When you need to replace a furnace or a water heater, it seems to take forever, does it not? Wish you could speed the process up a bit? Actually, you can. Here are four things you can do to speed up your water heater installation.
Measure the Water Heater Itself
The HVAC technician can be prepared ahead of time if he/she knows exactly how big your water heater needs to be. There is not a one-size-fits-all water heater either. There are four different body sizes for water heaters; short and fat, tall and fat, short and skinny, and tall and skinny. Measure both the height and the circumference of the water heater. Then give these measurements to the technician over the phone.
Check the Gallon Size Information
The technician also needs the number of gallons that your current water heater produces and holds. This information should be on the middle or bottom of the water heater, on a label, or painted onto the water heater itself. If you feel that you need more water in your home than what your current water heater can produce, you will first have to give the current gallon amount and then the estimated gallon needs of your household.
Report the Type of Water Heater: Gas, Electric, or Propane
Water heaters operate on gas, electric, and less commonly, propane. Without this information, the technician may bring you the wrong water heater and then charge you for the travel time and gas it takes to take the wrong water heater back and get the correct one. If it is electric, it will be obvious because the water heater will have plenty of electrical wiring exiting the top or side of the unit. It will also have its own switch in the fuse box.
If it is gas or propane, this is a little trickier. Both will have pilot lights that need to remain lit. If you wait to hear the water heater turn on, smell the air around it. Light whiffs of rotten egg smell means it is a gas heater. No scent means it is propane.
Clear the Way to the Water Heater
The technician will need to remove your old water heater, which is always extremely heavy because it still has water inside. Clear the path to the water heater so that it is easier to remove. This also makes it easier to roll the new water heater inside and install it.