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Location; Installing The Water Heater; Local Installation Regulations; Inspect Shipment - GE AP12170-4 Use And Care Manual

Single and double element models side or top water connections residential 20–52 gallon
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Installing the water heater.

The location chosen for the water heater must take into consideration the following:

Local Installation Regulations

The installation of this water heater
must be in accordance with the
Manufactured Home Construction and
Safety Standard (Title 24, CFR; Part
3280) and the following instructions;
and local codes governing the
installation of water heaters in
manufactured homes (mobile homes).


Locate the water heater in a clean dry
area as near as practical to the area of
greatest heated water demand. Long
uninsulated hot water lines can waste
energy and water.
Place the water heater in such a manner
that the thermostat and element
access panels can be removed to permit
inspection and servicing such as removal
of elements or checking controls.
The water heater and water lines should
be protected from freezing
temperatures. Do not install the water
heater in outdoor, unprotected areas.
A—Diameter of water
heater plus 2" min.
B—Maximum 2"
NOTICE: Auxiliary catch pan MUST conform to local codes.
Catch Pan Kits are available from the store where the water
heater was purchased, or any water heater distributor.

Inspect Shipment

Inspect the water heater for possible damage. Check the markings on the rating
plate of the water heater to be certain the power supply corresponds to the water
heater requirements.
If additional wiring information is desired,
the latest edition of the National
Electrical Code is recommended. It is
available from some local libraries or can
be purchased from the National Fire
Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch
Park, Quincy, MA 02269 as booklet
CAUTION: The water heater should
not be located in an area where leakage
of the tank or connections will result in
damage to the area adjacent to it or to
lower floors of the structure. Where
such areas cannot be avoided, it is
recommended that a suitable catch
pan, adequately drained, be installed
under the water heater.
To open drain, line
should be at least 3/4"
ID and pitched for
proper drainage.

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