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Answered Oct. 25 2018
I will be brief and to the Point. The Water Heater that I prefer is called Rheem as I was growing up when I started many other plumbers would say That The Rheem Brand was the best.
Anyways I usually just have installed Rheem because
1.) I have always liked that Brand. And that is the Brand of water heater at the Home Depot.
2.) Any time I have bought something from the Home Depot and had a problem or because of the GUARANTEE. I was just able to return or exchange, or get a credit based on the age of the water heater applied towards a new one.. etc.. Basically not a big Hassle when returning something.
Another type of water heater is called a Tankless Water Heater. A few years ago I did install several but not recently.
1.) The Reason being that the parts were expensive especially the venting.
2.) An when you needed a part they were not that easy to find. And you had to special order the parts.
But like I said when ever I had a problem. I could just go to the Home Depot and exchange for another, now I believe they will give you credit on the Water Heater if it’s still under warranty. they have 6 year warranty, 9 year warranty and 12 year warranty. And you can also purchase a two year warranty on top of that.
The Water Heater I usually get is the 40 Gallon Rheem, 9 Year Warranty since it’s only I think Like 50 or 60 bucks difference from the 6 year warranty water heater.
Another Food for thought since you didn’t mention if was a Gas or Electric?
I won’t go to the specifics of either other then saying. Basically check all of the connections with soap and water if it’s a gas Water Heater. If it’s a electric Water Heater. Just make sure you know how to make the Electrical connections correctly. Or call a professional.
Another thing in California you have to place Earth Quake Straps, an a Expansion Tank. And pull a permit for the water heater installation.
And another thing you might look at is to put a drip pan for if it leaks someday to protect the floor.
And I always double secure the venting with sheet metal screws yes even if it’s Double wall venting or B Vent.
Basic steps when installing:
1. Remove water connections. (Make sure main water shutoff is off.)
2. Drain Water Heater. ( A SNEAKY TRICK I USE IF IT"S in the garage is I will connect 2" abs piping to drain valve on the water heater. But first you must take off the drain valve.)
3. Install earthquake straps, install new gas valve if needed, install a NEW GAS FLEX, install drip pan, check to make sure the subflooring where the water heater is good if not replace. Install water shut-off, and M.I.P. Adapters.
4. Install water, install expansion tank. make connections. and connect earthquake STRAPS. REMEMBER TO CHECK GAS CONNECTIONS with soap and water.
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