Water heaters are indispensable items in every household today, and installing them requires a delicate process which is better handled by a professional. Here is the step-by-step installation process.
Step 1. While working with an electrician, the plumber disconnects the old water heater’s pipes and wiring. The water at the main is shut off, and remaining water is drained from the old tank. He then cuts through the existing incoming and outgoing water lines using a pipe cutter to make way for the new heater.
Step 2. If the water supply needs to be shut off without interrupting the main, an isolation valve is placed. Then, the supply is shut off and the water pump is removed.
Step 3. The new heater’s drip pan is placed to the floor, and the tank is set into place inside the drip pan (which guards from possible water leaks).
Step 4. Sections of the new tank’s pipes and fittings are soldered to seal them off. These pipes will connect the new heater to existing water lines.
Step 5. Teflon paste is applied to secure the tank’s pipe connections. Afterwards, the electrician re-attaches the wiring.
Step 6. The plumber prepares a tailpiece crafted from CPVC pipe, to be fitted onto the heater’s pressure relief valve via a make adaptor.
Step 7. The tailpiece is screwed onto the relief valve. The plumber then opens up the safety valve on the heater to fill it with water, and the main water supply is turned back on.