No damper, lots of noise

Originally Posted By: jmichalski
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I just inspected a new construction home and there is a gas fireplace in the master BR. I know that, typically, these are installed without dampers when they are direct vent systems. On our walkthrough, the wind made such a noise it was hard to talk in the room, and a draft could be seen to be rattling the glass doors.


Two questions: 1) It seems clear that a damper is appropriate, is that a problem with the function of this direct vent system?

2) I did not notice any specific defect in the installation of the vent (through the chimney in the center of the home) but is there something else I should specifically be looking for in relation to the venting that could reduce/eliminate this problem?

Thanks for the help!


Originally Posted By: Aimee Jalowsky
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Originally Posted By: dwillis
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Originally Posted By: dwillis
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Would not care to guess whether the lack of damper was the issue or not, clearly the fireplace is not opperating correctly and has the possibility of allowing th by-products of combustion into the room.


Originally Posted By: Aimee Jalowsky
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We are having problems posting in this forum, What Deanna is posting is a reply from Gerry


Originally Posted By: Aimee Jalowsky
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In the case of a gas log insert this is a serious safety concern…


Originally Posted By: Aimee Jalowsky
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Regards


Gerry


Originally Posted By: Aimee Jalowsky
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I would recommend further evaluation of the system by the manufacturers representatives in this case, as it is under warranty in new contruction.


Originally Posted By: Aimee Jalowsky
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…as it will back draft carbon monoxide into the living space.


Originally Posted By: gbeaumont
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