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Gas water heater in a kitchen, is it legal?

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Should a gas water heater be in the kitchen next to a gas stove? There is a pipe ( i am assuming this is the vent) that is coming out of the top of the water heater that is going directly into the wall. This is a two story apartment complex with four units. I was told by the realtor that it is safe but I cannot find any information. I have never seen anything like this before. I have never used gas, my utilities were always electric. Any advice or comments would be appreciated. Thank you. Laura
asked in Gas Water Heater by darekrudy (21,730 points)
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Hi Laura,
Kitchen installations of a water heater are not prohibited by code. For as long as this water heater is properly installed (gas supply, venting, water connections, TPR valve, support / strapping if required in your area) and it has sufficient amount of combustion air provided. Everything has been explained in my articles under the Plumbing / Gas Water Heater category.
If you could take a few pictures of this installation (from a distance and close-ups of gas pipes, vent pipe, water pipes) and provide me with a BTU rating (on the manufacturers label attached to the WH) I should be able to tell you if everything has been correctly installed.
 Let me know, thanks.
answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)
Hi, thanks for you answer. the apt i am looking at is in another state i am not sure if I can answer your questions. I was veiwing it online. I could ask the agency the questions and get back to you. thanks again .