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The Dangers of Installing An Electric Water Heater

Many homeowners like to think of themselves as quite the handyman. When it comes to installing appliances such as water heater, they look at their existing system and believe that they can simply install a new one with little fuss. Unfortunately, this is far from true as water heaters, specifically electric units, require a professional to install.

Electric water heaters have many components that might not be obvious to a non- professional. Many safety hazards can occur if the homeowner is not aware of the different components. Not only that, but there are other requirements, as well, that will need to be handled to have the system work correctly.

About Your Electric Water Heater

There are two types of water heaters, either a gas or electric unit. With an electric water heater, the water filtered into the tank is heated by electric mechanisms at the bottom. Once the water is heated, it is pushed through your piping system to the faucets and fixtures.

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The water heater, whether gas or electric, is an important component of your modern plumbing system. It allows you to have hot water instantly. with an electric water heater, the healing component is located at the bottom of the tank. The cold water is pushed into the bottom where it is heated. The hot water then rises to the top of the tank.

Dangers Related to Installation

As mentioned, an electric water heater installation is not something you want to attempt if you are not a professional. There are many dangers associated with the installation if you do not know what you are doing. Take a look at these water heater safety concerns below:

  • safety dangersElectricity: Obviously, an electric water heater needs to be hooked up to your electric system. This can require some technical connections that can cause a shock if not handled properly.
  • Drainage: Depending on the amount of water that is going to be heated, each water heater will require a different amount of drainage. If this is not done correctly, you can have many serious consequences such as floods.
  • Pressure: To allow the hot water to move to your faucet, there needs to be a specific amount of water and pressure to make this happen.
  • Regulations & Codes: Many cities and states have specific regulations regarding water heaters. An experienced plumber will understand these regulations and be able to abide by them.
  • Brands: Brands are another important aspect of a water heater. While some are better than others, you want to make sure you are getting one made by a manufacturer that is reputable and reliable.
  • Inconvenience: Finally, if your water heater installation should turn out wrong, you may end up going without running water for a significant amount of time, or at least until a plumbing technician can be on site.

In short, you want to make sure that you have a professional to assist you with an electric water heater installation. The number of errors that could occur far outweighs the service call.

Call a Professional Instead

As mentioned above, a professional plumber will know all the intricacies of installing an electric water heater. They will understand the delicate electrical systems, the regulations, and codes for your area, and be able to help you pick out a brand that will supply your home with enough hot water for your needs.

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If you need assistance, reach out to your local professional. Whether you need a water heater upgrade, have had a new bathroom installed, or need routine repair or maintenance, the experts will ensure that your home is safe and in good hands.

About Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Inc

Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Inc is a reliable plumber in the Orlando, FL area. They will work around your schedule to find the most convenient time to be at your home. They rely on quality service and will ensure that your home, plumbing system, and water heater installations are all safe. 

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