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Water Heater Installation

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With By The Book Plumbing, you can trust that your water heater installation will be handled with the utmost care and precision. Owner, James Smith, a master-certified plumber brings years of industry experience to every project, ensuring that the installation is done efficiently and up to code. Whether you need a traditional water heater or a tankless system, he specializes in both, providing tailored solutions to meet your specific needs. Moreover, he stays updated with the latest advancements in the industry, guaranteeing you top-of-the-line products and cutting-edge installation techniques.

Choosing By The Book Plumbing means choosing peace of mind. From start to finish, we prioritize open communication, ensuring that you are involved in every step of the process. You can trust in our expertise and commitment to delivering exceptional results, and experience a water heater installation that exceeds your expectations.

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$ 2400

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Everything You Will Ever Want to Know About Water Heater Installation

Are you considering installing a water heater but unsure about the process? Look no further! This comprehensive guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about water heater installation. From understanding the different types of water heaters to the step-by-step installation process, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in!

What is a Water Heater?

A water heater is a crucial appliance that provides hot water for various purposes in homes, such as bathing, cooking, and cleaning. It consists of a tank or tankless unit that heats and stores water, ensuring a readily available supply of hot water whenever needed.

Types of Water Heaters

There are different types of water heaters available in the market. The most common ones include:

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters use heating elements to warm the water. They are relatively affordable and easy to install. However, they may have higher operational costs compared to other types.

Gas Water Heaters

Gas water heaters rely on natural gas or propane to heat the water. They are more energy-efficient than electric models but may require professional installation due to gas line connections.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, provide hot water instantly without the need for a storage tank. They are energy-efficient and offer unlimited hot water. However, they have a higher upfront cost.

Factors to Consider Before Installation

Before proceeding with the installation, several factors should be taken into consideration:


Determine the optimal location for your water heater installation. It should be accessible for maintenance and have proper ventilation.

Size and Capacity

Consider the size and capacity of the water heater based on the hot water demands of your household. Ensure it can meet your needs without being oversized or undersized.

Energy Efficiency

Evaluate the energy efficiency ratings of different water heater models. Look for Energy Star-certified units to save on energy costs in the long run.


Set a budget for the installation process, including the cost of the water heater, additional materials, and professional services if required.

Tools and Materials Required

To install a water heater, you will need the following tools and materials:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pipe wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pipe cutter
  • Teflon tape
  • Copper pipes
  • Gas pipe fittings (if applicable)
  • Venting system components (if applicable)
  • Safety gloves and goggles

Step-by-Step Water Heater Installation Guide

Follow these steps to install a water heater:

Step 1: Turn off Utilities

Before starting the installation, turn off the electricity or gas supply and shut off the water flow to the existing water heater.

Step 2: Drain the Existing Water Heater

Connect a hose to the drain valve of the old water heater and empty the tank by opening the valve. Allow the water to flow out completely.

Step 3: Disconnect the Plumbing and Electrical Connections

Using appropriate tools, disconnect the plumbing connections and electrical wiring from the old water heater. Ensure all connections are safely detached.

Step 4: Remove the Old Water Heater

Carefully remove the old water heater from its location. It may require assistance due to its weight and size. Dispose of it following local regulations.

Step 5: Prepare the Installation Area

Clean the installation area and ensure it is free from any debris or obstructions. Take measurements to ensure the new water heater will fit properly.

Step 6: Install the New Water Heater

Place the new water heater in the designated area. Connect the plumbing and electrical connections according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use Teflon tape to secure pipe fittings and prevent leaks.

Step 7: Fill the Tank and Check for Leaks

Turn on the water supply and fill the tank. Inspect all connections for leaks. Tighten any loose fittings if necessary. Ensure proper water flow and pressure.

Step 8: Test the Water Heater

Turn on the electricity or gas supply, depending on the type of water heater. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to start the heating process. Monitor the water heater for any irregularities or malfunctions.

Safety Precautions

When installing a water heater, it is essential to prioritize safety. Keep the following precautions in mind:

  • Turn off the utilities before starting the installation.
  • Use appropriate safety gear, such as gloves and goggles, to protect yourself during the process.
  • Ensure proper ventilation for gas water heaters to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide.
  • If you’re not confident in your skills, consider hiring a professional for the installation.


Common Issues and Troubleshooting

Sometimes, water heaters may encounter issues. Here are a few common problems and their potential solutions:

No hot water: Check the power supply, thermostat settings, or heating elements, depending on the type of water heater.

Water leaks: Inspect all connections for leaks and tighten fittings. Replace damaged components if necessary.

Strange noises: Sediment buildup in the tank may cause noises. Flush the tank periodically to remove sediment.

Maintenance Tips for Optimal Performance

To ensure your water heater’s optimal performance and longevity, consider the following maintenance tips:

  • Flush the tank annually to remove sediment buildup.
  • Inspect the pressure relief valve regularly and replace it if it’s faulty.
  • Check for signs of corrosion or rust and address them promptly.
  • Adjust the temperature settings to conserve energy and prevent scalding.


Benefits of Professional Installation

While some individuals may opt for a DIY water heater installation, there are advantages to hiring a professional:

Expertise: Professionals have the knowledge and experience to handle installations efficiently and effectively.

