Perhaps one of the most common household plumbing projects is that of replacing the hot water system. However, there are many dangers which can result from a hot water installation if not properly done. In this article, we will outline a step by step plan to help make your hot water system installation a success.
However, the below listed tools are needed for a successful installation of a hot water system units:
3. Pipe Wrench
4. Slip joint pliers
6. Torpedo level
7. Teflon tape
8. Masking tape
9. Joint Compound
Step 1 – SELECTING THE UNIT
If you happen to be installing a new hot water system, you have a number of options available in terms of size, type, and power source. Do a little research to gain some education and make an informed decision. Also be sure to check with your local building codes to make sure you choice is approved.
Step 2 – PREPARATION
Make sure all switches & valves are turned to the off position. For safety’s sake, place a bit of tape over the electrical switches to prevent someone from accidentally causing an incident.
Step 3 – PLACE THE NEW TANK
Make sure to see that the install area is clean and dry. With a helper, maneuver the tank to the installation area and set it in place. Line up your connections and using the torpedo level, make sure the unit is straight.
Step 4 – PRV INSTALLATION
Once the tank is in place, install the pressure relief valve (PRV) and connect the lines using joint compound on the galvanized connections and Teflon tape on the copper ones. Now you are able to go ahead and fill the tank.
Step 5 – SET THERMOSTAT & CONNECT THE ELECTRIC
Connect all of your electric wiring and make sure it is all tightly secured. The heater thermostat should be set between 110 and 130 degrees. Turn the electricity on. Wait thirty minutes to an hour and test the water temperature by checking the faucet outflow.
TIPS TO REMEMBER:
1. You may have to used flexible copper supply lines in the case that you cannot line up your outlet and inlet openings on the new unit with your current plumbing.
2. Always keep at least one hot water spigot open when filling the tank to avoid trapping air in the water lines.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to consult our hot water system professionals with any questions you may have. You just may end up saving yourself from a bigger problem later on, because while it is possible to install a new unit on your own, hiring a plumbing professional is often the best way to go and will save you time and money in the long run unless you are experienced in plumbing and plumbing repairs.