How to Upgrade a Water Heater

Step 1: Prepare the Water Heater

The primary step is to turn off the water on the cold side of the water heater.

Launch a hot water faucet to ease some of the pressure in the lines.

If the water heater is gas, turn the switch over to the ‘Pilot’ position. If it’s electric, turn the power off at the breaker.

Drain about a gallon of water out of the tank to alleviate more pressure and to decrease the water level.

Step 2: Prepare the Pipes

Utilize a measuring tape to estimate the length of each area of 3/4″ copper pipeline, then transfer the measurement to each area of pipeline and cut the pieces to length.

Assemble the pieces together including any fittings.

Next, screw the male adaptors in place on the valve and remain to fit the pieces together.

Test the assembly in place to check the measurements.

Step 3: Cut the Cold Water Line

Align the pre-fitted valve assembly to the cold water line. Make a mark where the 90-degree angles converge the water line.

Make use of a pipeline cutter to cut the pipe closest to the water line initially then move on to the top of the pipeline and cut.

How to Upgrade a Water Heater

How to Upgrade a Water Heater

Step 4: Put together the Expansion Tank Connections

Make sure that the length of the pipe coming off the ‘T’ is as brief as possible to limit strain on the connection.

Clean and flux the joints while assembling the growth tank connection. See to it there is a threaded male adaptor to link the tank into at the end.

Solder all the joints together and let the assembly cool thoroughly, then include Teflon paste to the threads of the tank.

Install the ‘T’ and female adaptor for the growth tank. Use 2 slip-joint pliers to screw the tank into the threaded male adaptor. Make sure the tank is secure.

If the water heater is electrical, turn the water on and test for leaks.

Step 5: Set up an Automatic Shutoff Valve

The automatic shutoff valve has a choice that will certainly likewise shut off the gas on gas water heaters. A licensed specialist will need to do the setup.

Here are the steps:

Use pliers to eliminate the thermal coupling from the gas valve then install the automatic shutoff valve coupling in its location.
Next, insert the wire from the valve into the hole in the coupling and protect the wire. Usage pliers to tighten up the connection, however be really mindful not to over-tighten.
Remove the cap from the shutoff valve and insert the wire ends into the sockets on the valve.
Secure the wire to the water heater. Finally, switch on the water heater.

Step 6: Construct a Pan

If there is not a pan underneath the water heater, it is possible to construct one without having to drain the tank and put one below.

The damming system is a strip of rubber that is ‘T’ shaped to keep the water in.

As soon as the location has been measured around the tank, cut the rubber to length.

Apply plumber’s putty to the bottom of the rubber and put in place by attaching both ends to a coupler. Then, coat the within bottom edge with a silicone sealer.

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