DIY Gas Tankless Water Heater Installation


Tankless water heaters have become a popular alternative to traditional tank styles. These small and compact water heaters do not require the use of a water containment tank, resulting in no worries about leaking or floods in your home. Tankless water heaters can also heat the water up much more quickly and save homeowners on energy costs. If you want to install this type of water heater yourself, here are some steps to help you complete the installation.

Install A Gas & Water Line

You will need to install a gas line to connect to the water heater. Be sure that you're following the proper building codes, and it may be best to have your local gas provider complete this step in the process for you. If you have an existing line, you can add a T valve to it that will divert the gas to the new water heater. You'll also need to tie in new water lines for the heater. Copper is the best material to do this, and you can use hanger brackets to hold the pipes in place and keep them away from the wall. Use flux to clean the ends of the pipe and then solder them together. 

Build A Platform

You will need to create a platform where the tankless water heater can be enclosed. Simple make a box large enough to house the heater, and attach it to the wall using long screws. Make sure the platform and enclosure is attached to the studs in the wall so that it's properly secured and will be able to handle the water heater safely. Then, hang the heater inside of the covered platform. For now, you can use a single screw to keep it in place temporarily. Later when the installation is complete you can finish the job screwing down the holes included on the attached mounting bracket.

Connect The Lines

Now you should be ready to connect all of the lines so you can use the tankless water heater. You will need to connect the gas shut-off valve, the sediment trap, and the water supply line. Be sure to tighten all connections with an adjustable wrench until they're securely in place. After all of your lines are securely connected, use a gas sniffer to make sure there are no leaks. You can rent one of these sniffers from a local hardware store if you do not own one, and this test is extremely important to make sure everything has been attached properly.

Using The Heater

Once you've secured the heater and attached all of the corresponding pipes, it's time to plug the water heater into the electrical power source. This will turn on the water heater's thermostat and help it maintain the proper temperature. You should also go ahead and insulate the water pipes while you're here so they will be protected in the colder months. Turn your gas on, and press the start button on your heater. Within minutes you should have hot water running without the worry of a reserve tank leaking.

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4 February 2016

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