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How not to vent a Gas condensing boiler


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  • SuperTechSuperTech Posts: 938Member
    Lol. It just needs a little more RTV
  • nibsnibs Posts: 217Member
    Thought I locked the door before I left.
  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Posts: 2,612Member
    Do not gas condensing boilers require two "vents," one for air supply and one for exhaust, so that the differential pressure between them is extremely low?
  • nibsnibs Posts: 217Member
    My Rinnai E50 allows for using room air.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 12,875Member
    Once again- you can't fix stupid!
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  • IronmanIronman Posts: 4,972Member
    Are you kidding? What idiot did this?
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  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Posts: 5,590Member
    Any pictures of the rest of the install?
    Homeowner job?
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 5,641Member
    edited January 11
    Probably not a homeowner. Most of them have more sense.
    RTV coated flue. Must be a new design.

    I am surprised the off gassing from the curing RTV didn't take someone out.
  • GrallertGrallert Posts: 309Member
    I think that Viessmann allows for room air, I guess that's why the cover is off.
  • LeonardLeonard Posts: 816Member
    edited January 22
    that RTV burns,

    not knowing any better I used it to line a rusted exhaust suction fan cavity on a Carrier nat gas flat roof HVAC unit we owned. When I tested it red hot burning bits of red "fire-proof" RTV blew out........ I replaced it.
  • Do not gas condensing boilers require two "vents," one for air supply and one for exhaust, so that the differential pressure between them is extremely low?

    Grallert said:

    I think that Viessmann allows for room air, I guess that's why the cover is off.

    They could also have removed one or two of the rubber flaps on top of the boiler to allow air in.
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  • mikeg2015mikeg2015 Posts: 770Member
    edited February 2

    Do not gas condensing boilers require two "vents," one for air supply and one for exhaust, so that the differential pressure between them is extremely low?

    We use room air on most install of furnaces and boilers unless it’s a very tight home. Too many service calls for plugged intakes to make it worth the minimal impact or the cost of extra piping. Code requires it on some cases.

    But code book writers and inspectors don’t have to clear frozen intakes when it’s -15F outside in 2’ of snow.
  • NY_RobNY_Rob Posts: 1,369Member
    edited February 2
    If you're venting with PVC and are in an area where snow buildup/blockage is a concern, you could always install a Cleanout Tee with Cap in the intake piping and just remove the cap for as long as needed if it becomes necessary. No going outside to shovel.

    FWIW- I have read regarding mod-cons that it desirable to use outdoor air for combustion vs. indoor air whenever possible because the outdoor air is generally "cleaner".

    https://www.supplyhouse.com/Spears-P444X-030-3-PVC-DWV-Cleanout-Tee-w-Standard-Plug



  • mikeg2015mikeg2015 Posts: 770Member
    Outdoor air is cleaner so long as there’s no grass clippings. But lint and dust would be less and chemicals depending on location. Downside is bugs getting in. We’ve just found we have dramatically fewer issues using indoor air all around and of course you can offer a slightly lower installed price.

    The clean out is a good idea on longer runs.
  • SlimpickinsSlimpickins Posts: 320Member
    When it says it allows room air you first have to do the math and determine if you have enough cubic feet to allow it. You're really doing your customer a dis-service by not bring intake air into the appliance unless it's absolutely impossible.
  • LeonardLeonard Posts: 816Member
    Seems a plus to using interior air in cellar is ventilation ..... if have radon, mustiness, etc......
  • ChrisJChrisJ Posts: 9,636Member
    edited February 22
    Not that I'm defending this disaster but most red RTVs are rated to be used at 600 degrees F and the only "off gassing" would be acedic acid which smells like vinegar from the RTV curing. Once cured I wouldn't expect any smell.


    I wouldn't think you would be venting at 600+ into that vent.

    Like I said, not defending anything in that picture.
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  • mikeg2015mikeg2015 Posts: 770Member

    When it says it allows room air you first have to do the math and determine if you have enough cubic feet to allow it. You're really doing your customer a dis-service by not bring intake air into the appliance unless it's absolutely impossible.

    It’s not a disservice if there are fewer call backs that way. These are not tight construction cookie cutter modern homes.

    That combustion air gets heated regardless of where its introduced, direct or indirectly. So there no change to net system efficiency.

    We use 2 pipe where it’s nessesary. Most of these installs were previously B vent or chimney vent furnaces at one time, and most were just gravity coal furnaces before that.
  • plumbbobplumbbob Posts: 12Member
    whats wrong with it it looks great :)
  • TimcoTimco Posts: 2,904Member

    Can I play?
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  • TimcoTimco Posts: 2,904Member

    I'll add this beauty....
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  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Posts: 2,612Member
    And the inspector passed this?
  • ChrisJChrisJ Posts: 9,636Member
    > @Jean-David Beyer said:
    > And the inspector passed this?

    That's a 50 50.

    Are you surprised if one did?
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  • Leon82Leon82 Posts: 594Member
    > @Timco said:
    > I'll add this beauty....

    Is the intake teed into the exhaust?
  • ChrisJChrisJ Posts: 9,636Member
    > @Leon82 said:
    > > @Timco said:
    > > I'll add this beauty....
    >
    > Is the intake teed into the exhaust?

    EGR.
    It helps cool peak combustion temperatures which allows a leaner mixture without knocking.
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  • Leon82Leon82 Posts: 594Member
    It's like they saw a diagram of the concentric vent and moved it to there.

    That couldn't have run more than a few seconds before it started convulsing
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