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Old 03-10-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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Default Whysome people put water heater in the attic?

As a professional i've installed water heaters in many different homes.I love doing water heater jobs,but i don't understand why do some people have old gas water heaters the their attic instead of their garage?I mean when you have to take an old water heater with a new one you have to go up in the attic moving the water heaters up and down the attic and some attics have very limlited space to work in and you have to have somebody help you move the water heater.




When houses are being built,why not just put the water heater in the garage?That way when us plumbers have to come replace a heater we would have more space to work in and don't packing the heater up and don't the attic,that would be less work and more comfordable job.
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heaters in attic cost more round here, thats a good thing
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heaters in attic cost more round here, thats a good thing
And stupid, mho
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Heaters in an attic up here are unheard of, the winter weather would freeze the water lines. Ours are usually in the basement or lowest level, with occasional exceptions, usually in townhomes. Similar to the attic situation though is when I'd have a replacement in a very old house where the basement access consisted of a hatch in the kitchen floor. and the stairs more resembled a ladder. Headroom would be limited, probably because the excavation was done by hand back then. I'd usually find one or more old heaters down there and would remove them all for the client, seeing as I'd have a co-worker come to help between us we'd have cargo space for them all. Those were pretty rare though, the local trend to buy those old lots and level the house for a new build is well-established.
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The real reason they are put up there is that the 9 square feet of floor space that it takes up is not in the garage or home.

It is a VERY common practice here and a VERY stupid one.

I enjoy heater work as well and the attic ones do get charges more.
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Luckily, I haven't run into an attic water heater yet. Not on new construction, nor on service, just doesn't seem to be done around here.
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One reason to keep them out of the garage is flammable liquids. I worked on a case where the owner lost a beautiful concours micro bus camper to a water heater fire. If the attic is set up properly I don't see a problem with having them in the attic. The problem of course is most of them are not.

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One reason to keep them out of the garage is flammable liquids. I worked on a case where the owner lost a beautiful concours micro bus camper to a water heater fire. If the attic is set up properly I don't see a problem with having them in the attic. The problem of course is most of them are not.

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That's why all heaters in attics should have an automatic water shutoff.
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We've relocated water heaters into the attic on some of our remodels. Our climate is mild so the main concern is structural. 600lbs-800lbs bouncing around during a quake. Usually the culprit is a "show room" garage or my personnel favorite, The architect draws a single tankless hanging on an exterior wall for a six bathroom 3000+sqft. house. I'm not saying it's ideal, but if you set everything up properly I don't see any problems.
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