An electric powered water heater is one of the simplest of devices that you can use. There’s unheated water that enters into the tank, gets heated by heating elements and then exits when the faucet is turned on. However, that’s where the simplicity ends.
Think installation of a water heater and you are talking about a very tedious process that demands both plumbing and electrical skills, which makes a lot of people look for professional services. However, with a little knowhow and some guidance, it should not be a very difficult job to pull off because you only need the most basic of skills with both plumbing and electricals.
In fact, it’s a lot easier than many of the woodworking projects that people finish in no time.
One of the most important parts of completing the installation successfully is to ensure that you have an immaculately planned workflow. Put it all on paper.
What are the tools that you need? Do you have everything handy? Make the trips to the hardware store now and get everything in order before you begin.
Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Fail to do so and you may end up voiding the warranty, a costly mistake that you’d love to avoid.
Here’s how you can install the heater.
- You will need to place it in a drain pan to avoid a possibility of a flooding. The other way would be to route the pipe to a drain pan
- Most heaters include the T&P valve. This is a cut-off mechanism which automatically opens if the heater overheats or the pressure increases. If this is not included, get one
- Connect a copper pipe from the T&P and let it out into a drain or into a bucket
- Connect the water pipes using a flexible hose kit
- Use plumbers tape to secure all fittings to the hose
- You want to ensure that you are aware about any local codes for dielectric fittings.
- If you plan to install seismic straps, then do it now. This is very easy to install. All that you need to do is drill some holes near the wall studs and attach it around the tank and secure with the adjustable straps.
- Now fill the tank. Turn on the main water supply, head to the nearest faucet, remove the aerator, turn it to the hot water side. This is the most important phase of the installation where you need to check for signs of any leaks. If you spot any leaks, then turn the water supply off and work to fix the leaks before proceeding further. Once water starts to flow from the faucet, it indicates that the heater tank is now full. Let the water flow for a few minutes. It will remove any debris from the tank.
- Its time to attach the wiring. If you are unsure about this part, seek help from an expert. You will need to open the main junction box and attach the ground wire to the correct screw. Now just join it with the wire connectors.
- Close the junction box and check for power. The heater should have power now.
That’s all there is to it. Isnt it easy? We hope you enjoyed reading this installation guide.