Water Heater Installation Services
A leaky water heater or one that doesn’t heat well could indicate it’s time to consider replacement. On average, a conventional water heater lasts 10 – 15 years. If your water heater needs to be replaced, call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter for professional water heater installation.
Installing a water heater isn’t the best DIY-job. This plumbing job is always best left to the professionals because there is too much that could go wrong. It’s also a job with many moving parts. First, you need to disconnect and remove the old water heater? Do you really want to find someplace to take this appliance? Next, you need to hook up the new heater correctly to its electric, gas, or another type of connection. Some cities in Southern California may even require a permit before you install a new heater. Do you really want to handle on this yourself? We didn’t think so.
That’s why we always recommend professional water heater replacement services. The licensed plumbers at Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter have the expertise and tools to make this replacement job go quickly and smoothly. Check out the info below about installing gas and electric water heaters, so you can make an informed decision.
Gas Water Heater
Before we install a gas water heater, the gas must be turned off for safety. Our plumbers will take care of this and also shut off water to the main supply. In addition, we turn on lower level faucets to drain lines fully. Lastly, we’ll use a garden hose to drain all the water out of the tank.
For gas water heater installation, the plumber must also disconnect the gas line, water lines, and remove screws that connect the vent. Before we install the new heater, we’ll check to make sure there aren’t any little critters or debris in the flue.
Gas water heaters need at least six inches of clearance on all sides. This requirement is for ventilation purposes as well as to make sure the unit is accessible for repairs and maintenance.
Our plumbers use Teflon tape or pipe dope to wrap the water heating fitting threads. The blue fitting is the cold-water inlet, while the red is attached to the hot water outlet. Water heaters that are gas-fueled are not allowed to have plastic piping. This is for safety reasons. Therefore, all the piping is heavy-duty metal.
After the gas line is connected, the plumber will test for leaks. This is an important step and why hiring a professional is always the best idea. Any leak can lead to an explosive situation or, at the very least, saturate your home’s air with high levels of carbon monoxide. Our plumbers also check for any water leaks.
Lastly, the plumber will light the pilot light. This is what ignites burner and ensures continuous operation.
Electric Water Heater
Like a gas-fueled water heater, installing an electric water heater is best left to the pros. The power needs to be shut off and the same drain procedures followed as with the gas water heater. After the water drains, your plumber disconnects the screws under the junction box. Each unit comes with manufacturer wiring instructions, which the plumber will follow. It’s important to follow these instructions exactly as it protects the warranty attached to the new unit.
After the unit is set up, the plumber will set the thermostat. We recommend keeping the water temperature set to no higher than 120 degrees. This temperature is best for hot water production and doesn’t carry scalding risks.
As of 2015, federal water heater efficiency standards were put into place. With these requirements, it’s important to measure the space where your existing water heater is placed. Some models are taller and larger in diameter, which may require you to consider a different space for water heater installation.
Call a Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter professional to help you install your new water heater. Our experts go over your options to find the best water heater for your family size, installation space, and budget. Have you already installed a water heater? We urge you to call for a quick plumbing inspection to double-check everything is connected per industry standards.