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Common Mistakes in Water Heater Installation:
When you buy a new water heater, it’s important to gauge your hot water needs accurately so that you get a heater large enough to supply them. Having done that, you can install the heater yourself, but homeowners who do sometimes make mistakes, and some of them can cause damage to the heater or even personal injury. Being aware of the common mistakes can help you avoid them and ensure a safe and efficient installation.
When connecting your new water heater to the water pipes, you’ll probably have to make solder connections, and a common mistake is to do this too close to the tank. The heat it takes to melt solder can also melt plastic fittings inside the tank. A better way to make the connections is to unscrew the nipples from the top of the tank and take them to a work bench to solder on the needed pipe and fittings. Leave only one connection to solder after you replace the nipples, and make it as far from the tank as possible.
You don’t have to pay special attention to the water connections if your tank has brass or copper connectors, and the pipes in your house are copper. If either the tank nipples or the pipes are galvanized steel, however, and you are connecting them to copper, you must use a fitting called a dielectric union to make the connection. It keeps the pipes from actually touching each other because, when they do, they create a corrosive electric charge that deteriorates the pipes and causes leaks. Both the hot and cold water pipes must have this fitting — it’s a code requirement.
T&P Overflow Tube
Every water heater comes equipped with temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve that opens when either the temperature or pressure in the tank exceeds its threshold values. This valve can open unexpectedly and spray scalding water, so it must be connected to a watertight pipe that extends to within 6 inches of the floor. It’s common to omit this overflow tube or to install it improperly, and this exposes everyone in the room to injury in the event that the valve opens. If the valve is on top of the tank, the overflow tube should extend along the top and down the side of the tank to the floor.
Support and First Use
If you live in a seismic zone, the tank must be securely strapped to the framing to prevent it from tipping in the event of an earthquake. It’s easy to overlook this requirement, but it’s a vital one. Before firing up your tank, whether it’s an electric or gas model, it must be full of water. Homeowners who forget this may end up having to replace the electric heating elements — which burn out — or the tank itself, which can crack when heated by a gas burner. Water should be running in a steady stream from the hot water faucets before you turn on the heater. source: homeguides.sfgate.com
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