Relocating water heater electric


Old 03-06-15, 04:47 PM
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Relocating water heater electric

I have a 40 gal electric water heater that I want to move from the center (outside access) of the house to the garage. It will be about a 20' move but with ups and downs maybe 30' additional wire. Currently there is an junction box in the wall near the WH and wiring in flex extend from there to the WH. I'm thinking of extending wires from the existing junction box, tying in with wire nuts, and running up inside the wall, across the attic to the garage to another junction box in the new location. Is a splice like that ok? Otherwise my other choice is to run a whole new length from the circuit breaker which is longer, more expensive and harder.

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Old 03-06-15, 05:21 PM
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Yes, assuming #10 and a 30 amp dedicated circuit. The white wire will need to be remarked black or red (or any color but gray or green) on both ends using bands of tape or felt tip marker.
Old 03-06-15, 05:38 PM
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No need for a second junction box if the WH will be within sight of the panel. If not the cable can end at the required disconnect and then extend over to the WH.
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Keep in mind the further away from the fixtures the longer the water will have to run to get hot.
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It's a small house. I added a garage a few years ago and want to reclaim the space the WH is using. The extra water pipe distance is the price I'll pay but it's not all that much.

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Junction Box

The junction box where you will make the splice needs to remain accessible.
Old 03-07-15, 08:13 AM
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Make sure you insulate the pipes,although it may not be needed as much in Cal. As in the NE.
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