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Old 03-25-2010, 08:17 AM   #1
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water heater installed in unfinished bonus room.


I bought a new home in November of 2009. It has an unfinished bonus room which approximately 400 square feet and it has 1 window. This room is where the water heater is located. If I want to finish this room out and enclose the water heater behind a door, do I have to do any additional vent work or is it fine the way it was installed?

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water heater installed in unfinished bonus room.


Is it electric or gas?

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It's gas and it is vented. I guess my question is do I need to do anything else? Regular door, vented?
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There must be provision for combustion air, or makeup air, entering the closet where the water heater is, in addition to the exhaust vent or chimney.

There are formulas based on the cubic feet of the closet but the typical method of providing combustion air is to put a louver in the closet door near the bottom.

When there are other heating devices, such as a furnace, in the room, additional vents to the outside may be needed depending on the total BTU and the cubic feet of the entire room or basement.
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