“FVIR certified gas water heaters can be installed on a residential garage floor without the use of an 18-inch stand in accordance with the National Fuel Gas Code, NFPA 54, ANSI Z223. 1, unless otherwise directed by State and Local code requirements.”
Also to know is, can a water heater sit on wood?
The tank base can actually be sitting directly on a combustible surface (e.g. carpet or wood etc.).
Keeping this in view, can water heater sit on concrete?
Electric water heaters can sit directly on the concrete floor. There is no risk of accidental ignition of spilled flammable liquids with electric water heaters. … The only reason why you would want to have them off the ground is to save energy or protect the water heater from flooding/rust damage.
Do hot water heaters need to be elevated?
Water heaters only need to be raised (per code) if they are using an ignitable fuel source (gas, propane, etc). And even then, the code is that the ignition mechanism is what needs to be raised. If your water heater is electric or a heat pump, no need to raise it per code.
Electric water heaters should be placed on a stand unless documentation is provided by the installer/manufacturer that verifies FIVR construction. Water heaters shall be located or protected so they are not subject to physical damage by a moving vehicle.
Moving A Water Heater
- Step 1 – Turn off the Power. Before you do anything, turn off the breaker switch to the water heater. …
- Step 2 – Turn off the Water Supply and Drain. …
- Step 3 – Disconnect Pipe. …
- Step 4 – Disconnect the Electric. …
- Step 5 – Drain Remaining Water. …
- Step 6 – Maneuver and Transport.
Tank-style water heaters weigh an average of 150 pounds empty, but it varies by size. On average, tank-style water heaters weigh 2.6 pounds per gallon of capacity. Tankless water heats are significantly lighter, averaging 27 pounds. And, under the sink water heaters weigh an average of 32 pounds.
Your gas water heater should be 18 inches off of the ground, as per the National Fuel Gas Code. This is the standard for water heater installation requirements.
I always put water heaters up on a couple bricks or patio blocks (2x8x16″ concrete blocks). But most of the houses I work in are older and tend to have water issues – so keeping it a few inches off the ground is always a good idea.
The main reason you need to have your water heater placed on a hot water heater stands is to prevent fire incidents. Lifting your water heater prevents flammable fumes and vapors’ from spilled gasoline or any other combustible fluid from lying on the floor in the garage.
Why does the water heater need to be 18 inches off the ground? It’s not to avoid impact by a garage or other items, as some people may think. The clearance is to prevent fires or explosions if a flammable liquid (such as gasoline or motor oil) spills on the garage floor.