Power Vent too loud. Any solutions?

Power Vent too loud. Any solutions?

PostBy: dmq On: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:28 am

I am new to this forum and new to owning a Coal Furnace. Anyway, I had it installed yesterday. The installer is using a Power Vent from Alaskan Stove Company. Well, he put the power vent on a setting of low and it makes a bunch of noise. It only makes a air blowing noise when its on high. I find this noise really annoying because it is directly outside the living room window. Really the noise is to the point where I am not sure I even want to keep the furnace. Would anyone have any information on possibly getting a quiet power vent or does anyone have a solution to minimize the sound of the power vent? I am really concerned about this. I provided the link to the furnace I have. It is the 140 model auger feed system. Also, the blower goes on about every 2 minutes for 30 seconds. Is this normal?


PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:48 am

You are using the pwer vent because you don't have a chimney? If a chimney is available and you can't stand the noise form the power vent, move the unit and hook to the chimney

Or consider installing a chimney. The cost will come back to you in the savings in your heat bill.

Or can the exit for the power vent be moved away from the window?

Just some ideas. Greg L
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Self-built 'Big Bertha' SS Boiler
Baseburners & Antiques: Keystone 11, Art Garland

PostBy: dmq On: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:51 am

Thanks for the reply. I have a chimney, but it is for my gas furnace. I have a hole in my foundation now, and all the duct work has been done, so I am not sure about moving it. You would think on low it wouldn't make much noise, but it is much louder. I was hoping someone knew of one that is pretty quiet.

PostBy: gibblets On: Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:31 pm

I have one and it IS really loud on highest setting. Have you tried to turn it down?

PostBy: TD On: Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:29 pm

I have a power vent, it makes a bunch of noise, it has one speed, how do you turn it down?

Setting speed.

PostBy: Philippe23 On: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:48 pm

When I bought my power-vent, the dealer included a rheostat to control the speed of the power-vent's blower/fan. It's just a dial that controls how much power gets passed to the power-vent, like the dial on a box-fan. Some are analog, some have high-med-low settings.

A quick search turned up this one.

Mine's different, so I don't know if that one is good or bad or anything.

I have read/been told that they may not good for your power-vent unit, as they're designed to run at full throttle all the time, and it make cause extra stress to not be running at the designed speed. To change the draft, you're supposed to change other settings elsewhere, but those aren't going to help you with how loud things are.

That said, I have one on mine and use it, and I know several other people have said they have 'em too. You can always contact the manufacturer of your power-vent and ask them what they think the proper solution to the noise is.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

PostBy: TD On: Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:34 am

Thanks for the link, I ordered one. I just need that power vent to last this season untill I can get a chimney built next year.

PostBy: Philippe23 On: Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:29 pm

TD wrote:I just need that power vent to last this season untill I can get a chimney built next year.

I'm actually starting to wish I had put in a chimney instead of the power-vent. I feel like the power-vent is taking more heat out than need be. That with the issue that I don't feel all that safe in a power outage, makes me wonder if I'll be switching next year.

I actually found that I have my power-vent set to just barely on -- the natural heat draft is almost enough to get the exhaust out without a chimney even.

"The grass is always greener" I suppose.....
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing III

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Dec 07, 2006 9:31 am

Does your install include a Barometric damper? You absolutly need it with a power vent or say goodbye to your heat.

You may want to wrap the smokepipe with Kaowool or something to dampen the noise, I would think the thin metal of the pipe transfers the noise into the home.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea