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Old 11-28-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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I am thinking about installing a GE GeoSpring water heater in my garage and stopped by a Sears store to check out the product. I see there is a removable cover to allow access to the heating elements that extends from the top to the bottom of the tank. The GE install instructions state bracing for California must be provided, but they also state the front cover must be removable. Does anyone know how the GE GeoSpring water heaters are being braced for California installations? The representatives at Sears did not know and there are no instructions in the GE GeoSpring water heater install instructions.

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I am thinking about installing a GE GeoSpring water heater in my garage and stopped by a Sears store to check out the product. I see there is a removable cover to allow access to the heating elements that extends from the top to the bottom of the tank. The GE install instructions state bracing for California must be provided, but they also state the front cover must be removable. Does anyone know how the GE GeoSpring water heaters are being braced for California installations? The representatives at Sears did not know and there are no instructions in the GE GeoSpring water heater install instructions.
Well, how often would you need to open the cover? Would it be acceptable to you if you strapped it, and then had to undo the strapping to access the cover? Is the requirement for a removable cover "code" or convenience?

Can the cover be modified (ie slots cut out) so that you can strap under the cover? Or even cut the cover in half around the strapping?

Perhaps a non Geospring heater ... ?

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Basically you need one strap near the top of the unit and one near the bottom of the unit. straps must be min. 16 ga. thick and 1 1/4" wide and need to be attached to two wall studs with min. 1/4" X 3" lag screws each.

Actually here is a link to a guideline for Calif. Actually this link says that plumber's tape is good but I do not think that is correct anymore. The date on the guideline is 2005 but it has a nice drawing of what to do. I will look for a more up to date link.

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i haven't seen that heater in person, but it seems like you'd be able to remove the cover, install the strapping, then reinstall the cover. just make sure the strapping isn't anywhere near any electrical connections
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I have a Geospring heater. The cover is removable as stated. The electrical connections are on top, so if you remove the cover the straps can go around the heater without being anywhere near the electrical connections.
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