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What is the average clearance needed around a hot water heater?

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The clearance space needed around a hot water heater is dependent upon whether the heater is a gas or electric model. Twenty-four inches of service clearance in front and two inches on the back and sides is recommended for gas water heaters, whereas electric heaters do not require minimum clearance.

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What is the average clearance needed around a hot water heater?
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Unlike other heating devices, electric heaters do not require a minimum clearance. However, many electrical equipment codes do recommend the provision of a 30 inch working space on the front and sides of the heater to allow for examination, adjustment or maintenance of the electrical equipment. The National Electrical Code also recommends a three foot clearance in front of electrical equipment and a minimum headroom requirement of six feet.

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