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Enclosing a Propane Water Heater

Could we close in a propane water heater or does it need to be vented? We want to use the workroom as a bedroom and weren't sure what we should do with it. Thanks.


By tammy from S CA

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February 28, 20100 found this helpful

All water heaters have to be vented!This is online.

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Ok maybe I should reword it. It's vented from the ceiling I just want to know can it be enclosed with drywall or paneling with a hing side to be able to get to it.


I looked for that answer online and couldn't find it any where.Thanks

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March 2, 20100 found this helpful

Contact your city housing inspector, or the utility which supplies your propane for exact instructions. I would say it has to be vented and plenty of space around it. A louvered door closet would be the closest thing to enclosure.

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November 27, 20100 found this helpful

Check local codes. The local authority will sell you a permit. A closet may be built around a water heater but, there must be an allowance for combustion air for the burner. The local inspector may be able to tell you what is required. I think that I would talk to the propane company. They are the real experts to talk to. Good luck!

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