Water Heater Replacement
The useful life of most water heater brands is close to twelve years. Therefore, you will need to replace them sooner or later. You have to make sure that the new product will efficiently supply your building with water for several years. Some of the water heater replacement mistakes can be dangerous and costly.
The first tip is to make sure that you comply with the local building codes whenever you are replacing your water heater. You need to get a building permit and invite the relevant authorities to inspect the new installation. The challenge with most people is that they overlook this step. A licensed and qualified installation expert knows this and will comply with all the local building codes.
You also need to replace the old water heater with one that has the same shape and physical size. It will ease the process of installing the new equipment. You will reduce or avoid the requirement of having to change the locations of your vent connections, power, and pipes.
Remember to fit the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve discharge and make sure that it flows downwards to the discharge point. The location of the valve is usually on the side or top of your water heater. The temperature & pressure valve is a critical safety device. The discharge pipe should flow down over the whole run so that in case there is a leakage in the T&P valve; you will realize that it has defects and require replacement.
Install a minimum of ¾ inches diameter pipe you’re your T&P discharge and don’t change the size of the tube over the run. The pipes that you use should have a rating for hot water like CPVC or copper. Terminate these pipes not more than six inches above the ground or floor and in a safe location so that no one sustains burns in case the T&P valve opens. Don’t connect this pipe to the drainage pipes of your home directly. Leave an air gap of at least one inch between the termination point and discharge pipe. Improperly installed or missing T&P discharge pipes can cause several problems.
Put the water heater in a drip pan that is made explicitly for this purpose if the location of the equipment is inside your home, more so if it is in the attic. Remember to install a drainpipe on the outer section of the drip pan especially if the device is in an area where leakage can lead to damages like the attic.
If you have an old flexible gas connector, don’t forget to replace it. Gas connectors are usually flexible and corrugated pipes that come in yellow, brass, or silver shades. The length of most of them lies between twelve to eighteen inches. It is not wise to re-use old gas connectors. If you have an old gate valve, remember to replace the cold-water shutoff valve. Most gate valves have a wheel-type handle and resemble garden hose valves. These gate valves may leak over time and seize to open or close. It is cheaper to replace gate valves with high-quality ball valves.
If the installer used flexible water connectors to connect the water heater to your plumbing system, you should also replace them. These are flexible and corrugated copper pipes, and they are not present on all equipment. It is not a must to replace water connectors, but it will prevent any possible problems. However, don’t bend these connectors so much until you reduce their original diameter.
Connect the gas ventilation to your draft hood and the other sections of the vent using three metallic sheet screws. Disconnected or loose vents may end up leaking carbon monoxide in your building. Use dielectric fittings while connecting copper pipes to the steel water heater connections. In the absence of these special fittings, the contacts can leak or corrode.
Raise the lower heating element or gas burner on an electric water heater at least 18 inches above the surface if you install this equipment in the garage. It will help you to avoid the ignition of gasoline vapors that could be present in your garage. Secure the water heater unit to the building’s frame if your location is in a seismic region.
Water heaters can offer several years of efficient and safe service delivery as long as you install them in the right manner. Apart from handling the installation process, San Diego Tankless Water Heater Installation & Repair Services will help you to choose the device that will meet your needs with the highest level of precision. These tips will make sure that you have a safe water heater replacement that will avoid any costly corrections that arise from the mistakes that people make.