Safety: Professionals ensure that all safety protocols are followed during the installation process.

Warranty: Professional installations often come with warranties, providing additional peace of mind.

Everything You Will Ever Want to Know About Water Heater Installation

Frequently Asked Questions

While it may seem tempting to continue using an old water heater, replacing it can prevent potential issues such as leaks, inefficiency, and unexpected breakdowns.

The duration of the replacement process depends on various factors, including the complexity of the installation and any additional modifications required. On average, it can take a few hours to complete.

It is highly recommended to hire professional technicians for water heater installation to ensure proper installation, compliance with codes, and warranty coverage.

The average lifespan of a water heater is around 8 to 12 years. However, proper maintenance and regular inspections can help extend its lifespan.

Tankless water heaters can provide long-term savings on energy bills and have a longer lifespan than storage tank models. However, they have a higher upfront cost. It’s important to weigh the potential savings against the initial investment to determine if a tankless water heater is right for you.

Bradford White water heaters are not available in the typical big box home stores. They can only be purchased through a plumbing professional. Why? Because Bradford White is committed to professional specification and installation to ensure your water heater is the right one for your needs and is properly and safely installed per our requirements and to local codes. The result is years of safe and trouble-free performance. Bradford White Water Heaters are also proudly made in America, compared to most other tank water heaters being manufactured in Mexico. Also, Bradford White Water Heater Tanks come with Hydrojet® Total Performance System reduces sediment buildup in the tank to maintain performance and prolong water heater life. Vitraglas® Tank Lining with Microban® – our unique formula protects the tank from harmful corrosion and uses antimicrobial technology to help extend the life of the water heater.

Bradford White’s water heater manufacturing facility is located in the heart of America, in Middleville, Michigan. We proudly support the American workforce and manufacturing that make our products Built to be the Best®. It’s a big part of why Bradford White is American Strong.

Vitraglas® is an exclusive enamel tank lining that provides unsurpassed protection from the corrosive effects of water. Microban® antimicrobial technology provides additional product protection by helping to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface of the tank lining. The enamel tank lining and protective features are effective for the lifetime of our reliable water heaters. Vitraglas® tank lining with Microban® is uniquely formulated and applied to the water heater tank, head, base, and flue tube, and is then bonded to the steel surface by firing at a temperature of over 1600°F. An automatic spray application system maintains consistent thickness to produce a superior, durable, corrosion-resistant, and long-lasting tank lining. The unique compound structure allows the lining to expand and contract with the steel tank. Bradford White created Vitraglas® and effectively set the standard for glass-lining protection. Since then, we’ve added key features like Microban® antimicrobial technology and improved the application of this exclusive formula to create the perfect tank lining. Today it’s included as standard equipment on nearly all Bradford White tank water heaters.

Although the Bradford White Water Heaters come with their Hydrojet Total Performance System to limit the effects of sediment from building up on the bottom of the water heater, it is still a good idea to periodically flush the water heater. Flushing the water heater will remove and reduce a large amount of sediment before it has a chance to layer on the bottom of the water heater and become more difficult to remove as the years go by. The Bradford White Hydrojet® Total Performance System is a cold-water delivery tube that reduces sediment buildup and thoroughly mixes incoming water with stored water to reduce thermal stratification. The secret is a series of flow-altering “jet ports” that create counter-rotation and dynamic turbulence that effectively blasts suspension and prevents its accumulation. The upper “jet ports” direct the flow outward to begin the dynamic mixing action. The lower “jet ports” direct the flow inward to increase pressure and turbulence. Sediment buildup is the main killer of water heater life. But Bradford White’s Hydrojet® system reduces sediment to lengthen the life of the water heater, improve first hour rating, provide more hot water for the money, improve overall operating efficiency, and deliver more hot water faster than other water heaters. The Hydrojet® Total Performance System is an innovation that separates Bradford White from the competition. Hydrojet® is unequaled in its effectiveness. And, it’s standard equipment on all Bradford White top connect residential water heaters.

Both A.O. Smith and Rheem have made helpful bulletins outlining what steps should be taken if your home has a water softener unit providing softened water to your water heater. ( (

Common maintenance items for a tank water heater include flushing sediment, testing and replacing the pressure relief valve, and inspecting and replacing the anode rod.
How long do tank type water heaters last? Tank type water heaters usually have a life expectancy between 10-15 years. (

It is possible to install a recirculating pump at the top of the water heater to allow hot water to travel through the plumbing pipes at certain intervals to minimize the waiting time to receive hot water.


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$1,749 Average Water Heater Replacement Price

a) Price includes 5% discount when paid with cash or check
b) Does not include repairing any potential code/safety hazards or permits required by some local city municipalities (if applicable)
c) Flat Rate Price includes new copper Press-Style water connections or flexible copper supply lines, pan, flexible gas supply line and sediment trap, haul away of old water heater, and taxes.
d) Warranty: 2 year warranty on labor against manufacturer defects, 6 year warranty on manufacturer parts and tank
e) Water Heater Location must be within reasonable access in attic; difficult access conditions that can potentially affect price include examples such as being placed directly behind air conditioner unit or locations without accessible walkway to water heater.
f) Due to their large size and incompatibility with being able to fit through many traditional attic doors, 50 gallon SHORT water heaters may be a different price.