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Direct Vent Water Heaters in Durham and the Triangle, NC Area
When you look for a new water heater, you’ll find much is made of what kind of fuel it uses, or whether or not it has a tank. These are all important questions, of course, and will affect how the system operates in your home. If you’re using a combustion-based system, though, it’s just as important that you know what kind of exhaust method the water heater is using.
One Call Plumbing installs and services direct vent water heater systems of all kinds in Durham, NC. If you need a direct vent water heater installed, repaired, maintained, or replaced, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians, who are “blending technology with traditional values.”
What Is a Direct Vent Water Heater?
In order to understand what a direct vent water heater is, you need to know a little bit about what water heaters that are not direct vent do with their exhaust. Normally, a combustion water heater will pull air near the bottom of the system into itself to help fuel the burner assembly. The gases rise through the system, up through a draft hood and all the way through a pipe to the roof, where they vent out into the atmosphere. This works fine under most circumstances, but it does create the opportunity for two issues to occur:
- Backdrafting: A backdraft is what happens when a change in air pressure forces combustion gases back down and out of the draft hood. This can cause the air around the water heater to become toxic, due to the presence of combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide.
- Negative Air Pressure: As the water heater draws air into itself from the surrounding room, it creates a disparity in air pressure that causes more air to be sucked in from outside the home. This can cause issues for climate control and indoor air quality.
A direct vent water heater gets all of its air for combustion from outside the building, using a dedicated vent pipe. It also vents the combustion gases out of the home using the same pipe. With a direct vent water heater, you don’t have to worry about backdrafting or negative air pressure.
We Install and Service Direct Vent Water Heaters in Durham, NC
Installing a direct vent water heater can take a little bit of extra construction work. As we mentioned above, it’s not exactly a standard water heater configuration. However, we believe it’s well worth the added investment to have a safer and more energy efficient water heater system. If you need a direct vent water heater installed or replaced, one of our expert technicians can help you out.
We also offer a full range of maintenance and repair services for these systems. As with all water heaters, it’s vitally important that you take good care of yours by scheduling professional services on a regular basis. Annual maintenance will help to keep repair costs low, by allowing your technician to catch problems early. If a problem does occur, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with the best water heater repair services in Durham, NC.
Contact us today to request an estimate on water heater services in Durham, NC and the surrounding area.