How to Install a Water Heater
Have you ever experienced funny and strange noises in your garage or instances where water in your shower could not heat up? Well, out of the many possibilities causing that, a faulty water heating system could be the one.
As your local Indio Plumbers, we find such faulty systems are safety threats to you, and mitigating them goes a long way in giving you peace of mind as well as a safe environment to live in.
Are you looking to get a new water heater system installed or your existing one checked? Note, however, that some noises experienced in the system, are normal.
Though, never assume and to be safe, just call a plumbing contractor or a HVAC system installer for consultation. To help you with more of this, let us look at what constitutes a perfect water heating system installation.
Best Water Heater Installation Practices
First off, there are different types of water heaters out in the market. These are electric heaters, gas heaters, conventional heaters, and others.
We have first to make sure we have the necessary construction supplies and tools before we begin. One thing to note here is that there are many alternatives when it comes to supplies. That being the case, you want to rely on good heating and plumbing companies when making buying decisions.
Essential Items You Need for a Complete and Functional Water Heater
You will probably not realize that you need a drain pan until you start getting leaks or water stains off the heating system. These come in different models, but the core purpose of them is to prevent leaking of water.
These are necessary if there is an existing exhaust system. If not, a new system will be constructed.
These come in handy when connecting the system to the water outlet. Copper is preferred since it is easy to solder it.
Another safety measure here. The system will be fastened with the straps on the wall to prevent hazards during an earthquake.
Shut off valve
Our Preferred Services shut-off valve will sit in place for the regular gauge valve. The shut-off valve is way better than the regular gauge since it works with just a simple one-quarter turn.
We always ensure we solder the metal connectors in the system during assembly for better reinforcement. This will ensure nothing leaks off the pipes, especially in the gas pipes.
Water Heater System Installation Process
Once you have ensured that all the supplies you need alongside the water heating system itself are in place, the next job is to connect them. In this stage, extra care is required. These precautions include;
- When soldering, you must make sure that there are no flammable things within your reach.
- A fire extinguisher is necessary in case of a fire accident.
- You need to have safety glasses on.
- Turn off all outlets. These include; power, gas, and water.
Installing the heating system is keenly carried out by an expert plumber. It would be better if your hot water installer has some knowledge of HVAC systems in general since often, these systems go hand in hand.
For instance, our Preferred team comprises hybrid installers who are well equipped a skilled in most of these areas. This brings versatility and competence forward to our customers.
Wrapping Things Up
Once we are sure that every part is fully attended to, we go ahead and connect the system to the supplies. This step comes last to make sure the technical portion of the system is intact and to make checking for leaks easy.
Installation is undoubtedly not a hard task, just as you can tell from this article. However, it requires some level of expertise to make it a success. To bring that to perspective, a correctly installed water heating system should last up to twenty years before you think of a replacement.
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For plumbing repairs, Water Heater installations, and even air conditioning contractors and AC service, reach out to an experienced Indio and Palm Springs plumbing company to help you out. We have a culture we live by where we assure you of no hidden charges, up-front flat-rate pricing, and no overtime charges or surprises.
How to Install a Water Heater – Watch our Video
Rick Cubas: Well, another beautiful day out here in Coachella Valley with another water heater installation, put on by our very own Brock, Field Advisor for Preferred Services. So, one of the questions we get quite often is why is my water heater making these funny, strange noises in my garage or why am I not getting enough hot water when I’m in the shower or in the bath?
And so we’re going to answer those questions along with showing you what comes with a perfect, preferred water, heater installation.
How to Install a Water Heater.
A few of the items we’ll be using today, obviously, is a drain pan. The current unit does not have any sort of drain pan or protection underneath the water here, hence the reason for the water stains and the water damage. So, we have the water heater pan, we have some exhaust connections that will tie into their existing exhaust system.
We have some copper fittings that’ll make the connections to the water supply. Your gas fittings for the sediment trap, which again we’ll show you later how we assemble that. We have earthquake safety straps. These are actually seatbelt grade safety straps to make sure that the water heater stays in place in case of an earthquake.
We have our Preferred Plumbing shut off valves, our water supply connections, our gas flex connections and some items for our soldering. Looks like Brock remembers his safety meeting. He’s got his fire extinguisher ready at all times. While we’ve never had a fire in 30 years of being in business, we don’t want to start one now.
And if so, Brock and I will be very well prepared to put it out with our handy, dandy fire extinguisher. So, very good. Brock: Exactly. First things first is you want to make sure that you’re staying safe, right? So, make sure you’re not pointing the flame at anything that’s flammable, gas, anything like that. We have the gas off at the house, at the main, so we’re going to go ahead and solder these connections really quick. And let’s go from there.
