Water heater replacement, like many other plumbing issues, is something best left to a professional plumber. Installing a new, or replacing an old water heater is fraught with danger. You could get burned or flood an area of your home. If your unit is electric expect high voltage to be present. Gas units have gas lines that must not leak!
Changing Types of Water Heaters
When considering changing the type of water heater you currently have it is important to think about your existing piping and plumbing infrastructure. For example, let’s say you have a conventional storage tank water heater and want to switch to a tankless. It may be necessary to relocate the piping to an exterior wall due to the flu regulations on tankless water heaters. Also, tankless water heaters usually require close to 200,000 BTU’s, whereas your existing water heater may only require 40,000 BTU’S. This usually means we have to increase the gas line pipe size feeding the tankless to achieve the necessary BTU’s.
When switching from a gas to an electric water heater, a 220 volt electrical line will need to be in place. A dedicated fuse box mounted near the water heater for servicing is also necessary.
When switching from an electric to a gas fired water heater you will need to relocate the plumbing to accommodate a flu and a new gas line.
As you can see, changing the type of device that heats your water can require changes to your home’s plumbing infrastructure.
Champion Plumbing can help you determine the best size and type of water heater for your specific needs.
Water Heater Replacement
Champion Plumbing & Drain Cleaning has been replacing electric, gas, and tankless water heaters in Canton, GA for almost 20 years. We have the knowledge and expertise required to safely install your new water heater. Give us a call. You’ll be surprised how affordable a new water can be.
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