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How To Set Up A New Heater

new_heaterIn modern society, water heaters may be taken for granted. Everything from hot water for showers to washing machines require a water heater to function. On occasion, a water heater can break or need to be replaced. Setting up a new water heater isn’t very difficult, though it can be done by a professional. However, when selecting and installing a water heater, there are a few very important things to consider.

Picking a Water Heater

When selecting a new water heater, it’s important to discern the difference between gas and electric heaters. Another important distinction is size. If the water heater is replacing an existing one, it’s important to note the space requirements.

Getting the Heater Ready

Preparing a water heater for installation is also not a particularly difficult task for someone with moderate knowledge of home installation. A very important step is to check the plumbing and make sure that the heater’s dimensions are about identical to the pipes that the heater will pump between. If you are replacing an old water heater, it’s pretty simple as the size requirements should be the same. If they aren’t, the job is slightly more difficult as the pipes have to be replaced, but this is only a minor setback.

Installing the Water Heater

The next step is to get the water heater ready. These can be pretty heavy, so it’s a good idea to have two people carry it to the installation location. First of all, completely shut off the valves to the prior water heater. The next step is to drain the hot water tank. This can be done by attaching a hose to the drain valve and draining the tank manually. Next, disconnect the utility lines. This is done by using the shut off valves to ensure heater setup isn’t impeded by already running utilities. The instructions for these differ based on the type of utility lines the heater is running off of.

From here, it’s as simple as removing the existing water heater (if there was one) and replacing it with the new water heater. Once this is done, the manufacturer should have instructions on how to install the fittings to ensure the water heater is in place. From here, all that needs to be done is reconnecting the disconnected hot and cold water lines. Also, if the heater is a gas heater, a device called a flue needs to be installed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Once all of this is accomplished, the water heater can be turned on and is ready for day to day use.

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