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TOPIC: Electric Hot Water Heaters.

Electric Hot Water Heaters. 13 years 3 months ago #14492

Hey guys is there a height requirement for electric hot water heaters in garages?
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Re: Electric Hot Water Heaters. 13 years 3 months ago #14494

John

The 18 inch height would be for ignition source. This is not required for FVIR (Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistant) water heaters.

I would say the electric heater is fine.

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Re: Electric Hot Water Heaters. 13 years 3 months ago #14495

Okay, I thougth it would be.  Some electrical stuff is known to make sparks so I thought I should ask you guys.

Thanks for the help.  Karma for you!!!  ;)

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Re: Electric Hot Water Heaters. 13 years 3 months ago #14496

John

Read this post.

www.inspectionnews.net/home_inspection/p...c-water-heaters.html

Seems like there is some debate on the electric element being a source of ignition.

I guess to be safe if it was on a 8 inch platform the bottom element would be 18 inches off the ground. 

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Re: Electric Hot Water Heaters. 13 years 3 months ago #14498

Ahhhh clever little guys.  Okay here is what I think they did.  If you take into consideration the step up from the garage floor, the bricks the water heater is sitting on, and the height of the heating element, the water heater meets the 18" requirement.

Good link.  Thanks.

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Re: Electric Hot Water Heaters. 13 years 3 months ago #14572

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David is correct with 18". Maybe it is just an illusion but I don't see how you can get 18" out of that one. Looks like it is sitting on a 4x4 right? Just doesn't look like enough from this angle.

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