If you’re looking at needing a new or replacement hot water heater installation, it’s definitely a good idea to consider bringing in a professional. Crystal Lake Plumber is a local, family owned and operated business, fully licensed, bonded, and insured in the state of Illinois. Our core service areas include Lake County, Kane County, McHenry County, and Northern Cook County as well as such places as Huntley, McHenry, Algonquin, Crystal Lake, and Lake in the Hills. Hot water heater installation is one of those things that must be done right. An improperly installed water heater can cause safety issues, aggravation, failed equipment, a voided warranty, and damage to your home or business. Here are some important things to keep in mind when moving forward with your own hot water heater installation.
First, if you’re replacing a water heater, it’s easiest to replace it with a water heater that has the same fuel source as the previous water heater. So, if you started with gas, stay with gas. If you had an electric water heater, keep with an electric water heater. Otherwise, you’re going to be needing to do a lot more work. Remember, electric water heaters use a 220/240 hookup. I once saw someone go through all the trouble of switching over only to find that their circuit box was already maxed out—there was no room for a double switch.
Changing the size of the water heater isn’t a problem in most cases, as long as you don’t change it too much. Going from a 40 gallon to 50 gallon water tank should be okay, but you want to make sure you have the proper clearance between the ceiling and walls.
First, the water heater needs to fit where you want to put it. Second, you want to make sure you have enough room for the hot water heater plumbing. Third, you need an excess of clearance with a water heater so nothing gets overheated and so it has enough room to breathe—especially if it’s a gas water heater.
Make sure everything is turned off before starting a hot water heater installation. You want to have the water, power, and/or gas all turned off to that location. This will avoid possible shock, flooding, and other dangers.One thing that never fails to surprise me with some hot water heater installations is how people forget one of the most basic steps. When you put that new water heater in, make sure it’s level. Just because it doesn’t look like it’s leaning or rock when you push on it does not mean it’s level.
Get an accurate level and check the water heater from side to side, front to back, and diagonally. Many newer water heaters have a built in level for you to reference as well, but it’s best to double check this. If you notice a discrepancy between the two during your hot water heater installation, you may want to contact the manufacturer or supplier.
Always remember that your safety is number one. Be careful with any hot water heater installation. Of course, you can always contact us for help with your plumbing needs and water heater installation and replacement as well.