It is literally not possible to know each and everything to household chores. That’s why we are here to help you out. When it’s time to replace the water heater, don’t try to do it on your own unless you are an expert at recognizing plumbing issues. Water heater replacement requires the knowledge of a few things that only a professional will be able to help you out with.
Heat it while you fit it
Soldering connections of pipes during heater replacement too close to the hot water tank is a common mistake committed. The heat it takes to melt solder can also melt plastic fittings inside the tank. A better way to make the connections is to unscrew the nipples from the top of the tank and take them to a work bench to solder on the needed pipe and fittings. Leave only one connection to solder after you replace the nipples, and make it as far from the tank as possible.
Not being able to connect the temperature and pressure relief valve correctly
Temperature and pressure relief valves on the water heater, open once the temperature or even the pressure in the tank has exceeded their corresponding threshold values. When these valves have been connected wrongly, there is that chance that you might be sprayed with scalding water. This mistake can eventually lead to an injury. It is very much important to connect these valves then to a watertight pipe whose length reaches and extends to half feet of the floor. In case the valves are to be connected on top of the tank, you should always have the overflow tube extending from the top going down to the tank’s side then extending to the floor. Install things carefully.
Pay special attention
It is very important to understand the type of material that has been used in the making of your water tank. Using identical or material that doesn’t corrode on coming in contact with water and the other material (physics 101: A metal with a higher electrical potential will corrode the metal with a lower electric potential when they come in contact with an electrolyte). Fresh potable water is a weak electrolyte. Salt water or acid solutions are good electrolytes, hence the use of an acid solution in an automotive battery .
These are a few of the many things you need to keep in mind when you’re installing a hot water tank or you’re changing the heater. When you don’t know what all things that need to be considered, heater replacement is best left to the professionals like Edmonton Plumbers, who will get the job done without any mistakes.