Many people don’t realize that their water heater replacement is only a few steps away! When your home was built, the water heater was typically placed in the center of the home or directly under the bedroom. Water heaters can also be placed in basements and attics as well. Also, they can be placed in crawlspaces. Regardless of where you want to install your heater, there are several things you need to know before doing so.
The first clue that it is time for your water heater replacement is if the drain valve can no longer successfully drain the water from the tank within the tank’s bottom. Over time, deposits build and settle inside the bottom of your water heater’s holding tank. If you currently have a cast-iron water heater, you might have heard a squeaking sound when the burner heats up. This is usually a sign that the drain valve has failed, and replacement is needed.
Another indication that it is time for a water heater replacement is to notice small holes in the tank around the valves and pipes. These are caused by corrosion and will cause your hot water tank to rust if left unnoticed. Typically, these holes will fill with mineral deposits over time. Any cracks in the tank walls will allow water to flow into the cracks, causing them to expand until they collapse in on themselves. If you don’t notice any of these signs of deterioration in your tank, your replacement heater will likely be needed soon.
Finally, we come to the labor costs of a water heater replacement. You should note that these items are relatively inexpensive. Therefore, it is not surprising that you would expect labor costs to be similar to the overall price of your home. The most common labor costs associated with water heaters replacement are for initial setup and subsequent maintenance. When setting up your new unit, you should read the manufacturer’s instructions for setting up the unit. This may require attaching electrical components to your existing water heating device or installing an electrical component.
If you do not follow the directions entirely, you can damage your unit. Additionally, many manufacturers include manuals with their products that walk you through the entire setup process. Additionally, many companies offer toll-free numbers where you can call and speak with a technician right away. If you are considering gas heaters, it is wise to take advantage of these services as well. A qualified technician will be able to provide you with valuable information about how long gas heaters last and which parts may need replacement in the future.
Now that you know how to perform a water heater replacement, you should remember to be safe. Do not attempt to fix any problems on your own. You may end up damaging the unit further or even causing a fire if you use improper tools. If a professional plumber is not in your area, you can search online for local plumbers. Many companies offer free estimates online so you can compare the costs and benefits of hiring Plumbers, versus doing the job yourself.
When performing the installation, be very careful to follow all instructions provided by the manufacturer. Some models will have differences in the actual physical installation process. The most common way to install this type of heater is to use a connection tap that connects to an existing hot water supply. Be sure to check with your hot water provider before beginning the installation process to ensure your water supply is not damaged in the process. In some instances, an electric supply may be required to replace the heating element successfully. If your existing electric supply is damaged, a professional plumber may be needed to successfully connect a different electric supply to replace the heating element.
Many people are delighted with the results of their new water heater installation. If you plan on performing the installation yourself, it is important to be educated about the process. Although the professional installation may seem more costly, the results often prove to be much less costly and require far less time than typical do-it-yourself installations. After your replacement heater installation is finished, you should be able to enjoy the cold weather waiting for you in comfort. If you experience any leaks, broken components, or strange odors after completing your heater installation, contact a licensed heating service provider immediately to troubleshoot the problem.