Hot Water Heater Install

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Old 03-12-16, 05:17 AM
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Hot Water Heater Install

So I will be installing a new hot water heater tomorrow and I had a couple questions.

1. Should I buy a new expansion tank to go with the new Heater?

2. Should I add a cold water shutoff valve before the expansion tank.

3. I want to use stainless-steel hoses to connect to the heater instead, would you recommend that?

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Old 03-12-16, 05:40 AM
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1. Should I buy a new expansion tank to go with the new Heater?
Only if its bad.. If its still good just make sure to check the air charge in it when the water heater is being replaced.. Add air if neccesary..

The air charge should equal the static pressure of the homes water supply..


2. Should I add a cold water shutoff valve before the expansion tank.
No.. There should be no means to isolate the expansion tank from the water heater per code... But adding a valve to the hot side may be beneficial...


3. I want to use stainless-steel hoses to connect to the heater instead, would you recommend that?
No.. They are only rubber hoses with SS braiding around them. Copper rigid pipe is far superior..
 
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Old 03-12-16, 05:54 AM
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I meant a shutoff valve right as the copper pipe comes out of the wall on the incoming cold water before it hits the expansion tank.
 
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Old 03-12-16, 06:14 AM
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I meant a shutoff valve right as the copper pipe comes out of the wall on the incoming cold water before it hits the expansion tank.
There is a shutoff there already coming out of the wall from what I can see..

If you mean replace it with a new one, no.. Unless its an old style valve it would be replaced by a ball valve...
 
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Is an expansion tank necessary on an electric hot water heater? Mine was installed without one and no problems for 20yrs.....
 
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Old 03-12-16, 08:09 PM
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Is an expansion tank necessary on an electric hot water heater? Mine was installed without one and no problems for 20yrs.....

installed if there is a prv installed on the main... This makes the system a closed system...
 
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