Homeowners love to save time and hassle and will be ready to work on a water heater. However, there are many circumstances and eventualities which need assistance from a >professional. If you’re handy and happy with mechanics, then some eventualities concerning water heaters can be handled by you.
Before doing plumbing work you need to perform these safety steps:
Open a hot tap within the house at any sink. This relieves pressure on the lines.
Twist the knob on the drain valve to open it on the water heater. It’s found at the base of the water heater and appears like a hose bib.
Tell everybody in the house or building to use cold water only.
Whenever removing electrical elements on an electrical water heater, be sure that the electricity is turned off.
The glass cleaner will spit and foam barely if you’ve a gas leak.
At this point you want to be careful that the gas smoke don’t backdraft into the house. When the gas fumes from a gas water heater travel up and out the draft diverter on top of the gas water heater, they go to the outside of your place thru a vent. If you smell rotten eggs inside of your house, call a plumber or the gas company immediately.
If you are insulating your pipes for your water heater, do not cover dielectric unions, fittings, or copper flex lines. The insulation will cause the water to remain on the surface beneath and cause more damage from leaky pipes. Never put insulation on the tin draft diverter found above the gas water heate. The insulation can ignite.
If you know you’ve got a recirculating loop for you water heater, it’s a smart idea to have a ball valve before the point at which the loop connects to you water heater. If you’ve got any pump found on this line, have a plumbing professional install a ball valve before the pump also.
Again, if you aren’t certain of your capability to work on a water heater in any way, get a professional service technician to help you.