Tired from the day’s work, all ready to sleep but there’s one place we all want to start our relaxation – the shower room. Who would want a cold shower that will just make our nerves freeze? Of course, we want to have that feel good hot shower where – as they say – the place where the toughest and biggest decisions are made? Well, before we get all dreamy, let’s first make sure that our water heater is all ready! Take note of a friend to assist with the heavy lifting – women are not made to do that. If you’re a guy, well, you’d still need a friend to help you. You would also need to coordinate with the store as to when the new ones will be delivered. I don’t think anyone can survive without hot water for a week except for penguins. It’s also a good idea to ask the people at the store where you make that purchase if the old ones will be towed by the delivery people. Things to remember when making that shower decision?
- Gas or Electric. You have either a gas-powered or an electric water heater. If you want to do the old switcheroo – convert from one form of energy to another – your best tool for this project is a telephone. Call a plumber! Remember that any action or project that involves gas – it’s always wise to get an expert to help. How about for electric? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Adjustable wrenches
- Propane torch
- Now let’s get started! Turn off the water heater’s power at the breaker. Disconnect the wires but make sure to label where each came from. It’s always best to have the new one’s manual with you so that you can easily follow the step by step guide.
- Getting Everything Ready. Time to turn on all the hot water taps. Now, quickly, twist off the water supply to the unit. Bring your garden hose inside, but leave the other end outside thorough a window or door. Drain the tank. If you have hoses that aren’t hard-plumbed to the unit, unscrew them. What if they are connected to the old water heater with solder? Cut the lines and put them together later.
- The Actual Installation. If you remember how you removed the old one, well good news! Installation is just the reverse process. Place the new water heater on the staging area. Here’s where you screw-in or solder the connections of water outlet pipes to the cylindrical heater.
To see if you’re successful, turn-on the water supply and double-check if all of the hot water faucets remain open throughout the house. After the water starts splashing from each faucet, let it run for about a minute, before tightening them to the “off” position. Rejoin the source wires to the water heater. Power-up at the breaker-box and see if everything’s working according to the manual. Make sure there are no unexpected leaks. Set the thermostat on the water heater to a comfortable and efficient level. All that’s left is for the water to boil. A new water heater should supply you with hot H2O and at the same time, you can relax again with your hot shower as it will take a couple more years for another replacement.