Installation Check List

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Installation check list for gas tank-type water heaters with atmospheric venting. Find out more about location, venting, plumbing, electric and gas work.


According to the manufacturer of gas water heaters, installation and service should be done by the licensed technician or plumber with the local or national codes and manufacturer’s instructions observed. Below is the installation check list for gas tank-type water heaters that are using atmospheric venting for removing the products of combustion. The checklist applies to any water heater manufacturer and should be used only as a reference.

Location

  • The best location for atmospheric vent gas water heaters is as close as possible to the hot water fixtures, gas piping, vent system and electrical outlet.

  • The gas water heater must be installed indoors where the products of combustion are transfered outside.

  • Tank type heaters are installed in vertical position, on the floor (level surface) and not directly on the carpet. Avoid installation in bathrooms, bedrooms and occupied rooms.

  • It is recommended to put the metal drain pan under the water heater.

  • The unit should be protected from freezing, including piping.

  • Provide enough clearances from combustibles such as clothes, paper, boxes...

  • The room must be free of paint, aerosols, solvents, gasoline vapors and other corrosive and flammable materials, also not exposed to the excessive amounts of dirt, dust, lint...

  • The unit has to be accessible and provide enough clearance for maintenance and service.

  • Never run the unit if flood damaged.

  • Do not install unapproved gas water heater in mobile homes.
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Venting

  • Water heater must be vented to outdoors.

  • Locate the unit close to the chimney.

  • Venting / exhaust system must be done per codes.

  • The size and material of the vents are according to the local codes and manufacturer instructions.

  • Draft hood must be properly installed with vent connectors securely fastened.

  • Flue baffle must be in the flue tube.

  • Vent pipe must be free of obstacles, kinks, damages and changes in diameter.

  • Recommended venting system should have minimum number of elbows and min. length.

  • Provisions for air intake must provide enough air supply and have sufficient size. Small enclosures and confined areas must have two permanent openings. The size of each opening depends on the total BTUH input.

  • Avoid installing the unit so it gets the fresh combustion air from rooms with the negative pressure.

  • Air for combustion and ventilation must not come from corrosive atmosphere.

Plumbing work

  • The water heater is designed for potable water heating, so install the piping made of the suitable material (CPVC, copper).

  • TPR valve properly installed with the discharge line.

  • Piping and connections must be free of leaks.

  • Shut off valve installed on cold water inlet line.

  • Thermal expansion tank installed for closed systems.

  • The manufacturer recommends installation of the mixing or anti-scald devices to reduce the hot water temperature.

  • Fill the water heater tank before installation.

Gas connections

  • Gas line must have shut-off valve, ground joint union and drip leg.

  • The size and pipe material per codes/instructions.

  • Water heater must use the type of gas as listed on the rating plate.

  • Check for the gas leaks and correct it if found any.

Electric work

  • Electrical connection must be done per codes and manufacturer instructions.

  • Install the water heater as close to the 120 VAC as possible.

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