HENDERSON , Nev., Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The pros at Silverstate Plumbing http://silverstateplumbingco.com/ are cautious when suggesting that a homeowner repair or replace a water heater on their own. While it may seem fairly simple, right? Well there are quite a few things that might be a little harder than you thought once you get well into the project.
Warning to Anyone Working on a Water Heater: Gas, Water and Electricity Can be Hazardous to Your Health – Hire a Professional Plumber
Consider that a warning that lawyers are famous for, but don’t blow this one off. There are dangers involved in a job like this. If you’re going to do it yourself, do your research and make sure you know what you’re getting into before you get started.
Your Final Out
Once you feel that you are in your over your head, you are! If you need to call a plumbing contractor like Silverstate plumbing to complete the job, that’s okay. We get calls like that all the time.
One thing that is very important is to make sure you follow the plumbing codes. So call your local plumbing inspector to find out what you need to know.
Keep the same fuel type of the water heater you’re replacing. And if you want to change the size, that’s fine. Just make sure you have some clearance between the heater and the wall.
Electric Water Heater
Changing an electric water heater can be very dangerous because you’re dealing with electricity. The best way to stay safe is to only tackle this if you have electrical experience. Otherwise call a professional.
The water supply needs to be turned off and the electrical supply off at the main panel. The next step would be to drain the water heater. Make sure the water goes down the drain or empty with buckets. Then disconnect the water lines. Set the new one in place and reconnect the water lines. Then fill the tank. Reconnect the electrical connections.
LP/Natural Gas Water Heater
Changing a gas water heater can also be dangerous. Before changing out the old heater, make sure the gas is off and there aren’t any gas leaks.
It’s always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy. Shut off the gas valve with an opened end wrench. Make sure there are no leaks by checking the pilot light and smell for gas.
Turn the pilot switch to “off” and disconnect the exhaust duct. Next drain the heater.
Then you have to remove the valve assembly. From there connect the new segments of flex pipe. Connect a new flexible gas line. And then connect the water supply.
Both gas and electric water heaters can be dangerous. The gas water heater is much more involved, and can take a lot of time. And you really need to know what you’re doing.
If you’re just trying to do it yourself by trial and error it could be a huge headache, and could cost more money than you saved. So the best thing to do to save time and money would be to call a professional plumber.
Water Heater Brands, Types
Rheem, Bradford White, AO Smith, American Water Heaters, Ruud, State Industries, Kenmore, Whirlpool, GE, Richmond, Polaris, Apollo, Sears, Kenmore, Rinnai, Noritz, Bosch, Navien.
Residential and Commercial. Tankless, conventional storage tank, solar.
About Silver State Plumbing
The plumbing division is staffed with technicians know the “Silverstate Way” is the only way to treat a valued customer. Top notch repairs are provided by plumbers that have been Nevada licensed and certified.
If you are faced with the unexpected expense of replacing a water heater, kitec repiping, upgrade commercial kitchens, repair busted water lines, clear clogged drains or other plumbing system repair, know that you are dealing with a contractor that has achieved the highest rating by the Better Business Bureau.
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