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    I came across a little 6 gal water heater installed in a garage bathroom today. It's a 110-120 volt unit. The power supply is an appliance cord plugged into a receptacle. Is this allowed on a small 6 gal unit like this. My first thought was it needs to be hardwired with flexible conduit.

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    Default Re: 6 gal water heater wiring?

    Disconnecting means.


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    Electric water heaters are not listed and tested with a cord and plug connection. So the purest will tell you that it is not allowed. And it should have a disconnecting means..

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    Attachment taken from Reem Installation Instructions.
    If it comes with a Power Cord Plug It In.
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    Default Re: 6 gal water heater wiring?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trent Tarter View Post
    I came across a little 6 gal water heater installed in a garage bathroom today. It's a 110-120 volt unit. The power supply is an appliance cord plugged into a receptacle. Is this allowed on a small 6 gal unit like this. My first thought was it needs to be hardwired with flexible conduit.
    Hey Trent how are ya? hope all is good in Wash. did you 2 look into Vancouver?

    Water heater thats a 60Gal correct ?
    That bracket is not going to work
    Did it have straps
    I Like to remove the cover plate and see how they did the wire connection.
    was the breaker a match for that unit is that wall outlet on a 15 amp breaker
    what was the water heaters amps? 30 amps
    You need a disconnect in view and hard wired. just as Jeff stated.

    Best to buddy

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    Is it a "listed or labeled" appliance? I would look for this. If not remove it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Miller View Post

    Is it a "listed or labeled" appliance? I would look for this. If not remove it..
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    Who Sells Non- Listed or labeled WH ?
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    Default Re: 6 gal water heater wiring?

    Ron its a 6 gallon, not 60. I have on of those in my rental unit just for the sink. Looks like a means of disconnect right on the receptacle, the switch under the plug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Remas View Post
    Disconnecting means.
    Huh????

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Miller View Post
    Electric water heaters are not listed and tested with a cord and plug connection. So the purest will tell you that it is not allowed. And it should have a disconnecting means..
    Some of those small 6-10 gallon ones are, as Billy pointed out in his post.

    Regardless, though, I would not want it supported on that shelf support.

    Another thing to look at with those small water heaters is to make sure they are not listed and labeled for use in RVs ('only' would be the listing) or manufactured homes ('only' would be the listing). Billy what was that listed for in those installation instructions?

    I'd also wonder of the rating on that switch (the disconnect).

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    Default Re: 6 gal water heater wiring?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post

    Some of those small 6-10 gallon ones are, as Billy pointed out in his post.

    Billy what was that listed for in those installation instructions?
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    *see attachment
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    Default Re: 6 gal water heater wiring?

    It doesn't look like it the photo but the shelf is actually holding it up pretty well, I am recommending additional support. As far as the cord goes it sounds like it is acceptable and even comes with some of these small 6 gallon models. Thanks for the help guys.


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