Gas water heater location code or not?


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Old 11-21-15, 02:00 PM
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Gas water heater location code or not?

I have a gas hot water heater installed in a bathroom in a finished basement. The problem that you can see is that they installed it and enclosed it in a wall. They left a access hatch for the pilot, as well as a few vents in the wall. It is properly exhausted out thru the roof.

I'm wondering if I take down the wall where the pilot access hatch is an install a door, will this setup meet code and be legal. Is there any issue with having a gas water heater installed in a living space...

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Old 11-21-15, 02:13 PM
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That has to be one of the worst ideas I've ever seen.
Lack of venting, no way to see a leak, no way without tearing out the wall to do a simple replacement, I'd also bet there's no pan under it connected to a drain.
I'd remove all of that and reframe with a wide enough door opening that it could easily be replaced and use a louvered door.
 
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Old 11-21-15, 02:21 PM
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I have to agree with Joe. You must have access to the entire unit for servicing.
 
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Old 11-21-15, 02:28 PM
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Well that is the plan and why in posting to get ideas. I want to rip out wall and frame in a door. My first thought was to replace it with electric if this was not a legal setup. Or possible keep the gas, and make the door lead out the the living area, not the bathroom.
 
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Old 11-21-15, 04:08 PM
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There is nothing wrong with it as long as you have proper air intake for cumbustion.. Its a formulay and from what I see it looks ok...

Whats make and model of HWH?
 
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Old 11-21-15, 04:41 PM
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As you can see per the pics, I have no idea of age and model. I inherited this and I'm just trying to make an undesirable situation better. Adding a door will give me the access I need and let me keep a better eye on it for leaks...

The A.O. Smith heater that was in the unit next door was, no lie 25 yrs old. I replaced it just as preventative...

Thx
 
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Old 11-21-15, 05:02 PM
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Its a formulay
What's that Mike ? .......................................
 
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Old 11-21-15, 06:03 PM
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Its a formulay
Formula!!!!


Like this..

Service:
Air:
A gas burning appliance require
s the oxygen contained in 12.5 cubic feet of air (at sea level) for every 1000 BTU of heat that is generated. If your water heater has a BTU per hour input of 40,000 BTU then a minimum of 500
(40 times 12.5) cubic feet of clean air must be available.
 
 

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