To the question can I put a regular hot water heater in a mobile home, the answer is no. Mobile home water heaters will have a H.U.D. safety approval. Anything else used for a mobile home is against the law, will void the manufacturer’s warranty, and will nullify your insurance coverage.
Similarly one may ask, can water heaters last 20 years?
Tank water heaters will last on average 8 to 12 years, while tankless water heaters can last even longer, up to 20 years. There are also electric and gas hot water heaters that will vary in lifespan, but in general gas ones last 8-12 years, while an electric heater could last upwards of 10-15 years.
Also know, how do you drain a hot water heater in a mobile home?
How many gallons per minute do I need for a tankless water heater?
The best sizing factor for a tankless water heater is its flow per minute rate. A 3.2 gpm, tankless heater can heat 3.2 gallons of water per minute, which is roughly enough to provide hot water to a shower and a sink. To find the correct capacity, add up all of the fixtures that you expect to use at the same time.
The average RV water heater costs between $800-$1,000. A standard 10-gallon water heater will cost around $800, while a tankless water heater will cost around $1,000. It all depends on the amount of hot water you want on your RV, and how much your RV is meant to hold.
You’ll commonly find 30-gallon water heater tanks in mobile homes, but occasionally, you may find a larger 40-gallon tank. In most cases, 30-gallons of hot water will meet the needs of several people, however, if your hot water requirements are higher, you may want to consider installing a tankless water heater.
Most of the time, the water heater in your manufactured home can be located near the home’s furnace. Sometimes, water heaters can be found in your primary bedroom closet. It could also be found in a utility closet, in the laundry room or even in a hallway hidden behind an access panel that looks just like your wall.
Almost all mobile home manufacturers put the water heater in a compartment with an access panel secured with screws. Older mobile homes have the access panel on an outside wall, usually next to a bathroom or kitchen window.
Standard Water Heaters in Mobile Homes
Standard water heaters are generally not HUD-approved because of the square intake vent at the base, which is not completely sealed.