Originally Posted By: evandeven
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From a post by Jerry Peck at Inspection News:
IGNITION SOURCE. A flame, spark
or hot surface capable of igniting flammable vapors or fumes. Such sources include appliance burners, burner ignitions and electrical switching devices.
Ever seen a burned out element on a water heater? Certainly fits the above definition of an ignition source.
P2801.6 Water heaters installed in garages. Water heaters having an ignition source
shall be elevated such that the source of ignition is not less than 18 inches (457 mm) above the garage floor.
Underlining is mine.
M1307.3 Elevation of ignition source. Appliances having an ignition source shall be elevated such that the source of ignition is not less than 18 inches (457 mm) above the floor in garages. For the purpose of this section, rooms or spaces that are not part of the living space of a dwelling unit and that communicate with a private garage through openings shall be considered to be part of the garage.
I believe it was the Uniform Building code which specifically included electric water heaters in this.
|Electric does not need to raised because there is no ignition source.
According to the above, it does need to be raised. The "ignition source" is required to be raised 18 inches above the garage floor.
I am waiting to hear from Rheem about the exact clarification on this.
Eric Van De Ven
Magnum Inspections Inc.
I get paid to be suspicious when there is nothing to be suspicious about!