If you detect a corrosive trail of rusty water beneath your water heater, you need to replace it fast to avoid a rupture of dozens of gallons of water. Use this guide to properly install a water heater in your Monmouth County home.
How to Install a Water Heater
- First, shut off your gas supply and the gas control knob on the water heater.
- Turn on a hot water faucet, and let the water run until it’s no longer hot.
- Then, attach a garden hose to the drain valve. Place the other end of the hose in a drain or outside.
- Turn off the cold water supply to your water heater, and open the drain valve.
- Once emptied, remove the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve and discard.
- Next, disconnect the gas line union with two wrenches, and unscrew the pipe from the gas control valve.
- If you’re using an installation kit with compression fittings, read the instructions before disconnecting the water pipes from your water heater.
- Disconnect the vent pipe, and inspect it for corrosion and damage. Then, remove the draft hood.
- Move the old water heater out of the way, and put your new water heater in place.
- Now, wrap Teflon tape around the threads of your new T&P relief valve. Use a wrench to screw it in tightly, and attach the copper discharge pipe. (Warning: Never cap or plug the T&P valve or discharge pipe. This is an explosion hazard.)
- Then, connect the water pipes. Do not solder pipes while they’re attached to the water heater. Solder to a threaded adapter instead (for compression fittings kits).
- Install the new draft hood, and attach the vent pipe with self-tapping sheet metal screws.
- Afterwards, install your gas pipe using a pipe joint compound and two wrenches.
- Turn the gas supply on and check for leaks with soap and a water solution.
- Then, turn the cold water supply valve on and check for water leaks.
- Open a hot-water faucet, and allow the water to run full for five minutes.
- Finally, set the temperature to 120 degrees before turning on the gas control knob and the pilot.
For more details how to install a water heater, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors in Monmouth County today.
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