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Old 06-18-2008, 10:22 PM
 
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Hi,
We are hoping to soon market our 1950's home, it has an inside laundry room at the end of the kitchen. Inside the laundry room is an electric washer and dryer and a gas water heater. We've been told that the new codes require a closet to be built around the gas water heater. This would be difficult to do given the size of the laundry room. Perhaps somebody knows about this...or can tell me who to call?
Thanks
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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Only if the heater is outside. If it is inside, it needs a pan under it and the overflow valve must run outside. I've not heard of needing a closet inside. If that's the case, then I'm in big trouble. They are all inside with no closet. I also don't think they can require you to rebuild, it may well be grandfathered as is.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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Hi,
We are hoping to soon market our 1950's home, it has an inside laundry room at the end of the kitchen. Inside the laundry room is an electric washer and dryer and a gas water heater. We've been told that the new codes require a closet to be built around the gas water heater. This would be difficult to do given the size of the laundry room. Perhaps somebody knows about this...or can tell me who to call?
Thanks
You should be able to call Code Compliance and ask, but I don't think that will be a problem. If you do decide to build out a closet make sure you meet the ventilation requirements. A Gas Heater needs a lot of fresh air flowing into the closet.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:11 PM
 
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I think ShaneSA's right. My last house, the water heater was inside in the kitchen, just sitting there like it was on display

My current house (same era, more or less) the water heater's in a little hut outside.
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:55 PM
 
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Default Thanks so much!

Thanks so much for your responses. Following your advice, I did call Compliance Code Office. They said it is absolutely OK to have a gas water heater in the utility room without it having it's own box. That is according to the Compliance Code of San Antonio. What a relief! Again, thanks to you all.
Lindy
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