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Tate Decker

09:57AM | 12/09/03
Member Since: 12/08/03
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I just bought a house with a gas water heater in a finished portion of my garage. The water heater has 2 outside vents at the top and bottom of the water heater. That is great for my water heater but not for my winter heating bills, since the garage is heated on the same system as the rest of my house. Can I safely enclose the water heater as long as its vented? Are their any clearance requirements? thanks for the help.

R Man

12:39PM | 12/10/03
Member Since: 12/09/03
7 lifetime posts
I don't understand your problem. The water heater is used only for domestic hot water? The garage is heated? How will enclosing the water heater help your energy bill?

My guess is that you would like to stop heating your garage. If the water heater has a fresh air supply, enclosing it should be no problem. Just leave enough room for a repair man to navigate around the unit. If the water heater does not have an outside air supply, simply make sure the door to the new closet has a louvered vent cut in. You will want to insulate the new closet as well.

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