Installing a new water heater in your home is one area that most do-it-yourselfers can do, specifically if the new one you buy is definitely an exact fit, in each and every way, with the old one you remove. In that situation, it's important that you start assembling your shed by taking careful measurements in the old one, examine the water connection, electrical connection and each other dimension too. Let's take a look at what you need to do to get this job done. - Reliant Plumbing
Taking Measurements Is Important
Get a tape measure and have the height, width, quantity of watts and gallon capacity from the water heater you have now. Of course, pipes can be extended longer, if the new appliance is shorter, and thus can the electrical connections if required, but most of the time you can get an almost exact match at the local building supply store, this may cause your water heater installation less difficult. Make sure you turn off the power at the fuse box, then turn off the water supply before starting.
There Is A Drain Valve At the end Of The Tank
Hopefully there is a sewer drain with your basement or utility room the location where the water heater is located otherwise you may have to use a bucket to make some trips backwards and forwards to empty the water from the old heater. A hose will fit the drain for the heater, if you're above walk-out you can drain the water outside. Carefully disconnect the wires and clean water connections, then haul that old appliance out. There are instructions online regarding how to make a BBQ grill from the old metal tank if you do a search.
Bring The New Water Heater In And Examine Any Differences In Connections
Examine the connections, water inlet, water outlet, positive electric, negative electric as well as perhaps a ground wire. Make sure if they're not exactly the same that you have the right conversion adapters for the job. Most electric water heaters may have the same 3/4 inch water pipes that is to be exactly the same as the old ones. Many times it's wise to buy new flexible pipes in order to avoid leaks caused by corrosion on the old ones.
After You've Connected The Water, And Electric Check Everything
It's very important to double check both the electrical and water connections prior to starting to fill the tank. Don't ever turn on the electricity before the tank is full of water, this could ruin the elements inside immediately. Your water heater installation is nearly complete, turn the lake inlet valve on full, then activate a hot water faucet in the home and run it until each of the air has been eliminated through the system, and then some more to make sure. Double check everything again, then turn on the circuit breaker to send power to the new heater.
Replacing a vintage water heater is a fairly simple job, but it's something that needs to be done properly to avoid problems. Just be sure to check and check everything several times on the way and you'll do just fine. - Reliant Plumbing