Asked by Phil, Chicago, IL • Fri Jan 24, 2014
I am trying to install a Richmond "on demand" gas water heater to replace an existing tank-style unit (need to install a self-venting unit because cannot vent all the way to the roof). The walls in the home are brick, though there is a boarded-over window with a dryer vent a few feet over (this is being installed in a basement).
Question is, using manufacturer's vent line (as required), can I vent directly out the side of the building, either through the plywood "window" (maybe converted to cement board or a similar material) or through the brick (just a bit more work). This appears to be fine or the water tank, I just want to be sure about Chicago code.
Either way ("window" or brick), if I do this the vent will come out of the house about a foot off the ground, facing out to a walkway between two homes (typical Chicago lots). Any advice on if this would be proper will be GREATLY appreciated.
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