Paula, Renter in Altadena, CA

can your hotwater heater be in the basement? Its an old house with really bad plumbing. The bedrooms are on top of it. Should it be moved?

Asked by Paula, Altadena, CA Thu Aug 11, 2011

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As others have pointed out, this is very common and unless there is some other condition requiring it there is no reason to move it. However, if your plumbing is really outdated you may want to upgrade it, but it's more cost-effective to do that in conjunction with a kitchen or bath remodel since you'll have to open the walls for that anyway.

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Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 13, 2011
First, a "hot water Heater" is a redundancy. It's a "Water Heater" Second, get in touch with a licensed contractor. Not a RE professional unless they are also licensed contractors.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 12, 2011
The California Basements that are so common in Pasadena area homes are the most common location for the hot water heater and the furnace. From a safety stand point, the hot water heater is required to be strapped to the wall on both the top and the bottom. This protects it from falling in case of an earthquake. From a functional stand point, the water heater should perform its duties well down in the basement. If you are not getting enough hot water in the home, then maybe the temperature is not set high enough or it is too small to handle the needs of the household. The landlord is responsible for providing a functioning water heater, so if it is not working well, then you should request to have a repair person come out to look at it. Good luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 12, 2011
Paula - since you seem to be from California, you're probably not that familiar with "basements" in general. Here in the midwest, the water heater is in the basement about 99% of the time. It's the typical location for a water heater here.

We don't have the option of putting it in the garage (it would freeze), nor outside. Sometimes we find it inside in a small utility room, or under a kitchen counter, but that's rare.

I'd be more concerned with "bad plumbing" than a basement location for your water heater.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 12, 2011
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
The hot water heater can be anywhere you want to put it (indoors of course), so long as there is a way of connecting it to your plumbing. The condition of the pipes or its proximity to the bedrooms are not relevant. It's proximity to the bathroom(s) and/or kitchen is relevant.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 11, 2011
Replacing the plumbing should be a higher priority.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 11, 2011
Yes, it is very common for hot water heaters to be located in the basement
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