How to Install a Power-Vented Water Heater

Power vents simplify a gas hot water heater installation

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Miter saw
  • Caulk gun
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Corded drill
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Level
  • Hole saw kit
  • Pipe wrench
  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Tube cutter
  • Wire stripper/cutter

You'll need wiring and plumbing tools to install a power-vented water heater, as well as a hammer drill and masonry tools if you’re running the vent through a masonry wall.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Power-vented water heater
  • PVC pipe and fittings
  • Electrical box
  • Electrical wire
  • Receptacle
  • Caulk