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FHA - Water Heaters

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J.C.

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Trying to find out if exterior water heaters need to have an enclosure. Assuming yes, but can't find any info.
 

CANative

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This isn't a specific FHA issue.

What would you do for a different type of lending appraisal?

It's not all that uncommon in California, especially Southern California which has a temperate climate.
 
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No, just double strapped unless it's tankless per CA law. Nothing says they have to be inside or enclosed.
 

J.C.

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No, just double strapped per CA law. Nothing says they have to be inside or enclosed.
Thank you! Never seen one not enclosed, that's why I asked
 
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Thank you! Never seen one not enclosed, that's why I asked

Wanted to triple check so looked up CA plumbing code.

"508.27 Protection of Outdoor Appliances.
Gas utilization appliances not listed for outdoor installation but installed out-doors shall be provided with protection to the degree that the environment requires."

So if rated for outdoor just 2x straps. If not rated outdoor, looks like massive interpretation.
 

RSW

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The FHA only requires the water heater be installed up to code. Look at local code and there is your answer.
 

Mark K

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I'd think the main issue is whether or not the appliance is rated for exterior installation (waterproof) and if so, are the connections (especially electrical) also waterproof.

The water heaters I've seen would not last long outside due to rust and water penetration into the unit, especially into the insulated area. I realize it doesn't rain much in parts of CA but it doesn't take much to cause an electrical short and the insulation would hold moisture a long time.
 

glenn walker

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In California YES and double strapped even if in closure *** If you are not sure call your HOC BUTI have had associates written up BY Santa-Ana (HOC ) in the last 24 months ?
 
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In California YES

Incorrect.

Code states if made for outdoors than doesn't need anything but straps. If not made for outdoor it needs, straps and "shall be provided with protection to the degree that the environment requires."
 
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