Looking for some advice, as I’m about to sell my house and I want to keep the buyer’s home inspector happy.
I have a 50-gal serving 2.5 bathrooms (incl master) and a 65-gal serving 3.5 bathrooms (and kitchen) (big house). The 65 has failed and I’m replacing it. I’ve now discovered that I’m a NAECA victim - it’s an attic install, nobody makes 65 gal tanks anymore (apparently), and no 75 gal tanks are installable in attics with a normal 26" attic opening, courtesy of the federal government (sigh). That side of the house originally had a 75 installed during construction.
If I install a state-of-the-art high-efficiency 50-gal tank with a high first-hour recovery (93 gal), will that pass muster with a home inspector, or are there guidelines or code requirement dictating that 3.5 bathrooms (3 showers) needs higher tank capacity, regardless of FHR? My fallback is to convert that side of the house to tandem 40’s at egregious cost (cutting roof, new vents, pans, drain line code changes, on and on…)
Thanks for a reading on this,