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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

Rules To Follow When Completing A Water Heater Replacement

by Madison Dean

If certain signs are showing up with your home's water heater—such as repeated breakdowns and loud noises—then you may need to find a replacement. It's not an overly difficult appliance to replace if you just follow a couple of simple rules.

Consider Getting a Larger Unit Under the Right Conditions

Something you'll want to think about when replacing your water heater is the size of the new unit. You may want to get something larger because it's going to provide more hot water. Just make sure the right conditions are in place before going this route. 

For instance, if your previous water heater never gave you enough hot water on a consistent basis, that's a sign to get a larger unit the next time around. Then you won't be that worried about running out of hot water, whether it's for showers or cooking.

See if a DIY Installation Is Possible

Once you find a compatible and efficient water heater for your home, you need to determine if you're capable of installing it yourself or if you would be better off letting a professional contractor do this. Water heaters can be set up using DIY approaches.

You just need to understand how these heating systems work and use the appropriate installation tools. You'll also want to go through important safety protocols before getting started, such as knowing how to deal with gas connections if your water heater is powered by this fuel source. Do these things and a DIY setup is possible. 

Familiarize Yourself With All Components

If you do plan on replacing a hot water heater yourself, make sure you carefully go through the included components before getting started. Then not only will you know what each component looks like, but you can also make sure everything is in good condition and thus can work great post-installation.

A convenient way to review these components quickly would be to just look at part diagrams provided by the manufacturer of said heating system. They'll list out every major component, including the overflow pipe, tank, upper element, insulation, and hot water outlet. Study these components thoroughly to make better installation plans.

If your current water heater severely breaks down, you may need to swap it out completely. You'll have a smooth replacement if you just look at your hot water needs and create tangible setup plans for whatever heating system you invest in. 

Contact a company like Kellie Plumbing for more information.