How To: Install a Water Heater With SharkBite

Installing a water heater doesn’t have to be hard. Watch this How-To Video to learn how to do this job safely with SharkBite.

How To: Install a Water Heater Using SharkBite’s Water Heater Connectors Video Transcript:

Water heaters are one of the most important components for providing comfort in homes. However, very often, they are located in difficult to access confined spaces or tight closets. With SharkBite flexible water heater connectors, you are able to work in tight spaces, easily connect water heaters with existing pipes that don’t line up and have the versatility to connect the water heater to almost any pipe material. All SharkBite water heater connectors are approved for use on electric or gas water heaters with a flu vent.

SharkBite offers braided and corrugated flexible water heater connectors with and without ball valves. Connectors with ball valves provide a shut-off on the supply side of the water heater. Check your local plumbing codes to see if hard piping to your water heater is required. Stainless Steel Corrugated connectors can be used as an alternative to hard piping.

First, identify the pipe material. Measure the distance from the hot and cold supply lines to the water heater to choose the correct length connector. Cut the pipe as cleanly and squarely as possible. Be sure the pipe is free of scratches and debris. If you are handling copper pipe, remove any sharp edges or burrs on the pipe.

Next, use your SharkBite Depth & Deburr tool to measure and mark the insertion depth on your pipe. You can find the insertion depth chart here:

SharkBite Fittings Pipe Compatibility Pipe Insertion Depth Chart

SharkBite water heater connectors use a gasket to seal onto the water heater pipe nipples, so thread tape is not required. Hand tighten the female connector onto the pipe nipple and then give a quarter turn with a wrench, be sure not to overtighten. Push the fitting to the insertion mark you just made. Repeat on the hot water outlet side. Now, turn on your water and check the connections. If you notice water dripping from the pipe nipple connection use a wrench to further tighten.

Using SharkBite is Fast, Efficient, and Reliable.

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