If your water heater has started to leak or is not producing enough hot water, it may be time to replace it. Water heater installation is a complex job and it best left to the professionals; as it requires that you physically remove the old water heater and install a new one. Hiring a professional will also ensure that all your gas and electric connections are handled properly.
We have put together some information highlighting the work that goes into installing a gas or electric water heater, so you can make an informed decision.
Gas water heater- To install a new gas water heater, the old one needs to be completely turned off. The expert will drain all the lines by opening a faucet. The tank is also emptied by connecting a garden hose with it, to drain out the water.
The gas line is then disconnected with the help of wrenches followed by disconnection of the water lines. The pipes are checked for any blockages, and then the new heater is installed. The gas and water pipes are then reconnected. The whole process can take more than 10 hours to complete because everything has to be done in an orderly manner.
Electric water heater- Installing an electric heater is similar and requires shutting off the power to the water heater and then following the same draining process as the gas heater. After the water heater is drained, the electrical wires are disconnected from the terminals under the junction box. The expert follows the manufacturer’s instructions for wiring of the new heater. It is recommended to adjust the temperature to 120 degrees for optimal hot water production while eliminating the risk of scalding.
An Orange water heater expert can install your new heater correctly and help you determine which unit is right for your family according to your budget and needs. If you decide to install a new water heater yourself, make sure you get everything checked by your local plumbing inspector afterward.