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I called sears about my water heater and they told me that i needed to contact a chimney professional because there was a blockage that was causing my water heater to shut off. I did that he charged me 1100 dollars i had hot water for 9 hours and the piolt light went out again. I'm in total distress

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If the flue is blocked fumes would come back down the flue and smother the flame on the water heater ? so pilot going out could be blocked pilot or thermocouple not working what is the make and model of your water heater.........

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Why is water coming out of my furnace exhaust pipe?


When natural gas or propane burns, water vapor is given off within the flu gasses so a bit of condensation in, off and around the flu discharge is quite normal. If it is a high efficiency furnace with the pvc flu pipe, they must be pitched properly BACK TO the furnace so the moisture will drain backwards and out a drain tap at the bottom of the riser. That style of furnace will have TWO drains...one up high for the air conditioner coil and one about 16" up from the bottom of the furnace off of the 'condensing coil' that the flue gasses pass through to extract a much greater amount of heat from the burned gas.

Many flu pipes are installed incorrectly which causes water to drip outside instead of back to the furnace and this usually results in huge icicles hanging off of them in the winter and eventually the partial blockage causes the flu's pressure switch to open.

If you have regular galvanized flu pipe, you have less than a 90% high efficiency furnace and the resultant flu gas temperature is much higher with a much greater quantity of water vapor in it. A little condensation is somewhat normal on the top of the flu cap as the hot moisture laden vapor comes in contact with the cold and dry outside air. If the moisture is all over the galvanized flu pipe in the basement, you are possibly venting into an oversized and unlined masonry chimney. IF that's the case, the chimney should really be lined with a flexible liner and properly connected to the furnace and water heater (if gas fired) with the proper connections and configuration.

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I had problems with my chimney with natural gas and wondering what I need to do was told ventilation not up to code and chimney violation... concerned with this since my home gets really cold


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Fl3 code. heater working fine when i closed last year. will not start this year. showing fl 3- does not ignite , does not do anything ..help please


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Spillage at A.Cold chimney A.Allow heater to operate 5 minutes to create draft action.

draft hood B. Vent pipe pitches down to chimney B. Reinstall vent pipe to pitch up from heater to chimney.

C. Blocked chimney C. Remove blockage.

D. Draft hood altered D. Install factory-provided draft hood.
E. Prefabricated chimney with incorrect cap E. Install a Nationally Recognized Testing Lab (NRTL) listed vent


http://www.jandy-downloads.com/pdfs/Lite2_LJ_IO_H0248900F.pdf

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I have a 3 year old ge smartwater gas water heater. in our ontario winters, the gravity vented unit spills exhaust into the basement because the pipe and chimney get too cold after the heater is off for...


Id try raising the chimney until you can get the smoke from a piece of paper to get sucked up under the draft hood. I believe theres a different problem then a cold pipe.raising the chim.might not be the answer.

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When the hot water heater is running water leaks from the chimney. the pipe from the heater to the chimney is dry upon removal. about 3 gals. of water leaks from the chimney with two showers.


If I understand correctly, your Bock gas water heater vent is causing water to leak down into chimney.
This is a very serious concern

Water leaking from water heater flue indicates improper venting.
The hot air gasses from water heater combustion contain water vapor, but the gas should vent out of house before condensate forms on pipes.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html#flue

The problem might be caused by a power vented furnace that pushes vent air from furnace down into flue pipe for water heater. As a result, the water heater doesn't vent properly.
There could also be a clog.
Light a match under water heater draft hood and see if smoke from match travels instantly upward.

There are two major concerns.
1) If vent is not working, it means that odorless CO gas is entering home instead of venting outdoors.
CO carbon monoxide is deadly poison.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CO_poisoning
This is a very serious concern
You can buy CO detector after vent is repaired.

2) Water condensate will eventually rust away vent pipes because of acidic content of the combustion vapor. It can be expensive to replace pipes, and pipes with holes pose risk of CO poisoning.

My suggestion is call a qualified plumber ASAP and explain what you observe.
Plumber will want to inspect the vent pipes, and may want to extend water heater vent pipe up further inside chimney so furnace is not pushing air back into water heater vent.
Plumber may also find blockage somewhere in the vent stack or chimney.
Also post on a professional water heater forum like the Tank to double check anything the plumber says to you. These are the pros.
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/

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