Plumbing Tips: 3 Water Heater Solutions that Address Common Installation Issues
If you’re hired to do a water heater installation, there are no trophies for showing up. You’re expected to get the job done quickly and efficiently, with no callbacks. You also have to easily maneuver in tight workspaces, ensure the safety and durability of the products you’re installing and make sure the equipment is secured when the job is complete.
RWC, SharkBite’s parent company, offers a full family of brands to support water heater installs through brands like HoldRite, SharkBite, Cash Acme and John Guest. Our water heater solutions are proven and designed to help you work more productively. Products are tested, field-proven, and code approved. Best of all, they work together as a complete system, so you can get the water heater installation supplies you need — all from one manufacturer you trust.
Here are a few water heater solutions that can help you finish the job quickly, with professional quality that leaves your customers happy and you proud of your craftsmanship.
Tank Booster Thermostatic Mixing Valve
Another common issue for most homes: The household needs or wants more hot water.
The Cash Acme Tank Booster is a thermostatic mixing valve that provides the household with longer-lasting hot water. The water heater accessory can be quickly attached to electric or gas water heaters and is ideal for situations in which more hot water is needed but space isn’t available for a larger water heater, or the cost of a new unit is prohibitive.
Read More: Keep Water Hot Longer with a Tank Booster
Water Heater Stands and Platforms
When you’re ready to secure your installed water heater, RWC’s HoldRite product line offers a complete water heater support system, from stands and platforms to expansion tank supports, restraints and drain pans. They’re all designed to help secure the unit and protect your property against water leaks.
Seismic Water Heater Restraints
Securing a water heater is especially important if you’re installing in an area of the country where seismic activity is common, like parts of California. Often, in these regions, local building codes require stabilizing equipment for water heaters. This helps to reduce the chance of the water heater tipping over, which could lead to water or fire damage during an earthquake.
HoldRite water heater support systems are compliant with all code requirements, including UPC 508.2 (Seismic Restraints), UPC 508.4 (Pans), UPC 508.14 (Stands) and UPC 508.27 (Sheds).
Flexible Water Heater Hoses
One issue that many water heater installers face is having to work in tight or difficult-to-access areas. SharkBite water heater hoses are designed to give you the flexibility to complete your installation smoothly, regardless of how much space you have to work in. Benefits include:
- Ability to connect a water heater with existing pipes that don’t line up, without having to make new joints.
- Compatibility with various types of pipe, including PEX, copper, CPVC, PE-RT from the same fitting ends.
- Flexible connectors can rotate after installation, which makes working in cramped spaces even easier.
Since SharkBite fittings require no special tools, soldering or glue, you can stay focused on what matters: a clean and leak-free connection.