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A new water heater can save on electrical costs and it can cut down on rust in your water. A new heater is also a good way to reduce leaks and water damage from holes that show up across the tank area. In many instances, the new appliance can be easily swapped with your old one. This is not the case though, if your hot water was previously provided by an oil boiler or other type of furnace. A much more substantial installation will need to be completed if a tank water heater is not present in your basement. You can help the professional install the device much easier as long as you prepare your home for the service.
If your basement is damp or relatively wet, then your water heater may corrode relatively quickly. Water heaters are steel tanks that are lined internally with a glass material. The glass keeps the inside of the container from rusting. Enamel paint is utilized to cover the outside of the container, and this helps to protect the exterior from corrosion as well. However, the enamel paint can crack, scratch, and flake off the water heater over time. This leaves the steel exposed and susceptible to moisture and oxygen. If your basement is already humid or if the floor is wet, then corrosion is far more likely to occur.
You can prevent corrosion issues before they start by placing a dehumidifier in the space. A large device is a good option for your basement. Think about finding an appliance that can remove about 50 or 60 pints of water a day. Also, make sure the device has a humidity gauge on the front so you can track the relative moisture levels in the air. Ideally, you should try to keep humidity somewhere between about 30% and 50% to reduce water heater rust concerns. Once you secure the dehumidifier, make sure to empty out the fill bucket every day. The device will stop working once the bucket fills, so it does not overflow, but this means that water is not being removed from the air.
Set Up a Stand
Another good way to keep moisture away from your new water heater is to buy a stand to set the appliance on. If your basement is formed from concrete materials, then water is likely to sit on the floor. Setting the water heater directly on the damp concrete will continually expose the tank to moisture. A stand will elevate the heater a few inches to make sure that any and all exposed steel materials do not sit on the ground.
If you want to purchase a water heater stand, think about locating a steel device that looks similar to a small table. Also, a stand with a recessed base and criss-crossed metal beams may be a good choice. These types of stands will distribute the weight of the water heater across the metal materials. If you see stands that look like stools or if they appear to have thin legs, then do not buy these items. They can tip over easily and cause a great deal of damage.
Find the Perfect Spot
Once you have taken care of water issues and concerns, find the best spot for your water heater. Water heaters need to be wired to your fuse box, and your installation expert will place a new fuse inside that connects to the appliance. The wiring secured to the fuse box is attached to the water heater thermostat and electricity is pulled when the heater must turn on. Your water heater installation expert will provide the wiring and the new fuse, but there may be an issue if the water heater is too far away from your fuse box.
Not only should the heater be placed next to the electrical box, but it should be set directly underneath available hot and cold water lines. Either copper of PVC piping will be used, and your contractor will utilize tees, elbows, couplings, and flexible supply lines to hook up the heater. Connections can be difficult and a variety of expensive materials may need to be used if the heater is set too far away from your water pipes.
If you need a new water heater, then you should contact a professional to place the appliance. If the work is considered a brand new install, then follow the tips in this article to prepare for the placement of the device.