So, this is called a gate valve and these just turn and turn and turn and turn until you shut it off. And a lot of times internally they can fail where you turn this off all the way and it still has water trickling through. And in any situation you don’t want to be sitting here trying to turn this thing forever. You want something that’s fast. So, we’re going to replace this with a ball valve.
Basically we’ll just take this whole piece off, we’ll install a ball valve shut off so it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s safe. Just one quarter turn and you’re done. So, that’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to take this thing off and we’ll go from there. Rick: Brock is actually one of our kind of hybrid installers. He’s not only an HPAC service technician, he’s an HPAC installer and he’s also a water heater installer as well.
Which makes our company a lot more versatile because we have several experts on our team that can actually be flexible and help you with both sides of the spectrum, HPAC and plumbing. So, we’re grateful for his knowledge, and again for his attention to detail, and of course safety. Brock: Yes.
The water heater is obviously hitting this metal box, which is not allowing the water heater to sit nice and neat in the corner, to where it’s not hanging off the edge. Not taking up some extra space. Rick: I can see we have an overlap. Brock: We want the homeowner to have as much space as possible for storage and whatever else.
Well, this is a problem because not only is this box affecting the efficiency in the air flow of the air conditioning system, I mean this box is supposed to be properly sized to fit this unit so the air flows properly. So, really this thing should be removed, this box should be redone to properly fit this unit, which would give us the proper room to scoot the water heater over to make it nice and sit on the platform nice and flush.
But sometimes you just got to work with what you’ve got. In this case, we’re not going to be ripping this thing out to redo this box. We’re going to scoot the water heater as we did, as close as we can. Adjust the pan and everything to where it looks as straight as possible and then whenever this air conditioning system gets replaced, this box will be redone and we will scoot this over to make it nice and flush and neat.
Rick: Yeah, but what I love about the way you communicated was that you brought the customer out and you showed her all the different details of the possibilities. What’s going on because again, as a HVAC technician, you’re highly aware of these different things. Obviously, there’s all kinds of things wrong with this installation from safety fault switches to sediment traps to one of the biggest things, again, like you said, the air flow challenge.
The pressure’s got to be just way off, the airflow’s got to be way off, because of the lack of customization on that installation. And it’s important that we let our customers know everything that’s going on, not just what we’re doing here today with the water here, but even the things that we come across that we are experts in.
But at the end of the day we get to let the customer decide on what they want to do and she saw that this was hanging over here, that’s not our style, that’s not that kind of clean work we do. And at the end of the day we’re going to get her some hot water within moments. That’s why we’re here. Like you said.
I love what you said. “Hey, we’re not here to take care of the air conditioning. We can help you with that. However, we just want to let you know all the different options that she has.” Brock: Absolutely. And kind of like you said, I mean one of the things we didn’t fill was bringing the customer out here, but for something…
Our company, a lot of us have really bad OCD and we want things to look really nice and fresh and clean, but I don’t want this to be a surprise to the homeowner, which is a big thing. Rick: Right. You’re all done and we got hot water and then like… Brock: And then, yeah, they look at this and they don’t really understand why it’s like this. I’m sure someone could put together, “Oh, well it’s hitting this.” But then they might think in the back of their mind, “Man, I wish it was different.”
And they might think of, “Man, how can I make that happen?” I mean, all I really did is, again, pulled her out here, explained to her why it’s kind of hanging off the edge and then like you said, let her know we’re not here to do this, but it’s something we can do for sure.
Rick: Right. Just keeping them well informed. Brock: Yeah, keeping them informed, keeping them involved throughout the process. That’s really something we take seriously. We want people to know what they paid for. Rick: Good. So, what’s our next step here? Brock: The next step is going to be connecting the supply lines. Once we have the supply lines connected and we test them to make sure it’s not leaking, then we’re going to go ahead and hook up this TMP, here, line.
And once we close that up, we’ll secure the water here, and then we’ll finish it off by doing the gas line to supply gas. And then we’ll fire this baby up and get her some hot water. Rick: Sounds like a plan. Brock: All right. Okay, guys. So, now that we have the gas line all hooked up, the next piece was this TMP and we’ve got it all braised in there, so everything is hooked up.
Then we got the, just to recap, we got a new vent pipe, we got supply lines, we have a ball valve shut off, the earthquake straps, nylon, seatbelt grade. We have the gas ball valve shut off with the new connections and gas flex line with a sediment trap, water heater drain pan.
And, yeah, everything’s looking real good. So, we’ll go ahead and fire this baby up and put it all together and finish her up and insulate those lines and get on out of here. Old fashioned service, customer preferred.