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Can you install a gas water heater in a closet?
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Yes, a gas water heater can be installed in a closet as long as the closet is not used for storage. The International Residential Code (IRC) specifically bans a storage closet as a location for a gas water heater. Here’s the code citation:
But we regularly see dedicated water heater closets packed full of boxes and brooms and mops during home inspections anyway. This is a safety hazard and a warning about keeping flammable items away from the water heater is printed on the tank. Also, a route for sufficient air for combustion air to enter the closet has be provided.
See our blog post Where are gas water heaters not allowed to be installed? for more details and other locations where gas water heaters are not allowed, and What is the difference between a regular water heater and a direct vent water heater? for a description of them.
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