Are you thinking of installing a hot water heater on your own? If you are looking forward to that endeavour then you better take some considerations in mind. First of all, you should be able to gauge your needs for hot water just so you can accurately purchase the heater that will readily meet your purpose. Additionally, you should also be aware of the following common mistakes associated with installing one. Knowing these would help you avoid these faults in the process of installing your hot water heater later on.
Soldering connections closely to the tank
Soldering connections is important when connecting your newly purchased hot water heater into the water pipes. However, you may commit a mistake when you solder too closely to the tank. Take note that the heat that usually melts solder is the same heat that can melt the tank’s plastic fittings. Avoiding this mistake would include soldering using a workbench. In this case, you should unscrew the nipples, usually found at the top of the tank. This will make soldering on the pipes and fittings much of a breeze on your part. You may need to solder once you have replaced the nipples but make sure that you only do that in one of the many connections.
Not using the right fitting to make a connection
There are instances when you may not really need to pay attention to the water connections you make during the installation especially if your tank’s connectors are made from either copper or brass. In instances when the pipes and nipples are galvanized however, you may need help from the right fittings in making a connection. This fitting is called a dielectric union whose main task is to keep pipes away from the possibilities of touching each other. If you fail on this aspect, there is a higher chance that your pipes will deteriorate and will cause leaks later on.
Not being able to connect the temperature and pressure relief valve correctly
Water heaters come with temperature and pressure relief valves. These valves open once the temperature or even the pressure in the tank has exceeded their corresponding threshold values. When you have connected these valves wrongly, there is that chance that you will be sprayed with scalding water. This mistake can eventually lead to injury. It is very much important to connect these valves then to a watertight pipe whose length reaches and extends to half feet of the floor. In case the valves are to be connected on top of the tank, you should always have the overflow tube extending from the top going down to the tank’s side then extending to the floor.
Not following some security requirements
Security requirements are crucial to installing hot water heaters. If you live in a place that is prone to earthquakes, for instance, you are required to always make sure that the tank is strapped securely to that of the framing of the tank. This is the best way by which you can prevent the tank from tipping or falling in case an earthquake strikes your place. There are of course other guidelines to check when installing a hot water heater depending on the place where you have to install them.
Other mistakes you can commit when installing hot water heaters
Apparently, there are yet some other mistakes that first-timers like you may commit when it comes to installing hot water heaters. For one, your excitement can lead you to buying the first hot water heater you see without even looking at alternatives. This can then result in another mistake in that you may not be getting the real worth of your investment. In another, you may also be getting the wrong size for the heater that will serve your purpose. As mentioned awhile back, it is important that you get just the right size of heater that will suit your needs. Anything beyond that right size will render the investment useless in the long run.
Additionally, for first-time users of these tanks, you can also be anticipating too much the first time you will use it. When this is the case, you can end up firing up the heater without actually filling it up with water. Doing so will burn out electric heating elements thus meaning additional costs on your part. What may be worse is that this can also prejudice the tank thus causing you to replace it in its entirety. You would certainly not want spending an enormous amount of cash because of the mistakes you have committed not just with the purchase but with the installation in general.
Avoid all these terrible mistakes by making sure that the installation is done the proper way. Give us a call and we will assure you that our experts will work on your hot water heater installation as you would expect from a professional service provider.