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Old 01-06-2007, 04:15 PM   #1
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HELP! Distance between hot water tank and electrical panel?


Hey all,

I am REALLY glad I found this site. I NEED HELP!!!

I would like to move the hot water tank (in my basement), and found a perfect spot close to the electrical panel. What is the required distance between both to be legal and safe? I live in Canada, so I am aware that it could be different from the US, but still, I need your advice!!!

Could the insurance company refuse to pay in case of a fire?

I know that the fire department require to clear 1 meter all around. If I am less, would a simple movable protective panel would do the trick?

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I would like to clear up a myth.Insurance companys dont pay claims for people that do arson to there home. But if you due something dumb to your house they will still pay the claim. "stupidity" is not excluded in the policy or insurance companys would never pay a claim.Because most accidents are from "stupidity". sorry I just wanted to clear up the thought your insurance would not pay the claim.

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Maybe the electricians on here will know.
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In michigan you can not have anything within 3 feet in front of the electrical box .
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trollmastergeneral, Interesting...in front, but what if it clears the front, but still 8 inches away from the side of the box?

Could a wall in between solve the issue?

Thoughts?

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I would like to clear up a myth.Insurance companys dont pay claims for people that do arson to there home. But if you due something dumb to your house they will still pay the claim. "stupidity" is not excluded in the policy or insurance companys would never pay a claim.Because most accidents are from "stupidity". sorry I just wanted to clear up the thought your insurance would not pay the claim.
THIS IS TRUE!, and needs to be said on a regular basis on forums such as this.
This myth has been perpetuated far too long.

In the US it is 30" clearance side to side and 36" deep in front. The side to side dimension DOES NOT have to be centered on the panel.


I DO NOT know what the code is in Canada though.
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That is a excelent drawing
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THIS IS TRUE!, and needs to be said on a regular basis on forums such as this.
This myth has been perpetuated far too long.

In the US it is 30" clearance side to side and 36" deep in front. The side to side dimension DOES NOT have to be centered on the panel.


I DO NOT know what the code is in Canada though.
Proof that you are never too old to learn. I always thought the 30" was centered on the panel, obviously a misconception shared by most of the inspectors in my area. Thanks.
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Thanks but It's not mine though. I believe it is Mike Holt's. I guess I really should credit him when I use it.
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get rid of the tank heater and install an instantaneous one. You will save 15% + on your hot water heating bill and it will pay for its self in a couple of years. Also you will save SPACE big time and you can place the heater in a small area away from the panel.
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Just so I'm clear on this...a water heater can be installed next to a panel as long as 30" of clear wall-space is available on the opposite side, right?

I know this is an old thread (Google led me to it), but this was the exact question I was about to ask. A plumber at this remodel I was framing a few weeks ago claimed that he needed six-foot minimum (or a wall) between heater and panel. So, the owner made me build a wall between 'em. Pffft.
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Just so I'm clear on this...a water heater can be installed next to a panel as long as 30" of clear wall-space is available on the opposite side, right?

I know this is an old thread (Google led me to it), but this was the exact question I was about to ask. A plumber at this remodel I was framing a few weeks ago claimed that he needed six-foot minimum (or a wall) between heater and panel. So, the owner made me build a wall between 'em. Pffft.
You are correct, and the plumber was a FOOL!

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