monthly utility bills.

It also helps keep the system in good condition, which protects it from damage and the subsequent need for repairs. 

The most important benefit is improved safety. Regular maintenance allows a licensed and insured technician to inspect and resolve problems before gas leaks, water leaks, and other issues endanger your health or home.

At All Comfort Services, our expert technicians can perform all required preventative maintenance. Our attention to detail and thorough maintenance procedures will keep your power vent water heater in excellent condition all year.

Contact All Comfort Services at (608) 440-9042 today to schedule preventative water heater maintenance in Madison, WI.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Power Vent Water Heaters

Like all water heater systems, there are pros and cons for power vent water heaters that can help you determine if such a system is right for your home. Consider these before switching to a power vent water heater:

  • Backdraft: As mentioned above, power vent water heaters are virtually impossible to backdraft, protecting your home from potential carbon monoxide poisoning from your water heater.
  • Efficiency: Power vent water heaters are notoriously energy-efficient, using less fuel than other available venting systems.
  • Flexibility: Rather than using a vent that runs through the middle of your home, power vent manufacturers allow for longer runs on the vent, so you can place the unit virtually anywhere that’s most convenient.
  • Performance: Power vent water heaters can provide hot water faster than alternative options.
  • Noise: These systems are noisy right out of the box and don’t get better as time goes on, presenting potential problems for homeowners.
  • Electricity: Power vent water heaters are required to be plugged into an outlet, which can cause the need for electrical outlet installation, driving up the cost of initial installation.
  • Cost: Power vent systems run about 75% more expensive than other venting systems, on average.
  • Warranty: These units feature a much shorter warranty period, with most featuring a warranty of just six years compared to other units.

If you’re still unsure about whether a power vent water heater is right for your home, contact a local professional to get the expert guidance you need.

Our Power Vent Water Heater Services

Power Vent Water Heater Installation

The team at All Comfort Services will help you identify the optimal power vent water heater for your needs. Because of the design, we have greater installation flexibility and can install the system in a range of spaces.

Our team will carefully install your new water heater, calibrate it for optimal energy efficiency, and show you how to maintain the system properly.


Power Vent Water Heater Repair

Power vent water heaters can require many of the same repairs as conventional and tankless water heaters. When your water heater malfunctions, our licensed and insured team can thoroughly diagnose the problem and perform the necessary repairs.

As always, we adhere to the strictest safety and quality control standards, which helps ensure the durability and longevity of our repairs.


Choose All Comfort Services for Power Vent Water Heater Repair or Installation

At All Comfort Services, our team is happy to help with all your water heater service needs. Our team will provide an expert recommendation for your ideal venting system solution, delivering the highest quality water heater service for your home.

Contact us to schedule water heater installation, repair, replacement, or maintenance today.

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