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 GA code gas hot heater install
Author: dilbert (GA)

I had 2 50gal gas water heaters installed by a local plumbing company. The two previous heaters were on a metal stands off the basement cement floor. The plumber placed the two new heaters directly on floor, not on a stand. My question is, is this to code in GA?

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: packy (MA)

i would think that if not to code the inspector would not pass the instalation..

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: dilbert (GA)

This is a 17 year old house, so no inspection necessary to replace the old heaters I think.

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: hj (AZ)

The only reason for a stand was in a garage, to raise the pilot light above any gas fumes, or protect it from impact by a vehicle. The new heaters do NOT need the pilot raised in a garage installation. Basement installations NEVER needed a stand, unless there was a flooding problem.

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: packy (MA)

replace a gas appliance and NO inspection ????

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: dilbert (GA)

Hj, well no flooding in the basement, live in a no-flood zone.

Packy, this is a replacement, don't think replacements would require an inspection.

Was just wondering, was talking to a friend at work who once lived in Texas and he said all water heaters had to be on a stand, The previous heaters were on a stand in the same spot for over 15 years. Don't want to get hit if I ever wanted to sell the house and an inspector would say the gas water heaters violates GA code by not being on a stand.

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: LegacyProSolutions (GA)

No stand required.

Chapter five of plumbing code outlines installation requirements for water heaters. Neither IPC nor GA code amendments require a stand in your circumstance, specifically being in a basement.

Now, let's assume all other aspects of installation satisfy code. :)

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: packy (MA)

my point exactly..
if the homeowneris so concerned that the installers did not comply wilh all aspects of GA code, why then just worry about a metal stand? what about screws in the smoke pipe? what about sufficient combustion air? etc..

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: steve (CA)

What does the code say about a permit for a replacement water heater?

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: LegacyProSolutions (GA)

GA does not require permitting for the replacement of water heaters at the state level. However local municipalities , certain counties and cities do have specific requirements that vary widely. i.e. City of Atlanta would request a permit for a water heater replacement, where many counties in GA wouldn't.

It's easier to read the IPC than keeping up with permit requirements in GA. :think2:

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

It's kinda the same in my area, if the heater is the same size and uses the same fuel no inspection is required. Switching from gas to electric or vice versa or installing a larger heater requires an inspection.

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 Re: GA code gas hot heater install
Author: PlumberLoren (CA)

Do you have a floor drain in the basement? If not flooding could occur under certain conditions. I.E. a broken water pipe that could flood the area while you are away. What does having an inspection hurt? Wouldn't you feel better knowing that a gas appliance is installed correctly. Gas can be extremely dangerous. Like was mentioned, screws to secure the vent in place, etc.

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