Do It Yourself Guide to Install an Under Counter Water Heater

Under counter water heaters or more popularly called under sink water heaters are small home appliances that you will frequently find installed in kitchens or bathrooms. Similar to hot water dispensers, the under counter water heaters are meant for instant and point of service water heating to be used in homes or offices. To get the best benefits out of your under counter water heater, you must ensure that it is installed and used properly.

Now, how do you make sure that your water heater is installed in the best possible way? I know it’s not easy to ensure proper installation of water heaters unless you are an expert or you have strictly adhered to the installation guidelines. To simplify, let’s look at some of the best practices of installing under counter water heaters.

Fix a space

Before installing an under counter water heater, the first and foremost thing you need to do is to determine the place where you want it installed. The best place to mount the heater is near the fixture, which could be a place inside the kitchen cabinet, under the sink, or under the countertop.

To identify the right spot, ensure that it has all the necessary plumbing arrangements and a connection to water supply. The space should also be suitable enough for easy drainage, maintenance, and servicing. Also, make sure that there is a dedicated electricity supply outlet available near the installation space to connect the water heater to the power supply.

Be ready with your gadgets

Before installing the water heater, you must ensure that you have got all the necessary installation tools typically required for the installation process. To take a safe and easy route here, keep the instruction and installation manuals of the water heater within easy reach. You will find the instructions for using typical installation tools, such as screw drivers and adjustable wrench, in these manuals.

Plumber for a day

You must have all the necessary plumbing components like pipes, clamps, valves, and cables necessary for installing the water heater to the direct water supply near its mounting spot. So don on your plumber cap and let’s get started.

Convert manual into application

Strictly follow the installation steps one by one available in the installation guide of the under counter water heater. Following these steps conscientiously will ensure that you have installed the water heater in the correct manner. You must also make sure that the water heater has a T&P valve installed.

Testing time

After installing the water heater, the first thing that you need to do before you start using the heater is removal of any waste, debris, or air. For this, fill the heater to capacity with water and keep its faucet open for some time so that any debris or air is removed by the running water. Here, you must be very careful not to switch on the power supply of the water heater before filling it with water.

Installing under counter water heaters is easier then you think. All you need are the right tools and some spare time to browse the installation manual carefully. And what is more, you get to save on expensive plumbing bills.

Syed Afzal Hussain is a DIY freak and has installed most of his home appliances including the hot water dispenser and under counter water heater in his home. Next, he would love to explore power tools and learn how to make his own book shelves.

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