How to Install an Electronic Water Timer

What You'll Need
Water Heater Timer
1 Inch Screws
Wire Cutters
Wire strippers

An electronic water timer can be installed in a very easy way without any help required from a professional. By following a few basic steps mentioned below, any individual can install an electronic water timer.

Step 1: Switching off Power supply

The first basic step before performing this process is to remove the electric power supply which is supplying the water heater. This can be done by just turning off the circuit breaker or by removing the fuses from the power feeder circuit. Make sure that the power supply is always off while working on the installation.

Step 2: Attachment

With the help of a screwdriver and one inch screws, attach the electric water timer to the wall. This will also include a set of drywall anchors, provided by the timer’s manufacturer. Then just follow the instructions for the mounting of the timer. Every device has its own instructions.

Step 3: Power Wires

The next step would be to cut the power wires, which leads to the hot water heater. Make sure that you are able to hold the cable up right to the timer so that the cable is in its right position.  There should be enough wire to connect in the timer housing. 

Step 4: Pocketknife

Get hold of a pocketknife and strip the outer covering of the cable to 3 or 4 inches, leading in showing the black and white copper wire.

Step 5: Stripping

Once the outer cover is stripped, then the only work required to do is to strip the ends of the black and white copper wire so that it exposes the one inch copper wire.

Step 6: Connection of Wire

The next step is to attach the wire to the time controller. These wires would be the one coming from the circuit box. Then, the second set of wires will need to be attached to the screw terminal, which will be going to the electric hot water heater. Then, just the connection of the copper wire to the green grounding screw on the device needs to be done. Both the copper wires need to be attached to the screw terminal.

Step 8: Power on

Apply the power on to the water circuit.

Step 9: Setting Time

Then, the last thing required to do is to use the “home time” and “away from home” schedule, involving setting the connect time and date. Most of the timers will help in allowing to program almost every day of the week, but there are some models which will possess a number of different other features as well.

Therefore, before installing the water electric timer, make sure that comparison is done among all the available makes and models of these devices in the market to find the best one. Also, by following the steps mentioned above and performing the whole process at home, it will help you save some money.