Installing a water heater isn't a daunting task, even for beginners. The process is also smooth and effortless if you have a few DIY skills, which anyone can have, especially from YouTube. But, even with the right DIY skills, installing your heater correctly demands doing basic plumbing and electrical work. So, to avoid any confusion, here are the expert yet straightforward water heater installation tips.
Shut Off the Main Power and Drain the Water Tank First
First, at the circuit breaker panel, turn off the electricity to your water heater's source. Next, use a reliable working voltage tester to check the wiring to confirm the units are turned off. When you're through, switch on the water heater and let it run until the water is cold. This is to ensure the heater is properly drained so that scorching doesn't occur.
Connect a hosepipe to the heater's cold water supply at the top of its units and turn it off. The drain valve on the heater should also be connected to the pipe. Drain the tank by opening the valves and draining them before reinstalling them.
Disconnect the water heater's electrical wires on the top. Again, ensure the electrical circuit breaker is off at the breaker box when disconnecting the cables. When done and before testing the heater, test the wires first using a voltage tester. Lastly, cap the wires and their cables to avoid electrical shocks in the event of electricity malfunctions.
Level the Heater and Install Its Pressure Relief Valves
When done inspecting the electrical supply and ensuring the heater receives the correct voltage, level it and install its pressure valves. However, doing this goes in different ways for a new heater and when you are repairing an old one by installing new fixtures.
For example, when installing new fixtures to an old heater, ensure there is adequate ventilation after you have drained and fixed it back before continuing. Ventilation helps prevent air and water from backing up after firmly tightening the heater bolts.
Otherwise, align correctly and access its thermostat controls if it's a new heater. Check the manufacturer's guidelines for the clearances, and then use a carpenter level or plastic shims to level it. When done, install the pressure valves. Afterward, use Teflon tape to wrap the valves firmly to prevent loosening, especially in excess temperature changes.
Connecting It to Electricity
After testing the wires with a voltage tester, open the electricity supply to the water heater and adjust the thermostat. Also, ensure you have filled the tank first before opening the power to avoid burning it.
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