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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by SAKplumber, Nov 3, 2013.
I figured a 40 gal was a better choice when the time comes.
Lower your bills a little,, JR
We went with a hybrid, after electric company and state rebates it was less than a regular electric.
Just know it will cool off whatever room it is in
In the garage?
A 50 gallon will only provide 35 gallons of water at the desired/set temp before it drops 10 degrees due to incoming cold supply. A 50 won't fill one bathtub with hot water. Not with a 3" vent...maybe a 4" vent unit due to the higher BTUs.
But I agree...40 is plenty for 2-3 people depending on use habits and definitly stay gas if you've got it. The savings over electric can't be that significant, but the conveniences are.
Yes around here they are usually in the garage, no basements.
Dig. Around here they are inside whenever possible. Garage requires it at least at 18" high.
But water lines can still freeze in the garages here.
I love the ones that were crammed in little closets next to litle furnaces that have been replaced with big furnaces...getting a newer, bigger, more effecient water heater in there is no problem when you had to cut the door jamb and wall off just to get the old one out
Our water softener and water heater are both in a uninsulated unheated garage.
The water heater's pilot light helps some but the softener will get a blanket if temps drop too much.
Moving to Oregon, it was great to see the laundry in the house instead of the garage, but the water heater is still out there. snow tonight.
Thank goodness our laundry is inside to, wife would be hard to endure otherwise.
How about one in a crawl space under the house with roughly 4 feet in height. I did one of those once, let's just say that was fun.
Could be worse, in Los Angeles it was common to see the water heater in a shed-like structure on the outside of the house. Up here in the Portland area some developers put the water heater in the attic.
Hopefully with a pan under it! Really a stupid place to put it though.
That's smart putting a 30-50 gallon water heater in an attic for starters the weight problem then potential leaking issues, Genius shear Genius.
1 gal. of water equals 8lb right plus the heater itself?
That's what I remember. So anywhere between 240 - 400 pounds for water then add in the heater.
vegassprky and keith1234
Yes, there's a pan. Of course, that 3/4" drain ain't gonna keep up when that thing goes kablooie!
Water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon, to be precise (-ish). Momma always said it was better to be a smart- than a dumb-.
Lucky all mine have gone out with a "dribble" not a "kablooie". Mine is on a stand in the garage and I put a pan under it to prevent the stand from going to crap.
They put 'em in attics here too. A pan is code in KY, and while its usually in a finished attic area in newer condos, they still only provide the folding attic ladders for entry
"Yes sir, its gonna cost extra for having to pay an extra man to deal with that little access and a 200 lb heater going up there.
We wouldn't wanna drop it. The old one is even heavier, but getting it down?...not a problem"