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Imagine getting up in the morning and getting ready for work. You hope in the shower hopping the hot water will wake you up, refresh you and leave your aching muscles feeling a bit more relaxed. You are in the shower for about five minutes and get the shock of your life when you have a head full of shampoo and the water runs ice cold! Guess what, your hot water heater just bit the dust and you now have to hop out of the shower and figure out how you’ll get all that shampoo out of your hair before can even address the issue! Guess you’re calling into work today…
Upon examining the tank, you find the heater sprung a nasty leak and it has flooded out the area where you have the tank installed. Yes, the entire tank drained out and while most if it went beneath the home that closet you have the heater tucked away in has a nice wet floor you will be dealing with too….and of course, as Murphy’s Law and your life would have it, it is likely this is a Monday morning too huh? All you want to do is go back to bed but that’s not happening. No sir, you’ve got a DIY project on your hands like it or not … time to install a new water heater.
Water heaters, at least the tank style heaters last about eight to 12 years. When you are thinking of replacing it, you will get a gas or electric tank that is an upgraded version of what you have installed. When shopping for the new heater, seek out the most energy efficient heater for your needs. A family of four with a house having two shower units needs at least a 65-gallon tank but if you are not sure what you need, talk to the people at the store where you buy the heater for some sound advice on choosing a good tank.
You will find water heaters Ottawa choices are myriad. When you do finally go shopping to find water heaters Ottawa selections however, make sure you question what it will cost to operate the unit on a yearly basis. You can often find this information presented right on the heater itself on a sticker providing information about the unit in question.
Taking Out the Older Tank
You will need to cut off the gas or electricity supply before going ahead any further with a tank removal. The gas has a cut off valve you will need to access and turn off. The water supply to the unit also needs to be turned off before the tank can be removed. Once you turn on all the hot water faucets inside the home to run them dry and you use a hose to drain whatever water might remain in the tank, only then is the tank ready for removal. The pipes going into the tank are hard-plumbed so the line will have to be cut or you will find that water heater is connected with hoses that must be disconnected. You might want to have someone help you with these steps as the pipework can prove cumbersome to work with and heavy.
Tank Install Steps
After you take out the old heater, you position the new heater in the old location. Rehook connector hoses or add them if you did not have them in the first place. Keep the hot water faucets on and open and then connect the water supply and turn it on – doing this ensures the lines do not get air bound. Allow the water to flow for about sixty seconds to ensure good flow and no air is in the pipes. Then turn the faucets off. Reconnect any wires you must reconnect and allow the heater to heat the water before using it.
It is recommended you drain your heater two times a year so it can reduce the accumulation of sedimentation. Some tanks have a vacation setting if you happen to go away for a five-day period – this will shut off the tank for the five days and reduce your heating bill when it does.
If you are unable to complete the process yourself, we highly recommend that you call in the pros at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. They can help with everything from repair to new installation.