Would someone explain to me...

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by smhowell, May 20, 2007.

  1. smhowell

    smhowell New Member

    Apr 2, 2005
    My husband and I have a really small house, so every square foot matters. Would someone explain to me why we can't put the water heater about the ceiling like we installed the central heat unit? There is more than 8 foot clearance up there. I want a 50-gallon capacity unit.

    Is there a half height unit we could get for a reasonable price? Otherwise, if we wanted to spend $3500, we could install a gas tankless heater to recover the space, but this house is not appreciating, so we would never recover the expense.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    water heater

    If you want to you can do it. There are no half height gas heaters but they do make a shorter one than standard, and electric ones come in various heights. The two problems are providing a way to get it up there, and then out again when it should leak, and protecting the house from damage when it leaks.
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  4. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer...to be caring and loving to a
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    what about freezing???

    I dont know where you live , if it is
    in the warmer climates that never freeze you are
    all set....

    if not then putting a heater in an unheated attic
    is not wise...

    and you could almost add a garage or a large storage barn
    for $3500

    recently we winterized to a home where some jack leg
    actually moved the well tank and most of the water lines
    into the unheated attic......

    how this passed the home inspection is beyond me......
    when the house was sold to some dummie,,

    but come this
    winter it will all freeze up solid...
    Last edited: May 20, 2007
  5. smhowell

    smhowell New Member

    Apr 2, 2005
    Thanks very much.

    Making a convenient attic access (I plan to anyway) and waterproofing is doable. but freezing in winter is a reason I can accept as an idea killer.

  6. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego
    It used to be done more often; In don't see it so much any more.

    A 40 gallon tank, full, weighs probalby 400 pounds. Many ceilings are not built to support that weight. If it is gas, you will have possible issues with combustion air supply, and it you are in a very hot climate, you will have issues keeping the pilot lit in the summer. Also, today an inspector will insist on very good access for maintenance and replacement. Pushing it up through a hatch would not be accepted.
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