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Old 03-10-2007, 01:43 PM   #1
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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)
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Old 03-10-2007, 03:37 PM   #2
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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.

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It's in a closet in the garage with a door. Maybe I should remove the door?
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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.
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so is there a indoor disconnect? Or should i just get the outdoor one like you would use for AC.
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There are other disconnects, but this one is by far the cheapest and easiest to install. It is also simple to use.
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Thanks For the Help Speedy. I will go to Loews today to see if they have the parts I Need.
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