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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Important Things to Know About Hot Water Heater Installation

All homeowners are not expected to know how to install a hot water heater on their own. However, there are some everyday essentials that can benefit homeowners when it comes to the hot water heater installation process. Here’s a look at some of the most important things to know.

Size Up the Water Heater

The first step to installing a new water heater is deciding upon the size, type of heater and where it will be placed in the home. Simply replacing an old water heater may not supply your home with a sufficient amount of hot water. But opting for a bigger size water heater means that you will need to make sure all the plumbing aligns correctly. This part of the process also involves making a choice between a traditional water heater and a tankless variety.

The Process

The entire process of hot water heater installation should not last very long. It should take no more than an hour to remove the old heater and no more than a half-hour to put the new one in place. The connection process should last about 30 minutes to an hour, making the entire installation anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours long.

Know the Risks

A hot water heater can actually be very dangerous as there is a good amount of carbon monoxide produced from the combustion of gas. Water heaters need to be able to vent carbon monoxide outside of the home and in order for that to happen, there needs to be a rising of warm air. There are also certain efficiency requirements for hot water heaters. These risks support the notion of hiring a professional Charlotte plumbing contractor to properly and safely install your next water heater.

Continued Maintenance

Once your new water heater is installed, it is important to maintain it so that it runs efficiently. It is recommended to keep the water temperature to a maximum of 120 degrees in order to remove any danger of scalding. It is also important to add a water softening agent to ensure you are not running hard water. It is also wise to flush out your tank annually.

If you are in need of hot water heater repair or installation, contact a Charlotte NC plumber with years of experience. Ammons Superior Plumbing has you covered as our team of technicians attend to clogged drains, toilet repair and all other types plumbing in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas.