Why Choose a Water Heater Installation Service?
Many homeowners are tempted to use water heater installation services offered by online and home improvement retailers. This might seem like a good idea because it can save them money on the purchase and installation. However, most licensed plumbing companies are not willing to perform this type of install.
When you choose a local plumbing company, you can rest assured that the installer is qualified to handle the work. This means that you can be confident that the job will be done correctly, the way you want it.
A professional can ensure that all wiring is up to code and that the installation meets all safety standards. This is essential, since improperly installed or damaged wiring can cause serious hazards.
The electrician will also be able to make sure that the new heater is correctly sized for the space in your home and that it has a high-quality insulation blanket. This will ensure that you get the most out of your investment, and will help to protect your family from carbon monoxide.
Some water heaters are undersized, meaning that they may not be able to deliver enough hot water. If this is the case, you may need to upgrade your current system.
In addition, older water heaters may have a buildup of sediment on the sides and burner. If not removed, these minerals can settle down on the burner and interfere with its operation.
To remove sediment, the water heater must be drained. To do this, turn off the power to the water heater and open the cold water supply valve. Then, open the drain valve on the water heater and allow it to drain completely. Close the drain valve when you are finished.
Before you begin, review the instruc ons and read the operating instructions. Be sure that you know how to properly operate the unit and understand its safety controls, including its temperature limiting control (ECO).
INSTALLATION Step 1: Disconnect Water Pipes
The first step is to disconnect any water pipes that are attached to the old water heater. Some of these water lines may be connected to a threaded union, so you should use wrenches to disconnect them. If they are not, then you will need to cut them so that they can be disconnected from the water heater.
Once you have removed all the old pipes, the next step is to drain out the old water heater. This is important because if the tank is not drained out completely, the upper heating element can burn out.
If you are not sure how to drain the water heater, call a plumber or licensed electrician. They will be able to determine the best method for your specific situation and help you with any other questions or concerns that you might have about the process.
After the water heater is drained out, be sure to replace all of the jacket access panels and insulation. You will also need to replace the thermostat protective cover.