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Powervent removal possiblities?

ed wallace
ed wallace Member Posts: 1,613
as Bob has stated you have other issues with your ower venter other then noise have the system checked as soon as possible soot is not a good thing


  • stacie b_2
    stacie b_2 Member Posts: 21

    I have an oil furnace with a tjernlund sidewall vent SS1. It is loud and annoying everytime it turns on. I also have a frequent smell of soot and a thin layer all over my basement. I do not have a chimney. What solutions do I have to remove the PV. I hate it.
  • Bob Bona_4
    Bob Bona_4 Member Posts: 2,083
    you do have

    the best set up as it goes when it comes to PV'ing. Soot should not be happening inside the house. You may have issues like lack of combustion air, poorly tuned burner, etc., so try to have that stuff checked.

    The noise issue cannot totally go away, but it's important that the PV blower wheel is clean so it's not running out of balance. The ultimate solution is conversion to a chimney-masonry or B vent.
  • stacie b_2
    stacie b_2 Member Posts: 21

    I have a furnace guy coming today. Feb 15. I have an opening for a chimney in the basement and a little enclosed area outside on the side of my house. I just don't have the masonry chimney. Do I need that? Can I put in any other gravity fed or louvre system?
  • Bob Bona_4
    Bob Bona_4 Member Posts: 2,083
    it would be

    less expensive and more space conserving to have a metal chimney installed than a masonry one. If you are not PVing, you will need a source of natural draft to get the fumes out. Usually in the form of a vertical pipe, sized correctly, terminating above the house structure to code.
  • Jack
    Jack Member Posts: 1,047
    I represent Tjernlund

    You are having combustion air issues which will continue if you put a chimney in, unless you provide adequate combustion air to the furnace. You should not have soot inside with a PV. Your PV has an adjustable post purge timer to continue operating after the burner shuts off to ensure flue gases are totally expelled to the outside of the home. Power venters require maintenance. 100% of the oil and air mixture going thru the burner goes thru the power venter. It is a hostile environment and the pv must be cleaned when the furnace is cleaned. Annual maintenance is good for your fuel bill. The wheel must be cleaned if it gets dirty. Lack of combusiton air guarantees that the heating appliance, and the power venter will soot up. Once the blower wheel is sooted up it will, if not cleaned get out of round, make noise and the air/fuel mixture will deteriorate and unfortuantely, you will feel, justifiably, as you now do.
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