WATER HEATER INSTALL
If a homeowner finds that they have a leaking or broken water heater, they’ll have to contact a plumber to replace it or fix it as soon as they can. What our plumbers in Lees Summit do during a water heater install depends on the type of existing mechanism. A water heater can be electric, gas or propane powered or tankless. Installing a gas heater is fairly simple, and a plumber can usually do it in less than a day.
First, the plumber turns off the gas through a shut off valve, shuts off the main water supply and drains the fresh water lines. This is done by the homeowner turning on a faucet on the lowest floor the house.
The old tank is then drained to remove any water left in the tank. This can be done by attaching an old garden hose to the tank’s drain cock. Then, the plumber disconnects the gas line and unscrews the pipe from the valve that controls the gas.
When this is done, they unscrew the vent pipe from the vent hood, moves it aside, then uses a tube cutter to sever the fresh water lines. With these pipes disconnected, the old tank can be moved out of the way.
A new temperature and pressure relief valves are wound with Teflon tape and screwed into the tank. Then, a discharge pipe is attached. The plumber solders copper pipe fittings at the top of the tank and adds plastic lined nipples to protect the tank against corrosion. This is important if the water is hard or if it’s required by the plumbing codes.
The new water heater is now pushed into place, and the new copper tubes and old tubes are adjusted and soldered together. Elbows or other fittings may be needed if the old and new tubing doesn’t line up. The plumber then reconnects the vent, secures it, then reconnects the gas line. Finally, the tank can be filled. The drain valve is closed, the plumber turns the water back on at the main shut off and opens the cold water valve. The homeowner can then turn on a nearby hot water faucet to make sure hot water is flowing. The plumber inspects the new tank and its fitting for leaks. Now you have a brand new water heater in Lees Summit or the Kansas City metro!
If a gas or propane heater is being used it’s important to make sure that no carbon monoxide is leaking into the house. The homeowner should close all the windows and doors in the house, turn on the exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen then turn on the water faucet. When the plumber hears the water heater come on, they should strike a match, blow it out and move it close to the hood. The smoke should be pulled into vent pipe.
An electric heater is replaced much the same way, though at the beginning the electricity must be turned off at the circuit breaker, and the wire connections need to be disconnected. Installing a tankless water heater is more complicated, for a tankless heater requires a special type of flue. If it uses gas, a new supply line to the heater will need to be installed. Contact our plumber in Lees Summit or in the KC metro area for all your plumbing repairs!