Ever taken a shower with the water heater off? Was it enjoyable? Most likely not.

You must know how to switch on a water heater whether it is a new installation or you are moving into a house that has been abandoned for a while.

Because it will take hours for the hot water to warm up, you should begin this job well in advance of when you will need it.

Any inexperienced do-it-yourselfer may do this job with ease.

You are not need to be an expert.

Simply adhere to the simple instructions provided in this article.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Getting Going

We must first identify the kind of water heater you are using before proceeding.

The installation process for an electric unit will vary significantly from one powered by gas.

The kind of water heater—a tankless or one with a storage tank—must also be taken into account.

How to Turn on a Water Heater, Electric

The most crucial thing to keep in mind is that a heating element might suffer irreparable harm if it is not immersed in water, thus you must make sure the tank is full.

Open a hot water faucet on a fixture close to the water heater to do this.

The tank is full if a continuous trickle is visible.

If it is hissing and spitting, add extra water to the tank.

Make sure the water intake valve is open by checking.

You’re prepared to switch on the water heater now that the tank is full:

  1. Flip the matching circuit to on at the breaker.
  2. Wait (it will take hours to heat up).
  3. The default setting on your water heater can be 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which is what we advise. Check your user’s guide to see if there is a knob that has to be turned to 120, high, or hot (it could be hidden behind a cover plate).

How a Gas Water Heater Works

This procedure is a bit more complicated, so we wrote a whole post about it.

The pilot must be lit once the tank has been filled with water.

For further information, please see how to ignite a water heater pilot, however these are the fundamental steps:

  1. Close the gas valve.
  2. To turn on the pilot light
  3. Find the burner
  4. Get ready to activate pilot mode
  5. Turn on the pilot.
  6. Holding the gas button when in pilot mode
  7. Activate the gas

Check out this ehowhome video as well.

What Concerns Tankless?

Electric or gas on-demand water heaters are simple to switch on.

Before you begin, you should shut the gas valve if it is gas.

Open the gas valve after flipping the circuit and adjusting the temperature.

Simply switch the circuit, turn it on, and set the temperature to 120 if it’s electric.

There is never a delay in either situation.

Hot water should be available right away.

Security First

Always bear in mind that dealing with gas and electricity has some inherent danger.

Always turn off the electricity before working on a water heater’s electrical system, and take care not to accidentally leave the gas valves open.

By selecting trusted brands like Bradford White, you can improve safety.

How To Turn On Tankless Water Heater Videos Suggestions From Youtube

Tankless Water Heater 3 Things to Know – Matt Risinger
How Tankless Water Heaters Work – Bailey Line Road
Tankless Water Heater Basics – Build With Propane

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Written by Bob Matsuoka
Bob Matsuoka is a blogger and founder of RVing Beginner blog. He has been blogging for over five years, writing about his own family’s RV adventures, tips for people who are interested in buying an RV or taking their family on an adventure by RV.