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  1. 2)Carbon monoxide poisoning - Any obstruction in the water heat flue can allow combustion gas byproducts, including carbon monoxide, to backup into the room. This is especially dangerous if the water heater is in a bedroom (called a “sleeping room” in the building code). So a gas water heater cannot be installed in a bedroom, bathroom, or a closet opening onto a bedroom or bathroom (with the exception of a direct-vent water heater), unless it is inside a dedicated enclosure, with a solid, weatherstripped, and self-closing door, with a sweep at the bottom and all combustion air supplied from the exterior.

    Two ways to get around all these requirements are to replace your gas water heater with an electric one at the same location, or install a tankless gas water heater at an outside wall near the original water heater location. The electric water heater will likely be the more cost-effective solution of the two.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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