Comments on: Can I have a Gas Water Heater in a Closet? http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/gas-water-heater-closet/ Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:45:36 -0500 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.6 By: frankschulteladbeck http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/gas-water-heater-closet/#comment-9325 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:08:49 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1864#comment-9325 There are concerns with a water heater located in a closet. There has to be enough space for a new unit to be moved into the closet. The clearances from flammable substances should be good. The water heater should not be in a sleeping area though as suggested by your comment. Having it in a closet with a louvered door can be fine if the air circulation is adequate.

You should move this out of the bedroom area. A plumber can give you advice on the best location, but options are : in the attic (good for warm climates); in the basement; utility room; or garage. Each area will have its own rules to follow. The reason for moving this out of the bedroom is due to the danger of combustion gas filling up the room, especially when someone is asleep. One problem that I have faced on my inspections in older homes has been is this room a bedroom or something else. A porch was converted to a room, which could have been seen as bedroom, but was set up more as a family room or office. If the room is used as a bedroom, then the water heater has to be moved.

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By: James http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/for-the-homeowner/gas-water-heater-closet/#comment-9324 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:19:38 +0000 http://yourhoustonhomeinspector.com/?p=1864#comment-9324 I bought a house and it has a gas water heater in a bedroom closet. The door is a louvered door that closes and the gas water heater is vented and has a drain pipe for the overflow running through the wall and outside.
Is this OK? What options do I have to remedy this if I want to?

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