DIY Water Heater Installation - 5 Things You’re Doing Wrong

DIY Water Heater Installation – 5 Things You’re Doing Wrong

DIY water heater installation may seem challenging, but it can be done with a little bit of know-how. However, there are some things you need to watch out for if you want to do the job right.

In this blog post, Bill’s Plumbing & Sewer will discuss some of the most common mistakes people make when installing water heaters. We’ll also provide tips on avoiding these mistakes and getting the job done quickly and efficiently!

Mistake 01: Selecting the inappropriate size

Your new water heater might be doomed to fail even before it heats its first gallon of water. Tank water heaters may hold 30 to 80 gallons of water. Factors such as the number of people in your home and how much hot water you use will determine the perfect size for your home.

You will frequently run out of hot water if you get a water heater that is too small. If the tank is too large, you’ll be squandering money on your monthly energy bills by constantly boiling water you don’t need.

Mistake 02: Not having the proper tools and carrying out tasks incorrectly

If you’re mechanically inclined, you could be tempted to work things out as you get further in the installation project.

However, don’t be a hero; follow the directions. At the very least, you’ll know what equipment you’ll need before you begin, you’ll have a better sense of how long it’ll take, and you’ll be less likely to flood your basement.

Mistake 03: Installing it in a potentially dangerous area

For safety, convenience, and efficiency, the location of your water heater is essential. Depending on your local rules, places like a storage room, closets, and attics are restricted to installing a tank water heater. Since newer versions are more insulated and broader than previous ones, you can’t assume the same position would work if you’re replacing an old water heater.

An expert plumber, such as at Bill’s plumbing & Sewer Inc., will ensure that your water heater has appropriate access and airflow.

Mistake 04: Confusion on how to set up the TPR valve and drainpipe

The TRP value is known as “temperature and pressure release.”. One of the things that stop your water heater from bursting is the TPR valve. In simple terms, if your water heater builds up too much pressure, the TPR valve opens, allowing some water to escape. Of course, the water is hot—between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit—so the drainpipe must be installed appropriately. Someone who happens to be close when the valve opens might suffer severe burns.

Mistake 05: Not obtaining permission or abiding by the rules

When homeowners do their water heater installation, they sometimes believe they are free from permits and building rules, which is not the case. These guidelines are in place for a purpose, and ignoring them may be dangerous and costly. 

At Bill’s Plumbing & Sewer Inc., we specialize in water heater replacement and serve all of Illinois.

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