With all the information and tutorials available on the internet these days, more and more homeowners are learning how to do home improvement projects on their own. The DIY approach has its benefits, such as saving money. However, if these projects are not done properly it can end up costing more in the long run. Many mistakes can happen when trying to install your own water heater. Below are some examples:
Choosing the Wrong size:
Tank water heaters can range from 30 to 80 gallons. The size you need depends on the hot water usage which can be based on how many people are in the home. If you buy a water heater that is too small, you will find yourself frequently running out of hot water. However, if the tank is too large, you will be wasting money on your monthly bills by continuously heating water you do not need.
Not Putting a Drain Pan Under the Tank:
A drain pan is placed under the water heater tank to collect any water that may leak from the unit. The drain pan must be made from corrosion-resistant materials. These also come in different sizes so you must make sure you have the right size pan. Forgetting to install the drain pain or using the wrong size can increase your risk of water damage in the future.
Poor Selection of Materials and Connections Needed:
It is essential to choose the right type and size of pipes and avoid mixing metals and connections when installing the heater. Some parts will need to be soldered together so you must be knowledgeable in soldering techniques and have the proper equipment. Any misstep can void the equipment’s warranty, hurt the water heater’s performance and efficiency, or lead to system failure.
Improper Set Up of the Pressure Relief Valve:
The pressure relief valve is a safety feature that releases water from the tank if the internal pressure or temperature gets too high. If the valve and release tube are not installed correctly, you run the risk of your water heater bursting or even exploding.
There are many projects around the home that homeowners can tackle successfully. Water heater installation can be complex and is best left to a professional plumber. If you are in need of a water heater installment, please give Plumbing Rehab a call at 239-360-5336 and are professional team will be glad to properly and safely install your water heater.