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Water Heaters Punta Gorda

Installing a new water heater is nothing new for local plumbers in the Punta Gorda Community. At JC Little Plumbing of Punta Gorda, we’ve installed countless hot water heaters, both electric and gas, tank and tankless. We’ve come up with a few tips you should be on the look out for throughout your water heater installation.

1. You won’t want to accept a water heater that has been laid on its side during transportation. Usually you can find this information on the box that the water heater comes in, but when it arrives your house, it’s not uncommon for it to arrive unboxed. If it gets bumped, even just a little, it can be ruined. Water heaters aren’t designed for sturdiness while on their side.

2. Make sure you’re using the right pipes. If they’re plastic,  they need to be Chlorinated PVC (CPVC), which is rated for hot water. Polyethylene (PE), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping is not.

3. Here’s a tip to make things easier on yourself in the future: Install the water heater in an aluminum pan 2-3″ wider than the base of the unit. Install the drain pipe so that it goes directly from the pan to the drain. If, at some point down the road, the water heater starts to go again, a gradual leak will just fill up the pan and go down the drain, instead of flooding your house.

4. If a new water inlet (outlet) leads is required, make sure that the water is always flowing down (up). In other words, make sure the lead length isn’t so long that you have to run the inlet pipe back up before you attach it to the water heater. If it’s too long, there is a reverse trapping effect.

5. Use Teflon® paste. Don’t be satisfied with Teflon tape, which will most likely seal the threads around the inlet and outlet, but Teflon paste is the better choice.

At JC Little Plumbing, we always follow standard plumbing recommendations and practices on all occasions. You can be sure that no shortcuts are taken when you choose JC Little as your plumber in Punta Gorda.