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p1eddie 03-10-2007 02:43 PM

electrical disconnect to water heater (help)
I was told by a inspector that i need to put a electrical disconnect to my electric water heater which is about 8 feet to the main breaker panel.
my house was built in june 2002. (texas)
thanks for all help

Speedy Petey 03-10-2007 04:37 PM

Unless the water heater is isolated by a wall or in another room he is off his nut!

As long as you can see it from the appliance the breaker IS the disconnect.

p1eddie 03-10-2007 04:56 PM

It's in a closet in the garage with a door. Maybe I should remove the door?

Speedy Petey 03-10-2007 05:27 PM

It's up to you, but in this case the inspector is right.

If it were me I would leave the door and add the disconnect. Although in Tx I doubt you are concerned with pipes freezing.

I use $10, 60 amp, "pull out" type disconnects for water heaters. The whole thing costs less than just a 30a two-pole toggle switch.

p1eddie 03-10-2007 09:37 PM

so is there a indoor disconnect? Or should i just get the outdoor one like you would use for AC.

Speedy Petey 03-11-2007 09:06 AM

There are other disconnects, but this one is by far the cheapest and easiest to install. It is also simple to use.

p1eddie 03-11-2007 10:18 AM

Thanks For the Help Speedy. I will go to Loews today to see if they have the parts I Need.
(pull out type correct)

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