When it is time to replace your hot water heater, you have several decisions to make, including whether or not to install it yourself. Making the wrong moves could mean that your hot water heater will not be properly fitted for your home or it may be incorrectly installed. To make sure your hot water is just right, here is what you need to know.
Choosing the Wrong Size Water Heater
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to choosing a water heater. Different homes have different needs, and failing to take that into account could mean that you end up with a hot water heater that is either too big or too small for your home.
Buying the wrong size water heater could mean an increase in your energy costs. For instance, a water heater that is too large spends considerable energy keeping water that is not being used heated.
Before purchasing a water heater, take the time to determine what size water heater you need. You need to consider your household's water usage and your current plumbing structure. Whatever size tank you choose, your plumbing structure needs to be able to handle the flow of hot water through its lines.
Failing to Take Safety Precautions
Depending on the area in which you live, safety precautions might need to be taken to ensure the security of your hot water heater. For instance, if you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, you need to anchor the water heater so that it is not hurled through the air by strong winds.
If you are unsure of what measures are necessary for securing your water heater, contact your local disaster-preparedness agency. Your city should have an emergency task force that can offer you safety suggestions. You can also reach out to a local home improvement store or plumber to learn what you can do to secure the appliance.
Mixing Metal Connections
When you are installing the water heater, it is important that you carefully consider the connectors that you are using. Although it is possible to mix some connectors, it is not possible for all. If you fail to choose the correct connectors, the pipes could prematurely corrode.
For instance, if you have copper piping, you cannot connect your water heater using galvanized steel connectors. You would need to use a fitting between the two to avoid problems.
To avoid other mistakes, consider working with a plumber.