Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by DIY, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. DIY

    DIY Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    I would like to locate a "low boy" hot water heater between a 24 or 30" range , and a stacked washer and dryer unit. Is a required clearance needed between these appliances? If a minimum of clearance is needed would it be advisable to put some sort of insulation in clearance gap created?
    Thanks to all for their suggestions,advice and professional advice in advance!
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    A water heater will have a label on it indicating the minimum clearances. For typical gas units today, the numbers might be 4" front, 1" sides, 0" rear. Electric WH will also specify / But these are just examples. You must get the actual numbers from your unit.

    A washer/dryer probably has 0" clearance requirement, and a range may also be 0" but you do need to confirm that spec from the installation manual.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    water heater

    The only water heaters that low will be electric undercounter models.
  5. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

    Nov 27, 2005
    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    range needs counter space around it

    Will your have a bit of counter space on both sides of the range? Good plan.

    How many inches have you got to play with? If none, bear in mind that both appliances on either side of the HW heater are hollow and are designed to get hot, so there are no adverse effects or unforeseen impacts when the warmth of the HW heater warms up neighboring appliances by a few degrees. It's not a bad thing, it is a good thing, and nothing suffers.

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