How Do You Install A Gas Water Heater

If you plan on installing your new gas water heater, then there are some things you should know. Unlike electric water heaters, gas heaters require a direct connection to your homes gas supply, as well as flue connection line that can get rid of any gases that may be harmful to you and your family.

Materials & Tools Needed to Install a Gas Water Heater

Keep reading to learn about the materials you need for this DIY installation and the proper steps to install your new gas water heater.

Materials Needed:

  • Hacksaw
  • Tube cutter
  • Carpenters level
  • Wire brush
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Propane torch
  • Screwdriver
  • Rags
  • Acid-free flux
  • Teflon tape
  • Wire nuts
  • Water heater trap fitting
  • Matches and grill igniter (may be included with the heater)

Installation Instructions

  1. Turn off the water supply and the gas supply in your home
  2. Drain the current water heater tank by attaching a hose to the drain valve
  3. Turn on the hot water one of your faucets, which will let air into the system
  4. Disconnect the gas line and water line connected to the tank using pipe wrenches.
  5. Remove the screws connecting to the water heater’s flue hat and vent using the screwdriver.
  6. Remove the old tank carefully and set aside.
  7. Carefully place the new tank in the correct spot, 6 inches away from any walls to ensure proper ventilation.
  8. Use the level to make sure the heater is set correctly.
  9. Reconnect the flute hat.
  10. Use the Teflon tape to wrap the pipe fittings for the water and gas supply line.
  11. Reattach and tighten the supply lines use pipe wrenches.
  12. Reconnect the water line.
  13. Clean the thread of the gas line with the wire brush and rag.
  14. Tighten on each fitting with pipe wrenches.
  15. Connect the gas supply.
  16. Connect the new line to the existing line using the union fitting.
  17. Turn on the water tank and turn on the hot water faucets in your home to get all the air out of your piping system.
  18. Test the gas line for any loose fitting and gas leaks.
  19. Light the pilot and turn the water heater on (if it doesn’t turn on simply relight the pilot and try again).
  20. Set the temperature control anywhere from 118-123 degrees.

Ta-dah! You’ve successfully installed your own water heater.

Need a Hand?

If you are looking for some assistance with your new water heater, simply turn to your local plumbing experts. Their experienced and trustworthy plumber can get your new water heater installed in no time – typically the same day.

Tips for Hiring a Plumber

Before hiring a plumbing company you’ve never worked with before, follow these tips:

1. Ask friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations.

2. When you found a plumber, check to make sure the company is licensed.

3. Make sure the company is fully insured to work on your home.

4. Get a service quote in writing to make sure there are no hidden, or unexpected, costs to the project.

5. If it’s an expensive project, get a second estimate to compare the first one to. Remember that cheapest isn’t always best.

If you need assistance installing your new hot water heater in Phoenix, call ACE Home Services for an estimate.

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