Originally Posted By: rmoore
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IRC P2801.3 Location. Water heaters and storage tanks shall be located and connected so as to provide access for observation, maintenance, servicing and replacement.
I don't think this qualifies...
[ Image: WH location ]
[ Image: the TPR ]
You might notice that I had to remove the bathroom door and then pull out the ventless combo washer/dryer to get any access. Then I found the TPR hard against the adjoining cabinet. Can't test it, and even worse, it would probably not be able to fully open if really needed. It did have a plumbed drip pan but I'm not sure I would like to be living in this 5 story, newly renovated block when all the "out of sight" heaters start failing in 10 or 12 years.
I'm recommending an access hole be made in the adjoining sink cabinet, for regular observation and to let the TPR operate and that a flood alarm be installed. However that only "solves" the problem in this unit which, evidently, is one of the last couple out of 40 similar units sold. I'm thinking it might be my job to recommend my client have the condo association check all the units for similar problems. Thoughts?
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