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Moving A Water Heater? Prepare For The Following Potential Issues

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Do you have a water heater that is placed in an odd part of your home that you are looking to move somewhere else? You may be finishing a basement and want to move the water heater out of the area, or looking to move it out of a closet to get back some storage. If so, this will bring up some challenges that you may not be aware of to make it work.

Consider A New Tank

Moving a hot water tank brings up a lot of issues that may not be fixable with your current tank, which means that it is not as simple as moving the tank from one part of your home to the other. It may be best to get a brand-new hot water tank so that you can ensure that the tank is working properly.

Consider A Tankless Model

If you are tight on space, you may consider switching to a tankless hot water heater. These models are small boxes that are installed on a wall, and they heat the water on demand as you use it. Since you are not using a very large tank to hold onto a reserve of hot water, you can fit a tankless model in a laundry or utility room where it is out of the way completely.

Consider The Ventilation Method

You need to decide how you want to vent the hot water heater. If the old tank was vented through direct ventilation, meaning that the fumes naturally flowed out of the tank and through your chimney, then chances are that the hot water tank was very close to your chimney. If the hot water heater will be moved close to the chimney then you can still use direct ventilation.

However, placing the water heater in an odd place means that you may not have the option of direct ventilation. You'll need to use a power vent, which forces the fumes out of the home through a PVC pipe that goes out the side of your house. Power ventilation will likely involve purchasing a brand-new tank for it to work in the new location.

Consider The Energy Sources

Even if you plan on replacing a gas water heater with another gas water heater, you may now require an electrical line run to the water heater's new location. That is because a power ventilation model does require electricity for the hot water heater to work. This also means that the water heater will not be able to run during power outages, which is different from how the previous gas water heater worked.

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