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Common Mistakes in Water Heater Installation

February 15, 2015 Natalie Gould

Common Mistakes in Water Heater InstallationInstalling a water heater in your home can be a tricky job; you need to be a fairly good handyman to consider it. If you’re looking to ‘Do It Yourself’, you should always take advice from a professional before tackling the job, it is all too easy to find yourself in hot water.
Listed below are just three common mistakes, but as with most things, there are always more!


Under or over estimating the size required is a common problem for a keen DIY’er. If you underestimate, you just won’t have enough hot water for your family, if you overestimate, your energy bills won’t thank you.
Think about the amount of people in your home, whether they all like a nice long soak in the tub, and the likely hot water usage.

Soldering pipework directly on the tank

Soldering the pipework directly to the tank usually results in damage to some of the plastic fittings attached to the tank, there is a good chance that you won’t know until you try filling the system.
The easiest way would be to remove the pipework to solder it and then refit it once cooled.

Dry firing

In all the excitement of finishing the job, it is entirely possible (we have seen it many times) that you ‘dry fire’ the system; switching the power on when the tank isn’t correctly filled.
To avoid this, you should always open up the hot water faucet on the upper floor of the home, this has the effect of purging all of the air from the system. Wait until you have a clear, uninterrupted flow from the faucet, then it’s ready to go.

For all of your plumbing needs, talk to our friendly experts at Reichelt Plumbing today. We will only ever give you unbiased and professional advice. Contact us online or call us at (219) 322-4906.

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