DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Plumbing Forum > water heater transport




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-17-2012, 05:03 PM  
kok328
Supporting Member
HRT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Grand Blanc, MI
Posts: 2,185
Liked 105 Times on 92 Posts
Likes Given: 61

Default water heater transport

I know that it is not advisable to transport a refridgerator in the horizontal positiion but, what about a 40 gallon, gas water heater (new in the box)?



__________________
kok328 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-17-2012, 06:23 PM  
paul52446m
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Houghton Lake, Mi.
Posts: 435
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kok328 View Post
I know that it is not advisable to transport a refridgerator in the horizontal positiion but, what about a 40 gallon, gas water heater (new in the box)?
I lay them down on there back still in the box all the time. Paul


__________________
paul52446m is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2012, 10:24 AM  
Redwood
Certified Lunatic
 
Redwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Olde Tyme, Connecticut
Posts: 887
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by paul52446m View Post
I lay them down on there back still in the box all the time. Paul
As do I, The van is not tall enough to transport most water heaters standing up, and I'm not going to put a sunroof in the cargo area of my van.

However, it should be noted that the water heater manufacturers do state to transport them in the upright position only. and the reason for this it in the horizontal position there is an increased strain on the diptube and a risk of it breaking off inside the water heater. Especially if you are travelling on a very rough road with lots of bumps to shock it. I've never been bitten by this yet but it can happen which is reason for their recommendation.
__________________
Redwood is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2012, 04:56 PM  
kok328
Supporting Member
HRT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Grand Blanc, MI
Posts: 2,185
Liked 105 Times on 92 Posts
Likes Given: 61

Default

The dip tube and anode rod was my main concern.
But as Paul mentioned, lay them down on their back; meaning gas valve up.
All I have to do now is figure out which way is up.

__________________
kok328 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-18-2012, 05:18 PM  
paul52446m
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Houghton Lake, Mi.
Posts: 435
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kok328 View Post
The dip tube and anode rod was my main concern.
But as Paul mentioned, lay them down on their back; meaning gas valve up.
All I have to do now is figure out which way is up.
I guess maybe i have been lucky for the last 40 years never had a problem,
but there is a first time for every thing. So know i guess i would have to say,
do it at your own risk!!! Paul
__________________
paul52446m is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-29-2012, 10:11 AM  
itiswhatitis1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 43
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kok328
I know that it is not advisable to transport a refridgerator in the horizontal positiion but, what about a 40 gallon, gas water heater (new in the box)?
You don't transport refrigerator horizontal because of the freon. There is no freon in a water heater. Ask the guy at lowe's or home depot
__________________
itiswhatitis1 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-29-2012, 01:34 PM  
paul52446m
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Houghton Lake, Mi.
Posts: 435
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by itiswhatitis1 View Post
You don't transport refrigerator horizontal because of the freon. There is no freon in a water heater. Ask the guy at lowe's or home depot
Transporting a refrigerator laying down has nothing to do with the Freon. The
Freon is spread all through the system under equal pressure. The reason they don't want them laying down is you could lose the oil out of the compressor.
Some of the oil will go through the system mixed with the Freon when it running
So if the oil does leave the compressor when laying down, after you fire it up you will get it back. But for a while you are running the compressor low on oil,
which could damage the compressor.
So now you can tell the boys at Lowe's you know the real reason for not laying a refrigerator down.
Redwood answered the question about why not to transport a water heater laying down. Paul
__________________

Last edited by paul52446m; 01-29-2012 at 01:37 PM.
paul52446m is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2012, 07:42 AM  
kok328
Supporting Member
HRT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Grand Blanc, MI
Posts: 2,185
Liked 105 Times on 92 Posts
Likes Given: 61

Default

The only reason I asked this question is because I have a hard tonneu cover on my pickup and didn't feel like removing it to bring the water heater home.
However, it would be completely foolish/lazy of me to risk damage when I do have the means to transport it without laying it down.
I also didn't want to lay it down right in front of the salesperson, damage the dip tube, gas valve or anode rod and then potentially have to exercise a warranty at a later date. Commonly known as "pound wise and penny foolish".

As far as the refridgerator, I heard that if for whatever reason you do lay them down, you also stand the risk of the compressor falling off the vibration absorbtion cushions inside the casing. I also heard that if you do lay them down, you have to let them stand upright for awhile before plugging them in.

I'll have to verify this with the part-time, high school kids at Lowe's.

__________________

Last edited by kok328; 01-30-2012 at 07:46 AM.
kok328 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-30-2012, 04:11 PM  
oldognewtrick
Moderator
HRT_MODERATOR.png
 
oldognewtrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 5,149
Liked 433 Times on 363 Posts
Likes Given: 140

Default

Yep, Lowes Knowes.



__________________
oldognewtrick is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
MUST I replace a hot water heater that got water damage from Hurricane Irene? Seidperson Plumbing Forum 2 09-12-2011 07:12 PM
can I reuse hot/cold water flex lines on gas water heater? gordon Plumbing Forum 2 12-14-2008 12:16 PM
Hot Water Heater guyod Plumbing Forum 6 01-24-2008 11:57 AM
New water heater maverick General Appliance Discussion 1 03-29-2006 08:39 AM