The Blunders of Replacing a Water Heater
When you notice leaks on hot water storage tanks, it means your water heater is dead and needs replacement. Instructions on the installation of water heaters, whether gas or electric, are mostly similar. Seeking help from a professional plumber is highly recommended if you are not confident in working with natural gas, propane or electricity.
Here are some of the common mistakes that you may commit when selecting a new hot water heater.
- Not seeking for alternatives. There are several factors to be considered when selecting a hot water heater which include the type of water heater, the energy source and the price of the system. You must compare the advantages as well as the disadvantages of the alternatives before making any decisions.
- Choosing an inappropriate size. Selecting a hot water system appropriate to your needs is essential to increase savings from the costs of the unit and energy consumption. The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) will guide you in the selection of water heaters based on its water and energy efficiency.
- Overpayment. Compare the prices of available water heaters. Relying on the plumber’s recommendations or suggestions is not the most cost-effective method when selecting a water heater.
Mistakes not only occur during the selection process. Problems may arise as well due to improper installation of the unit. Familiarizing with these mistakes will help in installing your water heaters.
- Solder connections are too close to the storage tank. Heat from the solder can melt the plastic fittings of the tank. Using a workbench when soldering connections is usually recommended.
- Using inappropriate fittings when making a water connection. You need to ensure that you are using the right fittings for water connections to minimize the risks of future deterioration and leaks.
- Neglecting security requirements. Security requirements are essential in keeping your tank in place in cases of natural disasters such as earthquakes. The requirements must be followed especially in earthquake-prone areas.
- Wrongful connection of the temperature and pressure relief valves. Incorrect connection of the valves may result in the release of hot water that can cause serious injuries.