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Many DIY enthusiasts wonder how to install an electric water heater by themselves, but the most valuable tip is: don't do that! Call a professional and trust them this task to avoid serious damage to your safety, your house, and your pocket.

This comprehensive guide aims to give you a notion of what steps are usually taken by contractors when they get an electric water heater installed – for you to make an informed decision when you need to hire one.

Can You Install An Electric Water Heater On Your Own?

Yes, you can install an electric water heater on your own, but should you do it? No! Even the most hardcore DIYers simply do not have the skills and tools to do it correctly. Plus, when talking about electricity + water, there are not enough safety measures. 

The many possible mistakes can damage your health and cause the common heating problems you are already familiar with. They may not be evident in the beginning, but the real damage can come up after weeks or months, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

How To Install An Electric Water Heater Step-By-Step

The basic steps of a professional electric water heater installation service are the ones that follow. Take your notes!

  1. Turn off the power and water
  2. Drain, disconnect, and remove the old water heater
  3. Prepare the installation spot
  4. Install the temperature and pressure relief valve (TPR valve)
  5. Position the new water heater
  6. Connect the water pipes and the electrical wiring
  7. Fill the tank
  8. Check for leaks
  9. Turn on power
  10. Bleed air from the system
  11. Verify proper operation

Remember: Even if you know all the ins and outs of heating and cooling your home, if you are unsure about any step, consult a professional to ensure the installation is done correctly and safely.

And How To Install A Tankless Electric Water Heater?

Installing a tankless electric water heater involves selecting a wall near the electrical panel for mounting, ensuring proper ventilation, and adding venting as required by the manufacturer.
Connect the unit directly to the water supply with fittings for the cold water inlet and hot water outlet. Follow specific wiring instructions provided by the manufacturer to connect the unit to the electrical panel. 

Turn on the water supply and power, adjust the temperature, check for leaks, and verify operation by opening a hot water tap.

How Much To Install A Water Heater Electric?

The installation cost for an electric water heater in the United States typically ranges from $ 500 to $ 3,000. The prices vary according to your location, the type and size of the water heater, and whether any additional modifications or upgrades are needed.

To pay what is worth and guarantee safety and efficiency, Wisercosts' heating team – no matter what kind of water heater you want at home!