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October 10,2021

Common DIY Water Heater Installation Mistakes

In our information age, DIY guides are just one web-search away. Many homeowners and business owners enjoy taking on DIY projects, whether it is to learn something new or save some money. However, there are many costs and risks to consider when installing a water heater on your own. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, we have years of experience installing water heaters as well as fixing mistakes in poorly installed units. In fact, this article is dedicated to reviewing some of the common DIY water heater installation mistakes. If you need a qualified technicians assistance, then do not hesitate to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We can schedule you an appointment or arrange an emergency dispatch.

Choosing the Wrong Sized Water Heater

You do not want to fail before you even begin the installation. Make sure you are buying the right sized water heater. If you are going with a traditional tank-style water heater, then the general rule of thumb is to have 10 to 15 gallons per person in the household. A 30-gallon tank should be enough for a couple and a 40- to 50-gallon tank is sufficient for a family of four. If you want to install a tankless heater, then the calculation is more complex. These heaters heat a certain number of gallons per minute. To choose the right sized tankless heater, you must calculate the maximum amount of hot water you expect to use.

Forgetting to Place the Drain Pan

The tank of a water heater is prone to leaking or forming condensation that can drip. For this, the installation process includes placing a drain pan under the tank to collect any water that may discharge from the unit. This drain pan should be resistant against corrosion and be at least 1.5 inches tall and 2 inches wider than the diameter of the water heater tank. Forgetting to place the drain pan can increase the risk of water damage.

Improperly Installing or Failing to Install the Pressure Relief Valve

The temperature and pressure relief valve is a vital safety feature that releases excess water and steam from the tank to prevent overheating or even explosions. If the temperature and pressure relief valve is improperly installed or not installed, then you risk having the tank burst or explode! This is nothing to take lightly whatsoever.

Choosing the Wrong Materials

There are a lot of decisions you are going to make while installing the unit. You will have to get drains and pipes and choose their sizes and material. Choosing the wrong pipes or installing them even at a wrong angle can potentially void any warranties. So, be sure to read the water heater units installation instructions carefully and thoroughly.

You Can Enjoy A Peace of Mind

A water heater has a considerable price tag. The last thing you want is to spend hours on its installation only to have it fail on you with the warranty voided. Enjoy a peace of mind by leaving the installation to a talented plumber. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh offers competitive pricing, and we are happy to give you a free price estimate upfront. Call now to schedule an appointment today.

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