When your water heater is leaking or not functioning as efficient and as effective as it should, it might be time to replace it with a new one. Luckily, water heater replacement is not a very difficult job to perform.
Like all electrical and mechanical things, water heaters can and will break down eventually. They are, just like other appliances, composed of small and large parts that can either be repaired or replaced. Oftentimes, you can still repair the troubled water heater or you may just replace some parts. But if you do, you should always check if the cost is somewhat the same as buying a new one. Obviously, then it’s better to upgrade and replace your water heater.
When you decide for a water heater replacement, it’s always better to get help from a local service provider that is an expert in this kind of work. Overall you need a water heater that works as efficient as you want, so don’t hesitate to upgrade when you know it’s best for you. Generally, when you buy an upgraded water heater you know that it will last long when adequate and proper preventive maintenance is regularly performed.
Water Heater Replacement
When a water heater replacement is to be performed without consulting an expert, then the following information will help you in the process.
Remove the old and broken water heater
- Switch off the water heater’s power and at the same time turn off the breaker as well. Check all connections that it is properly switched off.
- Disconnect all the wirings associated with the water heater. Make sure that you leave a visible mark for you to know which wires should be put when a new water heater is installed.
- Switch off the water supply from the water heater. At the same time turn on all the hot water spigots. Connect a hose at the drain valve and allow the tank to drain completely.
- Disconnect all the cold and hot water inlet and outlets from the unit.
- Ask for help when removing the old water heater as this thing is heavy.
Installing the new and upgraded water heater
- Place the new water heater in its proper position.
- Reconnect the cold and hot water inlet and outlets to the new water heater.
- Turn on the water heater supply. Remember to let the spigot open so that air will not be trapped inside the hot water tank as the tank is being filled. Let the tank to be filled with water until water flows from each of the spigots and turn it off after a minute.
- Refer to the instructor’s manual and reconnect the wiring to the heater accordingly. Turn on the breaker and let the water heat up.
Water Heater Replacement – relief system and energy hookup
- The provision of the temperature and pressure relief valve and its relief line is the most important part of installing a water heater. The relief system is specially designed to release excess heat and pressure automatically.
- Be sure that all plumbing are properly connected.
- Connect the gas or the electric lines to the heater.
There are a few potential dangers when doing hot water heater replacement. Be sure to check all the procedures and materials and always ask for help. Never be afraid of consulting a plumber or an electrician. Generally, hot water heater replacement is usually done by professionals. Just make sure that you have all the necessary tools before starting your hot water heater replacement.