One of the most pleasant comforts brought about by the current technology to humans is the discovery of the water heater. The water heater comes in handy if you want to take a hot water bath or shower in a chilly morning to wake up both your mind and body. A hot water bath is important because it removes excess oil, and dirt gotten from the day’s errands. Many people are willing to part with their hard earned cash to buy a water heater because of its endless benefits.
Discussed below in this article are some of the tips on how to install a new water heater. The first thing to do when you want to install a water heater is to first select the most appropriate for you. There are two types of a water heater, those that use gas and those that use electricity. Most times the gas water heater is less costly than the electric one but that depends on the area you reside in so check the reviews on the one you intend to purchase.
It is obvious that if your house does not have gas connected to it, the other alternative is electric. Confirm the plumbing measurements of the hot and cold water pipes currently installed in the house. This makes sure that you purchase a water heater that properly fits the current house plumbing. If the house is not new and the fixtures are a bit worn out, there is the need to buy some couplers to make sure that the pipes fit perfectly. Switch off the gas or electricity before commencing any work on water heater installation.
immediately you can drain the hot water tank and disconnect the hot and cold water pipes. One way of draining the water is hooking a hose outlet at the bottom of the tank and pour it outside or in a drain. When you finish draining the water you can disconnect it to create room for the new unit. The next step is to attach any fittings to the current unit such as the temperature and the pressure relief valve if it is necessary. The next step is to fix the water lines making sure that you do not leave leakages.
After that, you can connect your unit to the preferred power source. To get rid of smoke in the case of gas you can install a flue vent. After you have done all the necessary preparations you can now put cold water in the water heater and turn it on. It is advisable to insulate your heater water tank with a water heater tank blanket. The water can stay hot because of the installed insulator. It is possible to install a water heater on your own, but it is recommended to hire a professional plumber to do it for you if you do not have any experience in plumbing and repairs.