Does A Plumber Have To Install A Hot Water Heater?

There are many reasons why it is essential for a plumber to install a hot water heater.

These reasons relate firstly to the installation being safe, both for the person installing it and for any use thereafter. Secondly, that any potential leakage does not cause damage, and thirdly, that the hot water heater operates correctly and efficiently.

With a gas hot water heater, the gas pipes need to be sized correctly, to supply the correct amount of gas so that the appliance operates to meet the manufacturer’s specifications. Many manufacturers tell O’Shea Plumbing that faults with gas appliances often relate to poor gas supply and this is because of the gas pipes not being sized correctly.

The water pressure needs to be checked, and a pressure reduction (PRV) limit valve or cold water expansion valve may need to be fitted. O’Shea Plumbing strongly recommend that PRV and cold water expansion valves are fitted when required, as they can greatly increase the life of your plumbing systems.

Water temperature may need to be controlled via a tempering valve.

The pressure and temperature relief valve drain lines need to discharge to a position where it will not cause nuisance or damage. O’Shea Plumbing recommend it is discharged to over a  sewer disconnector gully or a stormwater grate whenever possible. 

A safe tray with a drain to the outside or a Mildred valve may need to be installed under an internal hot water heater to prevent damage to the building from water leaks.

The ventilation into the room or enclosure need to be checked and vents fitted where required when an internal gas hot water heater is installed 

It is important that the gas flue pipes are installed and terminate correctly and that the clearances from internal/external corners openings into a building, etc. for external water heaters are all correct.

It’s important to consider all of the above-mentioned elements of a water heater installation so that your hot water heater operates safely and efficiently, and is soundly installed. To alleviate the stress and complexity of the task it is best to hire an experienced plumbing professional to complete the installation.

O’Shea Plumbing offers hot water system maintenance and repairs, as well as assistance when you’re picking and installing new systems. Our customers trust us to provide exceptional repairs and installations for all of their hot water plumbing and service needs. Contact us today on (03) 9888 2887.

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