How To Install An Electric Water Heater

Tools and Supplies for Installing A Water Heater

To install a water heater you will need common plumbing tools, pipe thread compound and parts.
This is a list of some of what might be necessary.

  1. Channel Locks
  2. 24 inch pipe wrench
  3. Pipe Thread Compound
  4. Teflon Tape
  5. Electric Meter Tester
  6. Water Heater Water Flex Line and nipple kit
  7. New Water Heater correct height and width for re-installation
  8. New T & P Valve if one doesn’t come with water heater.

Removing Old Water Heater

Below is a check list for removing the old water heater.

  1. Turn off Electricity to Water Heater
  2. Remove cover where electric wire goes into water heater
  3. Test wires to make sure electric is off by testing from each insulated wire back to ground then remove wires
  4. Turn Water off to Water Heater and check at hot water faucet
  5. Connect a drain hose to the drain on the water heater. Carefully open the drain.
  6. If water does not drain then turn the hot water back on to use water pressure to push debris from drain outlet
  7. After water flows freely from hose turn water off and unscrew the pipes at the top of the water heater
  8. Remove the Temperature and Relief pipe, you can leave the T & P Valve installed
  9. Remove Old Water Heater
  10. Install a water Heater Drain Pan if desired
  11. Install New Water Heater
  12. Connect New pipes by reverse procedure that you removed them installing new where needed. Make sure to connect the cold to proper inlet.
  13. Turn on the Hot Water Valve in your Bath Tub and then turn the water back on to the water heater. After all air is gone close system and check for leaks
  14. Reconnect the electric

Water Heater Check List after Installation

After you have installed the new water heater,dry the connections with a paper towel or toilet paper. About 10 minutes after you have turned on the electricity you should hear a noise in the water heater or feel warmth beginning in the pipes. Now re-check the pipes and see if there are any leaks. Also, check the thermostat to see if they are set at the desired temperature.Some water heaters have an upper and lower thermostat and some only have a lower thermostat. You will need to set both of them, if equipped with two. Setting these thermostat over 140 degrees can cause excessive wear on the water heater elements. For more information on adjusting the Water Heater Thermostat click HERE.Our Phone Number

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