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What To Expect During A Water Heater Installation

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Water heater installation can be disruptive, but a bit of groundwork ahead of time will make the process simple. Let’s take a look at the four stages of a typical water heater installation, and some things you can do to help.

Water Heater Installation Stage 1 – The Consultation

A plumbing professional from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric will talk you through three factors that affect which water heater will work best for your home.

  1. Space – how much physical space is available for a new water heater?
  2. Budget – how much are you able to spend on a water heater replacement?
  3. Household water needs–does the size of your current water heater provide enough hot water for your household? (Or is some poor soul resigned to cold showers?) On the other hand, is it heating more water than what you need? This will add extra to your utility bill that you don’t need to spend.

What You Can Do For The Consultation

Make a note of as much information about your existing unit as you can, such as:

  • What size is your current water heater?
  • Where is the water heater located?
  • Does it run on gas or electricity?
  • Is it a tankless water heater or tank model?

Armed with this info, a plumber from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric will suggest the type and model of water heater best for your household’s needs. They will also run you through cost and finance options. Then it’s up to you. Once you’ve made the decision, we’ll schedule an appointment for installation.

Water Heater Installation Stage 2 – Preparation

A little bit of effort beforehand will go a long way in making sure that the installation is as straightforward as possible. Our plumbers bring everything they need. The Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric vehicles are fully stocked to ensure efficient service.

What Can I Do Before A Water Heater Installation?

There are a few simple things that you can do before installation day that will help the process along.

  • Snap a few photos of the area where the water heater is going to be installed. This will help prepare the plumber.
  • Make sure you take photos of all vents, connection points and electrical outlets.
  • Clean away any clutter or debris around the area.
  • Make sure your pets are safely closed away.
  • Measure door widths to figure out which is the best entry point for your new water heater.

Water Heater Installation Stage 3 – Installation Day

On the day of your appointment, you’ll get a call when the installation crew is on their way. Once they get there, they will assess the area and go through the installation specifics with you. If you’re happy to proceed, they will begin the installation process.

How Much Time Should It Take?

A straightforward installation without any unforeseen problems will generally take a few hours. On the rare occasion that something out of the ordinary happens, they may need to return the following day.

Rough Time Guidelines:

Are you wondering how long you’ll need to hang around? Installation time varies depending on the type of existing water heater, and the new water heater that is going to replace it.

  • Similar model gas or electric: two to three hours.
  • Tank to Tank (similar model, either gas or electric)—two to three hours.
  • Tank to Tankless Switching to a different type of water heater will take longer as new power and water lines need to be put in, as well as air vents.
  • Tankless to Tankless roughly one to three hours.

What Can I Do During The Installation?

Make yourself a cup of coffee and relax, knowing that you’re in good hands.

Water Heater Installation Stage 4 – Clean Up

Once your brand-new water heater has been fitted and checked, the plumber will make sure the area is cleaned up. They will remove your old unit and give you instructions for looking after your new water heater.

The Right Plumbing Team – Your Key To A Stress-Free Installation

If your water heater is limping along, it’s time for a replacement. Our plumbers are waiting to help you, and with many years of experience and knowledge on their side. Take stress out of the equation and give us a call today at 1-800-475-1504 to book your water heater consultation.

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