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RobV 02-20-2012 07:51 PM

Water heater in the attic
 
Does a 30" x 30" access panel in addition to a 22" x 54" fold up staircase meet code requirements in Louisiana for a 24" diameter water heater installed in the attic? The 30" x 30" access is within 5' of the water heater.

plummen 02-20-2012 08:35 PM

I would think as long as theres enough room to get it through the opening youd be fine.
Id be more concerned about the rafters being big enough to support the weight myself.
Id figure between 7-8lbs per gallon of water plus the weight of the heater itself sitting up there,dont forget a pan under it and a drain line :)

Alan 02-20-2012 10:14 PM

One thing I can guarantee is :

If you do this, you will not be a happy camper when it comes time to haul it out.

:eek:


For the record : I'd rather be troubleshooting sewer pumps all day than trying to haul a junk water heater out of an attic.

joecaption 02-20-2012 10:20 PM

I've seen whole houses distroyed from a leaking water heater in the attic.

AllanJ 02-21-2012 07:23 AM

If you got the water heater up there in the first place, it is not more difficult to get it back down.

Putting water tanks in the attic lets gravity help maintain pressure, although another tank up there filled with air is still needed to prevent "negative pressure" that would slow or stop the flow of water being used if there was a simultaneous problem with incoming water pressure.

RobV 02-21-2012 12:57 PM

It is pretty common to have the WH in the attic where I live. With the use of a com-a-long it was not hard to get it in the attic. My question is whether the 30" x30" access panel would satisfy code

TheEplumber 02-21-2012 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RobV (Post 859277)
It is pretty common to have the WH in the attic where I live. With the use of a com-a-long it was not hard to get it in the attic. My question is whether the 30" x30" access panel would satisfy code

It's been a while since I've opened my gas book, but I know the requirements are there for access size, cat walk, hand railing, work lighting and power receptacle. I would consider all these factors regardless of the type of heater.


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