Moving Water Heater and Adding a Second
First time poster long time reader here. We have a newly- acquired split-level home with a 23-year-old, full-height, 50 gal. electric water heater (WH) sitting in a ground level laundry room. We'd like to clear out the room for more laundry space by putting a new short/stubby WH into the crawl space just behind its current location. The crawl space has a 44" height and all the plumbing and electrical is already there. Any problems with putting an electric WH in a crawl space?
Second, the sizes for short/stubby heaters are limited, so we thought about installing a second electric WH at the other end of the crawlspace (40 feet away) to independently feed the kitchen and another full bath which both suffer from lag in the arrival of hot water (we're on a well too so water conservation is a concern) given their current distance from the WH. Would two independent 30-38 gal. WH present any real gains for us? Tankless is probably out of our budget, not convinced of the economy of a 120v point-of-use system, and I don't believe we'd be doing a parallel or series configuration in this example, just two cold lines out to two WH with independent hot water lines. It sounds simple, but can't come up with anyone who has done it, so your insight is appreciated.