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Water heater code issue ; no isolation valve on the hot outlet ?
2nd time I've had an inspector tell us it's not safe to have a valve on the hot side. Not exactly in the codes here ( Long Island ) , but he claims its a safety issue and open to enforcement anyway. His theory is if the cold and hot valves are shut and you have a runaway aquastat and plugged relief, you just made a bomb.
My thinking is its already a bomb if nothing is running on the hot side of any sink.
Anyone else have this issue ? Are we in the minority for wanting an isolation valve on the hot out ?