How a Plumber Performs a Water Heater Installation

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If your water heater is having problems, it may be time for a replacement. According to Forbes, some of the common signs you need a replacement include an increase in your energy bills, age, frequent breakdowns, unreliable hot water, and a leaky tank. Installing a water heater is a complicated process that is best left to the professionals. If you want to learn more, here’s how a plumber can handle an installation.

Select the Right Model

Water heater installation is a lot easier when you’re replacing your water heater with the same model. If the exact model is no longer available, your plumber will be able to help you find a water heater that’s similar from the same brand or one that has the same dimensions. This will maintain consistency with your system and ensure it fits in your space seamlessly.

Install the T&P Valve

Once they have your water heater in place, they will install the temperature and pressure valve. This valve releases excess heat or pressure when it builds up in the water heater.

Install the Discharge Pipe

The discharge pipe ensures hot water from the temperature and pressure valve is properly discharged, so they will install this pipe next.

Connect the Water

Now that the T&P and discharge pipe are installed, they can connect your water lines to your water heater. At this point, they’ll make sure they’re securely connecting these water lines to prevent leaks. Even the smallest leak can lead to issues like water damage or mold, which is why this step is crucial. A professional plumber has the expertise to prevent all of these problems by completing your installation properly.

Secure the Fittings

Once they’ve got everything connected, they will make sure all the fittings connecting your water lines are secure. A loose fitting will eventually leak, so this is a crucial part of water heater installation.

Water heater installation is a difficult job to attempt to complete yourself. It requires specialized tools and experience to complete it properly. If you’re not confident in your ability to install your water heater, it’s best to hire a professional to prevent leaks and other issues. If you need a water heater replacement, call Martel Plumbing & Heating to schedule an appointment today.

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