It’s certainly an odd question, but they do indeed have something in common:
They both require permits if you’re planning on replacing them.
I would imagine that most homeowners weren’t aware of this fact — I know I certainly wasn’t. You need a permit to replace your hot water heater? Nobody wants to suffer through cold showers while they’re waiting for their permit to be issued. But this actually makes sense, especially if a you’re planning on increasing the capacity of your water heater.
Why? Because in order to upgrade the size of your water heater, you may very likely have to increase the size of the exhaust flue as well. A 50-gallon tank requires a different diameter flue pipe than a 75 gallon tank, and not matching them up properly is not only a violation of building code but also a potential safety issue. Even if you aren’t increasing the size of the heater, the City wants to ensure that they are installed properly in accordance with the latest building code.
For more information on the requirements for replacing windows or water heaters, visit these two links:
If you have additional questions, contact Chris Valley in the San Carlos Building Department at 802-4262, or you can drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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