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
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. The 38B is not
approved for boat or RV installations.
4. You must vent your heater. See section on VENTING,
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
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. The 38B is
not approved for boat or RV installations.
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 combustion.
4. Your hot water lines should be kept short to save energy.
It is always best to have hot water lines insulated.
WARNING: The water in this water heater is cold
and always remains cold exept for the times that hot water
is being used DO NOT INSTALL IN AN AREA WHERE IT
This heater is neither designed for nor approved for
Drain the heater entirely if freezing temperatures are
anticipated in area where heater is installed by discon-
necting both the inlet and outlet water connections.
Additionally, remove the drain plug under the water valve.
See Fig 0.
Fig. 0 - Water heater drain plug
WARNING: Flammable materials, gasoline,
pressurized containers, or any other items or articles
that are potentially fire hazards must NOT be placed
on or adjacent to the heater. The appliance area must
be kept free of all combustible materials, gasoline
and other flammable vapors and liquids.