Installing a new tankless water heater (The Basics: Part 1)
If you have already decided that a tankless water heater is the next worthwhile upgrade for your home, consider the few, but necessary things that might need to be done to be ready for your unit. Houston has many stores available to try doing this project on your own, but we would advise calling your local Houston plumber to guide you through the process. You would not want to find yourself in a jam because you installed something wrong or didn’t adhere to safety codes. That would end up costing you valuable time and money to fix.
The first step in replacing your old water heater is to locate the placement of where you want it to go. Chances are, using the same location is probably the best situation, however if you are going from a traditional water heater to a tankless model, you will end up with a large amount of extra room. A plus for any homeowner! A vent pipe will need to be run from the tankless water heater to an outside location and must be vented downward to prevent elements like rain water from entering the pipe. Some models require a separate pipe for fresh air intake as well. These models will need extra thimbles and thimble holes to accommodate the pipe.
Once the thimble holes have been cut, they have been tested and the angles have been checked, install the thimbles and slide the vent pipe into them. Make sure to consult the directions of the specific tank model for Houston and national code requirements. If you have any questions, call your local plumber.
In the next post, we will discuss mounting the tankless water heater, attaching the water pipes, and what to do if there are any repairs needed.