While it is very easy to heat water in a water heater, this simplicity does not extend to its installation. It involves plumbing and electrical work that can put off quite a few people. So, the next best thing is to hire a plumber - an expensive proposition. Apart from charging you for the installation labor, the plumber also tacks on a nice profit on fitting a new water heater. In case you are planning to save the large sum of money spent on calling a plumber, by installing the heater yourself, this article would prove handy to you. With the proper tools in hand and right guidance, you will be able to install a new water heater all by yourself. A little planning will also minimize the number of fittings you need and the number of trips to the hardware store to purchase the things you forgot. Read through the following lines to know useful tips on how to install a new water heater.
Fitting A New Water Heater
Select a Water Heater
Before you install a new water heater, you have to buy one. In this context, there are a number of choices to make, such as type, size and power source. You will have to decide between gas and electric heaters as well, in case you are living in an area where power sources are limited. You can also opt for a solar heater, if you wish to go green. Also, check your local building codes for any regulations or permits needed before purchasing a new water heater.
Make the Preparation
Turn off all electric, gas and water operating switches and valves before installing a new water heater. It is crucial to turn off any electrical circuits at the breaker box panel and place a piece of masking tape over the switch, so that no one turns it on during installation process. Make sure the place where the water heater is to be installed has enough space for 2 feet around and 30 inches above the water heater.
Place the New Tank
The installation area should be clean and dry. With the help of a helper, maneuver the tank to the installation area, setting it into place using a dolly. Line up all your plumbing connections and make sure that the unit is straight, by using a torpedo level.
PRV and Water
After setting the tank in place, install the PRV (pressure relief valve) and connect the water lines using Teflon tape on copper connections and joint compound on any galvanized ones. Fill your tank with water.
Connect Wiring and Set Thermostat
Connect all your electric wiring and make sure that it is tightly secured. Set the water heater thermostat between 110 and 130 degrees. Turn on all the electric circuits and put on the electric switch of the heater. After 30 to 60 minutes, test the water temperature by checking it at a faucet outflow.
- If you are unable to line up your inlet and outlet openings on the new water heater, with the available plumbing, you will have to use flexible copper supply lines.
- To avoid trapping air in the water lines, always leave one hot water valve open while filling the tank.