Came across a couple gas water heater tanks in a slightly unusual setup today on a warranty inspection. The customer was concerned because of comments made to him on a previous inspection and by the building supervisor. Also because he has noticed that the builder moved the tanks in newer builds of this model. Ultimately the installation passed city code and was left as is, despite his complaints.
The setup was in an area that would normally be a walk in attic off of a bedroom closet. It was slightly unsual because the attic part was not accessible, they had just created a second closet behind the first. Or perhaps it could be described as a semi finished attic space.
The area was ventilated properly as far as I could see with inlet and exit openings for the combustion air to mix with the attic.
The door from the closet was weather-stripped.
The units appeared properly installed and exhausted. And appeared to be functioning correctly.
As the closet ventilation appeared correct and weather strip was in place, I would consider this installation no different from it being a conventional attic install or a closet type installation in a hallway between bedrooms. Both of which I see with regularity.
I thought I had seen something somewhere that prohibited this by a bedroom. But I could not find anything in my books. As I said, the homeowner had been scared by previous “experts” he talked to. My initial thought was that this installation, while a bit unusual and not preferred in my opinion (mainly for being in the attic), would pose no more danger to his family than any other water heater installation in the area.
Any thoughts from code or plumbing gurus out there? Would you write it up at all? Recommend that the city come out and check that it meets their requirements?