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You may reside in a location of the country where most of water heaters are located in the
garage. It is acceptable to have water heaters in the garage although there are several details
that you should be aware of. The authority on determining what the requirements are concerning
residential water heater installation as well as safety is the ICC (International Code Council). The
following related information is taken from the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) section
P2801.6 and P2803.6.1 commentary.
Water heaters having an ignition source shall be elevated so that the source of ignition is not
lower than 18" above the garage floor. An ignition source can be several things, including things
like an open flame, electrical switch, open resistance heating coils, or even an electrical igniter
unit. Household garages have a high potential for volatile liquids, such as gasoline and paint
thinners which may spill or even leak from their containers. Due to the fact that the vapors from
these liquids are heavier than air, they concentrate just above floor level, posing an explosion risk
in garages having a water heater. hud home inspection
Numerous electric water heater thermostats have enclosed contacts, however they are not sealed
gas tight. As a result, if ever an electric water heater with an ignition source located less than 18"
from the bottom of the unit, it is required that the unit be elevated so that the ignition source
(thermostat) is at least 18" above the garage floor. Electric water heaters having all switching
controls located above 18" from the bottom of the water heater are not required to be elevated.
Gas-fired appliances must comply with the elevation requirement for elevation above the garage
floor, but have an exception in order to allow gas-fired appliances using flammable vapor ignition
resistant (FVIR) design to be installed without elevating the unit.
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