Does my water heater need to be on a stand?

Gas water heaters that do not need to be on a stand… Water heaters should be elevated above the floor by at least 18 inches. A pilot light may ignite spilled fluid or floor-level flammable fumes if the water heater is placed at floor level.

Most water heaters are placed on stands when installed in a garage. The water heater stand is designed to keep the gas burner 18-inches off of the floor (there are some code exceptions). Certain local codes may require this for electric water heaters too.

Similarly, should a water heater be off of the floor? The Uniform Plumbing Code, which establishes standards nationwide, says that the flame or sparking mechanism in a gas water heater must be at least 18 inches off the ground. This means that an accurate measurement for proper installation is not based on the distance from the bottom of the water heater to the floor.

Also know, does a water heater need to be elevated?

Water heaters only need to be raised (per code) if they are using an ignitable fuel source (gas, propane, etc). And even then, the code is that the ignition mechanism is what needs to be raised. If your water heater is electric or a heat pump, no need to raise it per code.

Can a water heater sit directly on the floor?

Yes, Gas water heater can not be installed on the floor/ground. Gas water heaters on the ground are possible to explode due to the pilot flame being so close to the floor. Water heaters should not be placed directly on the “dirt,” but they can (absolutely) be installed at floor level with no danger of “exploding.”

Do I need a drip pan under my water heater?

Pans & Drains It’s generally recommended, and required, to install a drip pan with a drain line beneath your hot water heater tank. Especially if you water heater is in your home or basement, a leak could cause lots of water damage. A pan and drain eliminate this possibility.

Why put a water heater in the attic?

There are some legitimate reasons for locating a water heater in the attic since it is usually warmer than a basement, crawlspace or garage (depending upon your location). The pull-down-stairs to the attic allows access…but is unlikely to hold the weight of anyone trying to remove a bad water heater.

Can a water heater be in a closet?

Water heaters can be installed in bedroom or bathroom closets, if necessary or preferred, but only if they’re an electric, direct vent or sealed combustion chamber unit. Other water heaters that use fuel combustion are not permitted to be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or closets that open into these rooms.

Where should I put my water heater?

General Placement. Most regulations are fairly simply, and require that water heaters be placed against an external wall of the house. This is why most hot water heaters are in garages or basements. You will want to place your water heater next to an outer wall to make room for the flue.

What size is the pan for under a water heater?

5.1 Pan size and drain. The pan shall be not less than 11/2 inches (38 mm) deep and shall be of sufficient size and shape to receive all dripping or condensate from the tank or water heater. The pan shall be drained by an indirect waste pipe having a minimum diameter of 3/4 inch (19 mm).

How much does a 60 gallon water heater cost?

Gas Water Heater Costs vs. Electric Water Heater Pricing Tank Tankless Recovery Rate 1-2 hours 30-60 minutes Energy Efficiency 95% 60-70% Cost Over 12 Year Lifespan $6,250 $5,000 Price of Unit $200-$2,880 $250-$1,800

What should I look for when buying a water heater?

If you are on the hunt for a new water heater for your home or office, consider these five factors before you determine what to purchase. Fuel Source. The most common residential water heaters run with gas or electricity as their fuel source. Energy Efficiency. Storage Capacity. Space Required.

Can electric hot water heater sit on concrete floor?

electric water heater installed on concrete. If the floor is always dry, no worries mate. If it is damp or wet occasionally, then elevating the WH on some bricks or whatever keeps the bottom from rusting. He’s the one who told me electric water heaters shouldn’t sit directly on concrete floors.

How much does a empty water heater weigh?

about 150 lbs.

How do you measure the height of a water heater?

Using a tape measure, measure the height of your water heater from its base to the top. Then measure the width (diameter). It is also helpful to measure from the floor to the ceiling of the space your water heater is in and note if you have any room on the sides or top of your water heater.

What’s the difference between a tall and short water heater?

Understanding the Differences short water heater is size. A tall water heater can hold up to 100 gallons of water. This makes them cylindrical in shape of about 45 to 60 inches tall. A short water heater has a solid capacity of 30 to 50 gallons of water.

Should I put water heater on bricks?

Makes flushing the tank easier; and if its easier its more likely to be done. Don’t use bricks. They will wick the water up to the bottom of the water heater.