Installing a new water heater is easy to do, but it does require some basic tools and equipment. You should make sure that you have all of the necessary tools before beginning the process so that you will not waste your time or money. Having said that, most homeowners will probably never have to use all of the tools and equipment necessary to successfully install a new water heater. If you are unsure about whether or not you will ever need certain tools, then it is a good idea to get them only if you are absolutely certain that you will be using them. 

One of the most important things that you should remember when installing a new heater is that the tank must be installed in an area where water and electricity can both come in direct contact with each other. If you choose a location in your home where the plumbing of the house is located that is close to the electrical panel, then you may not have an option to place the heater somewhere else. The simple reason is that a faulty heater can be very dangerous, especially if water gets into it. In this case, it may be safer to simply hire a professional to make sure that your new appliance is installed properly. 

If you are not handy go online to sites like and you can find professionals to hire that can help you install your new water heater. It is better to acquire help than to try something on your own only to cost you more time and money. If you are willing to do this type of labor then read along for some additional information. 

The first tip to use when installing a new water heater is to make sure that your home is ready to be heated by a new heater. Many people make the mistake of thinking that just because they have bought a hot water heating system that it can be turned on immediately. The fact of the matter is that in order to start heating the water in your home, you will have to either connect the water source to the main line, or you will need to wait until the water has been brought to a boil. If you wait too long, the system may not be fully operational and you could end up with a dangerous situation. 

It is also a good idea to take an old thermostat for you that has been sitting around since the 1950s. This thermostat will actually shut down your hot water supply instead of warming it up automatically as it should. Take a few moments to reset the thermostat back to its original position. Make sure that you do not burn yourself while doing so. 

Once you have successfully reset the thermostat, you will need to remove the tank that you have placed the water heater in. This tank is where all of the hot water will be stored. Make sure that the tank is not on any flammable material. In fact, it would probably be a good idea to put this tank in a secure location where there are no other hazards present. In addition, you might want to get a fire extinguisher for this task. 

You will next need to locate the drain to the pipe that you will connect the new tank to. At this point, you will need to fill the tank with water and make sure that it drains correctly. Many times, this process will require you to buy a new drain. To save money, you can also use some of the water that you are currently putting into the water heater. 

Finally, you need to attach the tank to the existing plumbing. Many people choose to place the new one on top of the old one. However, if you have chosen this option, you will need to make sure that you are not leaking. In order to help with this problem, you will need some type of plate or a cover over the tank. 

Now, before you close the breaker box, you will also need to turn off the electricity that is running to the house. This is an important step, because if you do not do so, you will risk electrocution when using the water heater. Once all of these things are completed, you can

safely close the box and install the new water heater. Of course, if you did not want to purchase a new one, you can always just replace the old one with a tankless model. This will provide you with the same heat that you had before, without all of the hassle and costs.