Water Heater Installation Process

The Water Heater Installation Process

Nothing is worse than jumping in the shower in the dead of winter only to find out you have no hot water or hearing running water in your basement and realizing your water heater has busted, allowing water to flow into your basement, ruining everything in sight. If you have experienced one of these scenarios or you simply want to be on top of water heater maintenance to ensure it will not happen to you, this article is for you.

Assess the Situation

If your water heater is not working properly, the first thing you want to do is assess the situation. To do that in the best way possible, you should actually call a professional plumber or hot water technician to come to your home and assess the situation with your water heater. They will determine what the problem is and if your water heater can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.

Whether your water heater is electric or gas, many times if the issue is a major one, it’s cheaper to simply install a new water heater. Your professional plumber will be able to determine the type and size of the water heater you need and determine the best place for it to be installed in your home. This may or may not be the same area where your original water heater is located.

The technician will take into consideration factors, such as how much hot water heater your household demands on a daily basis, the available space you have for the location of your water heater, and the energy source.

Selecting the Right Water Heater

The next step is for you to choose the appropriate water heater. Your professional water heater technician can help you by showing you the various options. For instance, tankless water heaters are gaining in popularity since they only produce hot water on demand and do not need to take up space in your home.

Another type of water heater is the type with a storage tank that is the most common and then there is a heat pump or a hybrid water heater. You will also need to decide if you want a gas, electric, or solar-powered water heater.

Your plumbing professional will also help you determine which size of water heater you need based on the number of people in your home and the hot water usage patterns of your household. You will probably want to choose an Energy Star-rated model that is very energy efficient for the most cost-effective solution. A professional will also know the current building codes and regulations that you need to comply with for safety reasons as well as legal ones.

Preparing for Installation

You want to prepare ahead of time for the installation of your new water heater. Before the day arrives in which your professional team will install your water heater, you will need to correspond with them to make sure you have all the materials and tools that will be needed. This can include fittings, pipes, gas lines, valves, and safety equipment.

Your plumbing professional will also come to your home on installation day with the required permits if they are needed which is another bonus to having a professional install your water heater instead of you doing it yourself.

Shutting Off Utilities

Safety should always be the top priority during any type of installation process, including the installation of a water heater. Your professional technician will turn off the gas or electricity as needed that is supplying the old water heater, then drain the existing tank to prevent any spillage when your old tank is removed.

Removing the Old Water Heater

Removing your old water heater can be a big challenge. Your professional technician will need to disconnect all the fittings and pipes and be careful to avoid any damage or leaks. Once your old water heater is detached, it can be carefully removed from your home.

Preparing the Installation Site

It’s important for your professional water heater technician to make any modifications that are needed to the area in which your new water heater will be installed. This could include reinforcing the floor that will be underneath your water heater or creating a platform for it.

For example, if your water heater is being installed in your basement and there is a chance your basement could flood occasionally, you will definitely want your water heater put up on cement blocks.

Installing the New Water Heater

The next step is finally the installation process for your new water heater. If you choose a storage-tank water heater, your professional technician will connect the new tank to the existing water and gas or electric lines. He or she will also install safety valves and insulation to maximize the energy efficiency of your new water heater.

If you choose a tankless water heater, the installation can be a little more complex since it involves proper venting and gas or electrical connections. Venting systems are especially important to ensure the safe removal of combustible gases from your home.

If you are heating the water for your home with a heat pump or hybrid water heater, your professional technician will place the unit in an area of your house that has adequate ventilation and will connect it to the electrical supply as well as the water lines.

Contact Us

If you are in need of a professional water heater installation process, call the water heater specialists at Black Hills Plumbing and Electrical today!

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