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80%+ vent terminations in cupolas

bob youngbob young Posts: 2,148Member ✭✭✭
WHAT does manufacturer recommend
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  • TimcoTimco Posts: 2,736Member ✭✭✭


    So I have a water heater & Furnace both 80% condensers with fan assist. Each terminates into a different cupola. The water heater has a steady stream of clear water come back down from the chase when it runs and the furnace has the classic green oxidized water streaming back.(copper cupolas) Should these terminate outside and not into the cupolas? WH is run in ABS and the furn in sch 40.

    Tim
    Working on steam and hot-water systems isn't rocket science....it's actually much harder.
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  • dondon Posts: 66Member
    What is

    What is a cupola? TIA.
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  • TimcoTimco Posts: 2,736Member ✭✭✭


    MFG says in manual to terminate outside, no mention of cupola. I will have to call. Cupola is a box on the roof to hide pipe terminations. These are copper...

    Tim
    Working on steam and hot-water systems isn't rocket science....it's actually much harder.
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  • leelee Posts: 458Member


    Think old barn, the thinga t the top. Usually had weather vane mounted to it.
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  • bob youngbob young Posts: 2,148Member ✭✭✭
    termination point

    i think you might have answered your own question, Tim. if the air is restricted sh*t happens----sometimes lol what say tim mcelwyn, the gas expert.
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  • I'm picturing an enclosed copper copula, capped with openings or louvers on the sides. It sounds as though the warm/moist "exhaust" is hitting and condensing on the inside of cold copper and then dripping/running back down.

    Possible "cures" -

    1.A drip pan like they have under air conditioning condenser coils and pipe the condensate away.While it could be made to work I don't see this as practical. A lot of work plus it's very likely to freeze/plug in winter.

    2. Insulate the inside of the copula so the warm exhaust would escape before condensing. (Might work?)

    3. Run the exhaust piping out the side of the copula. (Pick the pitch less visible. (Also think prevailing wind direction -I'd also insulate the exhaust where is runs through the cupola.) Probably #3 has the best chance of working. I'd discuss it with the manufacturer and see what they suggest /recommend.

    It looks like one of those jobs you want to walk away from.
    If you can fix it, you're a hero. If it doesn't work (and the odds favor this) you get all the wrath /frustration of the owner who wanted the "cute cupolas" and NOW thinks it's your fault they don't work.

    Is running a "normal" exhaust installation not viable?

    - Rod
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  • TimcoTimco Posts: 2,736Member ✭✭✭


    Thanks for the ideas. #3 is my plan, and Wednesday I will measure runs & count 90's then call mfg. I like being the hero so I will take this on...

    Tim
    Working on steam and hot-water systems isn't rocket science....it's actually much harder.
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