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Any time you make a major investment in your home, it’s a good idea to understand what’s being done with your investment. This is no different when it comes to water heater installation in Rock Hill, SC. Given the many elements of a water heater installation, it can seem intimidating to the untrained eye. To help make you a more knowledgeable homeowner, though, here is a basic explanation of the water heater installation process.

Removal

The first step in any new water heater installation in Rock Hill, SC, is to remove the old water heater. The old water heater will be drained with a garden hose using the drain valve on the water heater. Then, the gas line or electric supply and water lines will be disconnected after shutting off the gas and water at the appropriate access points to ensure there are no leaks. It’s a good idea to know the location of these shut-offs in advance to aid in the installation process. After that, the gas exhaust will be removed if your water heater uses gas. Once all connections have been removed, the old water heater tank will be taken out of your home.

Installation

To install the new water heater, the technicians will first ensure that the new tank is perfectly level using shims underneath the tank. When the tank is level, new hot and cold-water supply lines will be attached to your water heater. After that, the gas or supply line will be installed, including a union fitting to connect the old supply line to the new water heater in the case of a gas water heater. Then, the gas shut-off valve or electric supply will be turned on. Once the energy supply is active, the technicians will turn on the water supply and allow the tank to fill.

Safety

One of the most important parts of a successful water heater installation is safety. In the case of gas water heaters, you should make sure that the installers check for gas leaks before lighting the pilot on the water heater. Typically, this is done using soapy water that is placed on the gas supply line. Technicians will check for any bubbles that could indicate a gas leak. If no leaks are detected, then it’s time to light your water heater’s pilot using a match or lighter. Once the pilot is lit, the water heater will be turned on using the temperature control knob.

For quality water heater installation, contact us at Providence Plumbing of The Carolinas in person or visit our website at providenceplumbing.com for more information.