GENERAL RULES TO FOLLOW
FOR SAFE OPERATION
1. You should follow these instructions when you install your
heater. In the United States: The installation must conform
with local codes or, in the absence of local codes, the
National Fuel Gas Code ANSI Z223. 1 /NFPA 54.
In Canada: The Installation should conform with CGA
B149.(1,2) INSTALLATION CODES and /or local installation
2. Carefully plan where you install the heater. Correct
combustion air supply and flue pipe installation are very
important. If not installed correctly, fatal accidents can be
caused by lack of air, carbon monoxide poisoning or fire.
3. The place where you install the heater must have enough
ventilation. The National Fire Codes do not allow gas fired
water heater installation in bathrooms, bedrooms or any
occupied rooms normally kept closed. See the section below
on locating the heater.
4. You must vent your heater. See section on Venting, Page
5. The appliance must be disconnected from the gas supply
piping system during any pressure testing at pressures in
excess of 1/2 Psig (3.5 kPa).
The appliance must be isolated from the gas supply piping
system by closing its individual manual shutoff valve during
any pressure testing of the gas supply piping system at test
pressures equal to or more than 1/2 Psig (3.5Kpa). The
appliance and its gas connection must be leak tested before
placing the appliance in operation.
6. Keep water heater area clear and free from combustibles
and flammable liquids. Do not locate the heater over any
material which might burn.
7. Correct gas pressure is critical for the optimum
operation of this heater (see specifications on page 2). Gas
piping must be sized to provide the required pressure at the
maximum output of the heater, while all the other gas
appliances are in operation. Check with your local gas
supplier, and see the section on connecting the gas supply.
8. Should overheating occur or the gas supply fail to shut
off, turn off the gas supply at the manual gas shut off valve
on the gas line.
9. Do not use this appliance if any part has been underwater.
Immediately call a qualified service technician to inspect
the appliance and to replace any part of the control system
and any gas control which has been underwater.
PROPER LOCATION FOR INSTALLING YOUR
Carefully select the location of your new heater. For your
safety and for proper heater operation, you must provide an
abundant supply of combustion air and a proper venting
The heater may still operate even when improperly vented.
It will, however, be less efficient and could eventually damage
the heater. It could even result in human sickness or death
due to oxygen deprivation and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Follow the guidelines below:
1. Place your heater as close to a vent or chimney as
2. National building codes require that you do not install
this appliance in bathrooms, bedrooms, unvented closet or
any occupied rooms normally kept closed.
3. Simultaneous operation of other appliances such as
exhaust fans, ventilation systems clothes dryers, fireplaces
or wood stoves could create a vacuum effect in your home
which could cause dangerous combustion by-products to
spill back into your home rather than venting to the outside
through the flue. Confirm that your Aquastar is venting
properly when all these other appliances are running. See
section on venting.
Do not obstruct the flow of combustion and ventilation
air to the appliance. If installed near a clothes dryer it is
very important that the dryer be properly vented. Failure to
properly vent a dryer could result in a gradual accumulation
of lint on the water heater fin coils and burners, leading to a
dangerous condition of vent blockage and poor unsafe
4. Your hot water lines should be kept short to save energy.
It is always best to have hot water lines insulated.
5. This product is neither designed nor approved for outside
installations. This product is not approved for manufactured
homes (mobile home), recreational vehicles (RV) or boats.
Reference ANSI Z21. 1 0.3.
WARNING: The water in this water heater is cold and
always remains cold except for the times that hot water is
being used DO NOT INSTALL IN AN AREA WHERE IT
Drain the heater entirely if freezing temperatures are
anticipated in area where heater is installed by disconnecting
both the inlet and outlet water connections from the heater
(disconnect the outlet flex line from where it connects to
the copper heat exchanger). Additionally, remove the drain
plug under the water valve. See Fig 1.
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