Whenever the water heater shows symptoms of malfunctioning, it calls for the services of a water heater repair professional. However, the replacement of a water heater is not a difficult task especially if you are handy with the required tools and some knowledge in soldering copper. Below, find a step by step guideline that will enable you to tackle the task without any complication.
1. Shut off the source of power and the water
If you use the gas, the process should commence by turning off the gas to the water heater. When tuned off, the pipe and the handle should be at right angles to one another. Similarly, shut of the water supply and ensure that the lines are drained. Draining is accomplished by opening a faucet that is located on the lowest point/floor.
2. Removal and replacement of the water heater
Once draining is complete and you have disconnected all the utilities, then next step involves the removal of the old heater. The removal requires that you:
- Clean up the location of the old heater.
- Load the old heater on the appliance dolly before removing it.
- Move the new heater into the position.
- It pays to seek assistance if you have no experience in the procedure.
3. Installation of the fittings
Now that the new water heater has been fitted, the next step is to install the fittings that came with the water heater. The process involves:
- Installing pressure relieve and temperature valves as well as the discharge drain pipe.
- Making use of the copper , pipe dope and other joint compounds to strengthen galvanized fittings.
Installation of other fittings in accordance to the manufacturer’s specifications and directions.
4. Connection of cold and hot water lines
This process involves fixing of the plumbing lines to the new water heater. Always connect the lines in their respective positions. After the installation of the water lines, the next step involves the connection of the fuel source.
5. Attachment of the flue
This step applies to water heaters that are gas modeled. Installation of the flue should adhere to the manufactures specifications.