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    Default Power vent

    The townhome I inspected today had a power vent on water heater. The vent was plugged into a GFCI outlet. Common sense tells me that this is wrong because if the GFCI trips, power would be cut to vent. Is there a code for this and do you agree that it is wrong?

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    No don't agree, and if the fan doesn't run the WH won't continue to fire.

    Read up on the improvements in the last few changes in the UL Standard for GFCI receptacles, nusiance tripping is a not an issue.

    I'd be more concerned about that unsupported tank up on the right taking/tearing out what's left of the unsupported plumbing.


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    That being said. Is that an anti gravity tank or an expansion tank?


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    Got the tank. Thanks for the advice. I did notice if I tripped the breaker the heater shut down. I was just being sure about what I saw. Thanks.

    Tom Rees / A Closer Look Home Inspection / Salt Lake City, Utah

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    You're welcome.


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    I would double check that stainless steel band clamp as it does not look like the normal Fernco fitting shipped with Bradford White WHs.

    Keep the fire in the fireplace.

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