With the right amount of maintenance, modern electric water heaters can last between six and 12 years, but when it comes time for an upgrade, it’s possible to not only find the right one for you but also install it yourself. All it takes is following the steps below, which involve positioning the water heater, connecting your electrical supply, and changing the thermostat accordingly.
Before you begin, remember a few quick tips—turn the power off and don’t turn it back on until you’ve completed the installation. Also, ensure the water heater has been filled with water before you restore the power or else the heating element could be destroyed.
Tools and Materials
- Tubing cutter or hacksaw
- Wire brush
- Propane torch
- Adjustable wrenches
- Electric water heater
- Wire nuts
- Acid-free flux
- Heat trap fittings
- Masking tape
- 2×4 (for support)
Directions for Installing Your New Electric Water Heater
- Getting heater into place, soldering shutoff valve: Using a level beside the heater, level it and, if necessary, with shims. Ensure the shutoff valve is set to the opened position, connecting it to your supply line by using both a lead-free solder and propane torch.
- Wrapping threads, attaching fittings: Attach the red fitting onto the hot-water outlet and the blue fitting onto the cold-water inlet. The fittings should have arrows indicating the proper installation. Make sure you follow the correct direction, tightening with your adjustable wrench.
- Connecting water supply: Now, connect your plumbing supply lines to the heater per the manufacturer’s directions and local codes (flexible copper or solid copper lines are normal). Ensure your drain valve is closed completely before turning on the chief water supply and opening all the line valves. On your house’s highest floor, open a few faucets, running the water till it flows consistently out of the faucets. Steady water flow from hot water faucets indicate that your heater is full—at which point you should turn the faucets off and inspect for leaks.
- Connecting to the electrical supply: Ensure that the power to the heater has been switched off at your main circuit breaker, removing any fuses you have, and connect your electrical supply per the manufacturer’s directions. Connect ground or bare copper wire onto the ground screw before replacing the electrical access plate.
- Adjusting thermostat: Remove your thermostat access plate, pulling back any insulation and exposing the thermostat. Using a screwdriver, change your temperature setting in increments of ten degrees, with the recommended temp being 120 degrees. Set the access plate back where it was. When the water tank is completely full, restore the power and push the panel’s reset button.
If you find yourself unsure of how to continue, don’t hesitate to call a professional to help you with the rest of the installation process.
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