Does my water heater need a platform?

In fact, you may be wondering if you should use a water heater stand. But do you really need one? Some water heaters require the use of a stand, but it’s typically the building and plumbing codes in your area that have the final say on the matter.

How do you frame a water heater platform?

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Quote from Youtube video: Doing would be to cut a piece of plywood or OSB something 24 inches wide by 24 inches. And you can always measure your water heater and make it a little smaller or a little bigger if needed.

Why is my water heater on a platform?

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.

How high off the ground should a water heater be?

18 inches

According to the Uniform Plumbing Code, a natural gas tank water heater should be installed at least 18 inches from the ground. It’s also important to note that this measurement doesn’t necessarily start at the bottom of the unit.

Can a gas water heater sit on a wood stand?

Gas water heaters can sit directly on the floor if they are FVIR(flammable vapor ignition-resistant). All gas 30, 40, and 50-gallon water heaters sold to the North American market after 2005 must comply with ANSI Z21.

Should water heaters be elevated?

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.

Why do water heaters have to be off the ground?

It is not necessary for electric water heaters, or 30 to 50-gallon gas water heaters manufactured after mid-2003. The code states that “appliances having an ignition source shall be elevated not less than 18 inches (457 mm) above the floor in garages,” and the purpose of this stipulation is fire safety.

Do you need a pan under water heater?

If your water heater is installed in an attic space or inside the interior living space, a drain pan is required under your water heater. Drain pans are not required for water heaters inside garages in most states. Additionally, the drain pan needs a drain pipe that drains to the outside or a nearby floor drain.

Can a gas hot water heater be in a closet?

Water heaters can be installed in bedroom or bathroom closets, if necessary or preferred, but only if they’re an electric, direct vent or sealed combustion chamber unit. Other water heaters that use fuel combustion are not permitted to be installed in bedrooms, bathrooms or closets that open into these rooms.

Can you put a gas water heater in a garage?

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.

What is code for a water heater in a garage?

CPC 507.13

Located in a Garage (CPC 507.13) – Water heaters located in a garage must be elevated so the pilot light and controls are at least 18” above the garage floor surface (unless the unit is listed as flammable vapor ignition resistant).

Can you put a water heater on floor in garage?

Can Water Heaters Be Installed in a Garage? Yes, you can install your water heater in the garage. I have my hot water heater installed in my garage, actually. If there’s no good location anywhere else in your home, the garage is a great location for a water heater.

Do electric water heaters need to be elevated in garage?

Water heaters having an ignition source shall be elevated so that the source of ignition is not less than 18” above the garage floor. An ignition source could be many things, including an open flame, electrical switch, open resistance heating coils, or an electrical igniter unit.