Water Heater - Box in or ignore?

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Forum topic by londonlad posted 02-16-2018 04:45 PM 682 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2018 04:45 PM

I’ve had a water heater in my existing shop for 20 years – no problems.

I’m moving to a new place with a pristine & huge basement! It has a water heater in one corner.

Should I box that heater in or just leave it?

Would appreciate opinions.


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#1 posted 02-16-2018 05:47 PM

If it’s gas fine dust may settle on parts that don’t want fine dust on them, but otherwise I wouldn’t worry about it (personally). I also wouldn’t spray lacquer down there…..but that’s about it.

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#2 posted 02-16-2018 06:15 PM

is the WH gas or electric ?

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#3 posted 02-16-2018 06:21 PM

Keep in mind that you will have to replace the water heater some day.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 02-16-2018 07:01 PM

If gas …no, if electric keep it accessable. Mine are in my basement, and don’t think about it, but mine are gas.

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 08:30 PM

If gas, you can enclose it remembering to leave enough room (a door big enough and not to small that it ticks off the installer) for when it has to be replaced. If gas and you enclose it, you will need to install combustion air venting in the top and bottom of the enclosure.

Electric doesn’t require combustion air venting and can also be enclosed, remembering to leave enough room to replace it when the time comes.

It’s your call if you want to enclose it. Alot of the newer gas water heaters all have sealed burner chambers.

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#6 posted 02-16-2018 08:34 PM

If you enclose it you’ll have two small walls to hang things on.

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#7 posted 02-16-2018 08:57 PM

Keep in mind that you will have to replace the water heater some day.

- EarlS

Otherwise, I wouldn’t worry about it.

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#8 posted 02-16-2018 09:05 PM

Try this

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