The decision to install a water heater is one that will affect your home for years to come, so it’s important to think through the decision carefully.
This article will examine what you should consider before installing water heaters and also give you some helpful tips to ensure that your installation goes smoothly.
Tankless Water Heaters Vs Conventional Storage Tank
You should start by deciding between tankless water heaters and conventional storage-tank electric or gas water heaters. Tankless units are much more expensive than traditional units, but some people like them because they do not have a large tank sitting in their basement taking up space. They also cut down energy costs because the unit only heats water when it is in use. Traditional storage tank units are likely going to be the best option for most homeowners since the cost of installing a unit is usually lower than for the tankless variety. However, if you will need hot water regularly at times when there is no demand on your electricity grid then it may be worth considering investing in one that uses an on-demand gas or electric unit. So have your particular situation in mind before deciding anything.
If you live in an RV or cabin where water use is limited and space is restricted then there may be no sense in installing a large storage tank. On the other hand, if you are building a larger home on a septic system as well as planning to have showers for several people at once then it might make more sense to choose one with a large storage capacity so that heated water is available when needed most.
Hire a professional
Be sure to hire a professional who’s licensed if you’re unsure of what kind of water heater you should install. The best place for advice and some suggestions about which model you should choose is online where there’s plenty of information on these types of devices. When picking out the perfect type of heated water unit that will suit your family, just be sure that you do everything in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines before installation because they will come in handy later when you have questions about the device.
When you install a tank-type water heater, remember that they’re heavy and large so have enough help when moving it. You’ll want to be sure that your location is suitable for the size of this type of heater. Check out if there’s open space where the unit can stand without getting bumped into by children or pets because these devices are big and sometimes dangerous if something goes wrong. Make sure to stay away from areas that hold very flammable materials like gasoline or cleaning products.
How Are Water Heaters Installed?
If you’re thinking of installing a heated water heater in your home, it’s important to take a look at all the steps you should be aware of before doing anything else. Before buying and actually installing one of these devices, just make sure that everything is in proper order so you won’t have problems with it later on. Just follow these simple instructions when setting up this kind of appliance:
- Shut off the power supply
- Insulate pipes and ensure they aren’t loose or damaged (if there’s already some other type of heating unit inside)
- Drain pipes from cold water and open them for new installation application
- Be sure to drain out cold water supply to avoid the accumulation of sediment during the installation process
- Be careful not to damage the pipe joints when installing heaters and be sure to use a wrench to tighten all the connections tightly
- Allow up to two hours for heated water heater installation as this may take more time than you expect. Moreover, you’ll also need around 8 gallons of water in order for it to produce 120-140 degrees which are considered the ideal temperature for showering and other uses.
How do I maintain my hot water heater?
Just like with every other device in your home, proper care is essential if you want it to work properly at all times. Don’t forget about doing regular maintenance because that’s very important in order not only to save energy but also to get the best performance out of your heated water heater. If you’re not sure how to do that, just be sure to check the manual which can inform you about how often you need to flush out a heated water heater and what kind of chemicals should be used for this process.
The above-mentioned is everything you require when dealing with the installation of these devices in your home. Just be sure to follow this advice whether you’re going to hire someone or handle it all by yourself. That way there won’t be any problems with installation and it will work properly for many years without the need for repairs which can save you a lot of money in the long run.