Water Heater Drain Pan Installation Water Heater Drain Pan Installation

A water heater drain pan works as a drip collection unit. It is placed under the water heater and is an extremely important safety feature. Installing a drain pan can be completed within an hour, just make sure to have all the materials ready and read on to find out more.

 Materials Required:

  • Wrench
  • Garden hose
  • PVC pipe
  • PVC cement

Step 1 – Supply

The first step in installing a water heater drain pan is to cut the electric supply to the water heater. If it works on gas make sure to turn off the gas supply as well.

Step 2 – Water

Shut off the water supply to the water heater. Locate the water pipe and turn it off.

Step 3 – Removing Other Attachments

The pipes attached to the heater have to be detached before removing the water heater drain pan. The attached pipes make it difficult to lift the heater. Earthquake straps that are connected to the heater have to be taken off.

Step 3 – Accumulated Water

You will have to drain the hot water that might be stored in the water heater. This water could be hot, so be careful while draining it out.

Step 4 – Garden Hose

You can drain the water by fitting the garden hose or any other pipe to the water heater drain's valve. The hot water will start flowing thorough the hose as soon as you open the valve.

Step 5 – An Extra Hand

Get someone to help you to lift the water heater. Lift the heater after all the water has been drained out

Step 6 – Placing the Pan

While lifting the water heater, simultaneously place the water heater drain pan under the heater. Do it with utmost caution and make sure the heater is elevated securely.

Step 7 – Back in Position

After placing the water heater drain pan, gently place the elevated heater back in position on the drain pan.

Step 8 – Locate the PVC

Look at the side of the water drain pan to locate the PVC fittings. This slot is provided to attach other fittings and pipes that will help dispose the water collected in the pan.

Step 9 – Attaching

Use good quality PVC cement to glue the fixtures like elbows and the couplings. Make sure that the placement of the fittings facilitates the flow of water to the outdoors.

Step 10 – Strap

A PVC strap will hold the pipe in place, so make sure to attach it. At the end of the pipe add an elbow fitting, so that it drops the water towards the ground.

Step 11 – Reattach

All the pipes that were removed have to be attached back to the water heater. Turn on the water and gas supply.

Step 12 – Test

Turn the heater on for a test run to ascertain the water drain pan has been installed properly.

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