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Do you need a special water heater for a mobile home?

Last Updated: 28th February, 2020

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Yes. Mobile homes, also known as manufactured homes, are required to comply with the rules laid down by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mobile home water heaters have interchangeable gas and propane orifices so that the water heater can be converted from natural gas to propane gas operation.

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Beside this, how much does it cost to replace a water heater in a mobile home?

Depending on your selection, the average cost for water heater installation is between $1,000 to $3,000.

are tankless water heaters safe for mobile homes? Yes, you can add a tankless water heater to a mobile home, but you need to find out what on-site gas or electric changes need to be made in order for your home to accept the tankless water heater. You also need to consider your local climate when determining where to install the water heater.

In this manner, what is the best hot water heater for a mobile home?

Ideal for smaller homes and mobile homes, the Reliance 6 20 SOMS K electric is one of the best options for having a regular source of water for showers and washing dishes. If you're looking for an electric water heater that can be installed as a mobile home hot water heater, this model will be a great choice.

How do you replace a water heater in a mobile home?

Instructions

  1. Shut off the Water and Gas. Close the shutoff valve on the cold water supply line feeding the water heater.
  2. Drain the Tank.
  3. Remove the Old Water Heater.
  4. Install a Drip Pan.
  5. Add the TPR Valve.
  6. Place the New Water Heater.
  7. Complete the Vent Connection.
  8. Add a TPR Discharge Tube.

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