How to Install an Electronic Water Timer

A water heater.
  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50
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 - Switch off Power Supply

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 - Attach the Timer

With the help of a screwdriver and 1 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 - Cut Power Wires

Cut the power wires which lead 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 to the timer housing.

Step 4 - Use 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 - Strip Wire

Once the outer cover is stripped, strip the ends of the black and white copper wire so that it exposes the 1 inch copper wire.

Step 6 - Connect Wire

The next step is to attach the wire to the timer controller. These wires would be the ones 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 7 - Turn the Power on

Apply the power onto the water circuit.

Step 8 - Set Time

Use the “home time” and “away from home” schedule. Most of the timers will allow programming 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 a comparison is done among all the available makes and models of these devices in the market to find the best one.