Danger in Your Bedroom or Bathroom

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The gas code has recently been updated and has outlawed certain installation configurations due to the danger of CO poisoning.  I am writing about this because many homes have this danger present and are not even aware of it. When they have a problem with their rental domestic hot water tank, they call in Direct Energy and DE shuts off the furnace and water heater and red tags their appliances. They do this because of a new rule in the code that states that if your furnace room has a door directly into a bedroom or bathroom, all the appliances must be direct vent. Direct vent means that each appliance ( Furnace and Water Tank) must have 2 pipes to the outside, one that brings in fresh air to the appliance and one that exhausts the fumes. A bedroom is any room with a bed or couch that can be opened up into a bed even if no one sleeps there. Most water tanks are not direct vent. Replacing a standard water tank with direct vent is costly. I would go check my furnace room right now and see if I have this problem so you can correct it before your gas gets shut off when you least expect it.

The following is  a photo of a Direct Vent Water Heater.

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