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My wife's salon has an electric water heater now, would like to go to gas.The problem is there is no easy access to the roof to vent, furnace is high efficient so it is out the side wall. Other than going with the expense of a heater with a blower is there another way. thanks in advance Andy.

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Direct vent water heater is your best option with gas - may be best to stay with electric - today's electrics are more efficient.

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Easy way to replace it


Replacing a water heater is no very difficult if you follow the steps.
1. If it is electric turn of the breaker and check to be sure it is the right breaker. If it is gas turn off the valve close to the water heater.
2. Turn off both the hot water and cold water valves
3. Drain all water out of the heater.
4. Disconnect the electric wiring if electric and if gas disconnect the gas line.
5. Disconnect both water lines which may have to be cut depending on how they are connected.
6. Now you can remove the water heater and discard.
7. Place new heater where old one was removed and reconnect both water lines and be sure you have a new pressure valve installed on the water heater.
8. At this point you can turn on water and check for leaks. you should also open a hot water faucet to purge the air out.
9. If no leaks go ahead and hook up the electric or gas lines and if gas is used turn it on and check for leaks using a leak detector or a spray bottle of soapy water and look for bubbles. If no leaks you can go ahead and light the heater according to its instructions.
10. If electric is used turn it on.
11. Take a long hot shower.

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Question posted under Reliance tank-type gas water heater.
Look at label on side of unit and add comment with brand, model and type heater, because the answer depends on which brand and type water heater you have.
Information below is for Reliance tank-type.

First of all, you need to clean the air intake located on bottom of unit.
The fact that the pilot will light indicates that you are getting gas, but the gas control might be bad, or the unit suffered FV failure from overheated combustion chamber and might require part replacement.
To get a good gauge of situation, clean the air intake first, and then add a comment.
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You're probably in for a service call and/or possibly water heater replacement if unit is more that 5-6 years old.
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