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What is the difference between a water heater with side inlet/outlet pipe connections and one with top connections?
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Many smaller water heaters have side inlet/outlet pipe connections to reduce the height necessary for installation in spaces with limited vertical dimensions, such as under a sink counter in an office bathroom, as shown above.
Larger water heaters with side inlet/outlet connections are often specifically designed to be rated for manufactured/mobile home installation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), like the one shown below. Because mobile home water supply pipes run under the home, the side piping simplifies installation. The HUD standards require a minimum energy efficiency rating and other specifications, so not all side connection water heaters are HUD rated for mobile homes.
To learn more about HUD-approved mobile home water heaters, see our blog post What is the difference between a manufactured/mobile home water heater and a regular water heater?
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