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Old 05-01-03, 10:26 AM
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Question from gas to electric water heater

We have to switch from our gas water heater to an electric water heater- how do we go about doing this our selves?
 
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Old 05-01-03, 11:18 AM
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Yours is not a simple answer.

Hecticme:

You will likely need a licensed gasfitter to disconnect the gas heater both gas supply and chimney, and an electrician to connect the new one. Why an electrician is required is that he will have to make the determination as to whether your electrical service can handle the added load.
The plumbing you could likely do yourself if you are handy at soldering.
 
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Old 05-01-03, 11:53 AM
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well the gas supply is shut off.. there was a problem with our gas heater and we were switching in a few months any ways... we have no chimney. we were told that all we had to do was drain uninstall add a plug and hook up pipes and install the new one.. but we have no clue on how to do any of this really and are limited on finaces.
 
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Old 05-01-03, 12:03 PM
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Like gregH said what is code there for you, can you do it or not? Can a H/O work on the water heater there. How did the gas heater work there with no chimney??????????????? ED
 
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Old 05-02-03, 07:07 AM
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"... but we have no clue on how to do any of this really ..." Sounds like a RED FLAG to me.

If you have no clue on how to do this (or even do it right), it is STRONGLY suggested that you hire someone, or get a knowledge friend or relative to help you out here.

Tinkering with gas and electricity is not something that anyone should be doing unless they KNOW what they are doing. (I even suggest that skillered DIY'ers not even touch gas - the consequences of even the smallest error, no matter how unlikely, are just too horible to think about).

You DON'T want to do this wrong. It may cost you far more in the long run if it's not done correctly.
 
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Old 05-02-03, 10:16 AM
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Brewbeer is right.
We are only here to offer tips. We cannot turn someone into a handy person that already isn't.
The desire to only save money is not a quality that makes for a really sucessfull DIY'er. It does not take a built in handyperson instinct. You need the desire and time to research the basics of what you hope to accomplish and to enjoy doing it.

Since the gas is already disconnected you will have to get up to speed on the wiring aspect.
A hw tank does not plug in but needs to be wired in direct to an electrical panel.
If you have never soldered before you will have to buy the equipment and practice on something that will not flood your house if something goes wrong.

My suggestion is to hire someone to do this and then gain some knowlege and experience to do this stuff in the future.
 
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