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04-11-2005, 09:08 PM #1Regular Guest
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- Apr 2005
I have a rental gas water heater that will be orphaned with the installation of a high efficiency furnace.
I have been told by one HVAC contractor that I don't need to get a liner for the chimney if it's 'within 1 size'.
Other contractors are recommending a 4" liner.
The outside diameter of the flue pipe is 6" (by my measurement).
What would the inside diameter be? - is it 5" inside?
Is it small enough to be withing 1 size or do I really need to get a liner installed to prevent condensation damage in the chimney?
Thanks for the help.
A wary consumer.
04-11-2005, 09:22 PM #2Regular Guest
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- Apr 2004
- Niantic, Illinois
Go with the 4" liner. In my are it's code. Beyond that with a 6" flue it will tend to have a long wet cycle, this means it will condense. On a wiindy day or with the right barometric presures or even the right temp difference from the chimney to the outdoors it may want to backdraft into the home.
04-12-2005, 05:20 AM #3
Your local code may require the liner, but the national code permits a 3" barometric to be vented into a 49 sq. in. chimney.
If your chimney is 6" od, you are well under 49sq. in.Contractor locator map
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