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Monday, March 08, 2010

How to Install an Instant Hot Water Heater

Instant hot water heaters, or tankless heaters, can be remarkably efficient.  By not constantly using electricity or fuel to keep a reservoir of water heated, these tanks utilize a great deal less energy.  They work by heating your water as it is used and can help to ensure that you never run out of hot water without the need to heat it around the clock.  Today we will examine how the average handyman can install one of these heaters at home without the need to hire a plumber or electrician to do the job.

When you are ready to install the new heater, you will want to make sure that you have everything you need on hand.  This includes solder, copper pipes, pipe cutters, a propane torch, and, of course, the new water heater.  With your tools in hand, you are ready to begin.  You will start by turning off your existing water heater and draining the tank.  A water hose attached to the spigot can allow you to easily drain the tank through a window or into a drainage container.  Using pipe cutters and bolt cutters, you will want to remove the existing water tank completely.  Take care not to crimp any pipes or create blockages.

With the old water heater out of the way, put the new one into place.  Bolt it down where you would like it, and you will find that it is time to install the vent.  If the new power vent is different than the vent of your old heater, it will likely need to be wired into place.  Before doing this, be certain to shut off all power to the area.  If you do not have experience with wiring, contacting an electrician or someone with experience is highly recommended.  Once the vent is in place, you simply need to connect the new water lines.

Connecting water lines is perhaps the most difficult part of the process, but it can be easily done by yourself.  Using solder and your propane torch, you will want to connect your water heater to your existing water lines using copper pipes.  Ensure that the pipes you have purchased are the right size and diameter.  Once you have connected the water lines and ensured that all of your seals are tight your heater will be ready to go.

By installing a tankless or instant water heater, you can save up to fifty percent on your energy bills every month.  The reason for this is that the tank works only when needed, while the typical tank heats water around the clock, even while you are sleeping.  With a tankless water heater you can consume a great deal less energy while also lowering your impact on the environment significantly.  Taking the time to go green can be a great way to save money, and with tax incentives and other benefits offered for doing so, there has never been a better time to look into these energy saving appliances.

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