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water heaters in series

ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 11,272
I am considering installing a small 20 gallon electric water heater in series with a 40 gallon gas water heater and am curious if it is considered safe and if it would be to code.  I cannot see any reason that it would be unsafe but may I'm missing something.

Reason is to have instant hot water in a location far from the gas water heater, yet I would rather not run the electric one more than necessary.  I'm going to have this 20 gallon electric water heater on hand for nothing so I'm trying to find a creative use for it.  I am currently using it as a temporary source of hot water while doing other work.
Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment


  • Mark EathertonMark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,843
    Should be no problem...

    So long as the installation meets code (floor drain in the vicinity, T&P relief valve etc) it should be fine.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
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