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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2820 on: January 19, 2018, 05:50:47 PM »

Next HWH I put in will be an electric hybrid or a propane power vent.  Both are very efficient.


We're on our 2nd natural gas power vent.  The first one corroded through from the inside out over about 10 years.  That one had replaced a conventionally vented one that also lasted about 10 years and corroded through from the inside out. 

Now we're about 8 years into the 2nd power vent and doing ok so far.  The control unit is giving me an issue though.  So far it's still holding ok except it will start and stop maybe 5 or 6 times in what should be a 20 to 25 minute 'burn'.  I've cleaned the flame sensor which is just about the only servicable part there is on it.  I had posted here one time about having to clean it and the fact that the cat litter box was right beside the water heater.   

A new control is about 2/3 the cost of a heater so I'll probably just go with a new heater when I can't nurse this controller along.

I think mine is a White Rodgers but the control looks just like this:

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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2821 on: January 19, 2018, 07:22:02 PM »

Lot of money for a brain box on the front of a conventional gas control valve.  We have Rod Garst propane.  You'd think he'd give me a deal on propane, I do hunt with him but...no deal...lol

Actually Garst is usually less than anyone else.  I own both tanks so I can fill with anyone and have accounts everywhere.  I always price shop and always fill in the late summer when gas is the lowest.  2 tanks carries me all winter even heating the shop.

The electric hybrids are expensive but so are the power vents and the LP power vents is a hard animal to find.

We have the same issue with tanks, about 10-12 years and they start to leak.  It's the well water I guess.  The current one I have, electric, I drain every time I fill my H2O2 injection unit which averages once a month.  You'd be amazed at the amount of crud I get out of the bottom, mostly crystalized calcium and some iron oxide.  The calcium comes out in small chunks in the water.  I figure that is what destroys the tank.  I could probably change out the anode rod as I'm sure it's long gone.

I know I have to change the anode rod every year in the propane HWH in the RV.  It gets eaten away every year and has to be replaced and I get the same white chunks in the bottom of the RV water heater I get in the one in the basement and likewise they have to be flushed out as well.
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2822 on: January 20, 2018, 08:03:08 AM »

A colorful sunrise and a thermostat above 32 8) 8) 8)
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2823 on: January 20, 2018, 08:18:05 AM »

That works for a change....
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2824 on: January 21, 2018, 07:52:24 AM »

Fog in all directions!

Thermometer says 36 degrees.
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2825 on: January 21, 2018, 08:13:58 AM »

Low visibility down here too BRD.  Temps are in the low 50's right now with some thunder storms later this evening.
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« Reply #2826 on: January 21, 2018, 03:29:04 PM »

Low visibility down here too BRD.  Temps are in the low 50's right now with some thunder storms later this evening.

The fog let up quite a bit by around noon but in the last half hour it has come back to almost as thick as was first thing this morning.
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2827 on: January 22, 2018, 06:25:07 AM »

We're still looking at fog... 

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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2828 on: January 22, 2018, 09:48:30 AM »

Looking at....mud.
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2829 on: January 22, 2018, 10:40:28 AM »

Wet

Gloomy

Soggy
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2830 on: January 22, 2018, 10:50:19 AM »

Well the sun was out pretty brighly for awhile, but fading now.
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2831 on: January 23, 2018, 09:28:00 AM »

The spruce yards in the front yard are dancing in the wind. 

All our snow is gone.

Temp in the mid 30s but sounds like they're going to be working their way down!
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2832 on: January 23, 2018, 11:26:15 AM »

Just.....mud :o
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2833 on: January 23, 2018, 11:40:05 AM »

A grey, winterish looking sky.......along with some leaves blowing by at NASCAR speeds.
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Re: What did you see out your window today ?
« Reply #2834 on: January 23, 2018, 06:08:19 PM »

We had maybe 45 minutes of sun but that was it.

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