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    Journeyman & Gas Fitter Doherty Plumbing's Avatar
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    Hey guys,

    Have any of you ever seen a gas HWT installed in a crawl space? A customer wants to move his furnace and gas hot water tank to his crawl space. The furnace shouldn't be a problem but I would really like to find a gas HWT that is meant to be installed on it's side! I only have 52" from concrete slab to the bottom of the floor joists.

    If anyone can help me out with some suggestions I would really appreciate it!

    Thanks guys

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    In the "old days" they made stubby gas water heaters for crawl space installations, but now, the shortest is a 48" 30 gallon model. NONE can be installed on their side, and there are many reasons why it cannot be done.

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    Sorry I don't know of any...
    Last edited by Cass; 01-28-2010 at 07:10 AM.

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    Lochinvar has some shorter commercial heaters but I think the lowest BTU is 90K and being commercial and Lochinvar might make it priced right out of consideration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    In the "old days" they made stubby gas water heaters for crawl space installations, but now, the shortest is a 48" 30 gallon model. NONE can be installed on their side, and there are many reasons why it cannot be done.
    I would be looking for a tank SPECIFICALLY designed to be installed horizontal. I have never seen a gas tank like this (seen electrics though). I can definitely understand why they don't make them...

    I guess I'll have to try and sell this guy on a tankless model. Either than or he's going to an electric whether he likes it or not :P

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    You might take a look at one of these...
    Pricey but it may bee better than tankless in colder climates...
    They are short enough to fit and the fact they are condensing makes venting a bit easier...
    http://www.eternalwaterheater.com/pd...al_Catalog.pdf

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