Installing A New Electric Water Heater - Part 3 Filling the new heater, placing it in service.

and we'll verify the drinking shot and

of course electrical is not connected

yet we want to do a fill on this first

we don't want to want to make sure all

of our plumbing is okay okay I already

have the faucets upstairs opened up and

I'm very slowly gonna open up this


okay here filling and all although I do

have the faucets opened up go ahead and

open up that valve and that will help

vent the vent the air out

there we go she's open all the way it's

going to take a little bit for this

thing to fill one nifty thing is this

new water softener has a capacity

indicator so I think after regeneration

you have like 850 gallons so you can see

that you can see how much we're putting

in that water here it's kind of a kind

of a good gauge solve an idea and we get

close I think we started at 760 so we

get down to 7 tunnel I'll know that

we're close to getting this thing filled

up I also have a flow rate on here

flowing about 10 gallons a minute well

pump kicked on seems to be keeping up

the pressure seems good ok once I

started getting water out of the

pressure temperature and pressure relief

valve I went ahead and dialed back on

the water going into the heater

I have faucets opened up here in the

basement and the first floor and the

second floor is the hot water coming out

right now since there's no bubbles

coming out at this moment or there's no

air coming out I'm going to go ahead and

shut this and it's going to work the air

up going all the way to the second floor

okay now I'm at the kitchen faucet now I

know that's a little water pressure but

that's because it's just cuz I don't

have the valve cracked open all the way

yeah I'm on the second floor no stairs

what all the system here

okay got all the air blood all the lines

you don't hear any hissing on this valve

so that means the pressure is equalized

on both sides of it go ahead and open

that up both on both sides looking at

the fittings here this one looks good

yeah it's a little tricky here on the

water here because I had some water

dripped down in there so that's damp but

I don't I'm gonna have to let that dry

and keep it on it but I believe we're

okay this union here now that's a leak

or just common station line just give

that a little tighten that just a hair

okay I went ahead and removed I remove

this plate which has two screws on it

and what this is for it's a smart grid

or home automation connector and

basically in summer is be it charged

different rates for your lectures

electricity depending on what time you

use it and under periods of high demand

you can shut this water heater off

remotely I believe but we don't have

that here so that's not going to be

connected so I took out these two 3/4

inch screws I got my my romex going into

the water here got my ground hooked up

and since this this water heater has a

microprocessor on it there's a a total

of two red wires and two black wires I

believe one powers the elements and one

power is the microprocessor something

ahead and put this cover back on okay so

I'm going to go ahead and power up the

water heater this this has dry fire

prevention technology if you put power

to a electric water heater and there's

no water in it

we'll blow the elements or element or

elements out believe it just be one

element now I verified we have water in

this water here I've purged all the air

from the system I've checked these

connections no leaks now I'm going to

put this foam insulation back on but

that's not going to happen right now

this is a little damp around here

because I've dribbled some water down in

there but I al and I don't see any leaks

so but I will keep an eye on that over

the next few days just to make sure

we're good okay i double-checked

everything I'm going to go ahead and

power on the water heater now this I

want to say it goes through a series of

self checks and what I want to do let's

see it's 120 degrees we'll leave it at

that for now these buttons here they're

they're like a capacitive locks on it's

a capacitive type button so you don't

actually push you just put your finger

on it so I switched it over to standard

mode for now the energy smart mode will

follow your water to use its petwalk

water usage patterns and say you know

you don't use water at night it'll let

the water get cooler to minimize your

standby losses and I want to believe I

believe the elements having kicked on


oops I believe they say it takes 8

minutes it runs a series of self checks

see how see how that element lights

click it on it's running a series of

self checks and I believe it's 8 minutes

till turns itself on

well set at 120 degrees the element is

on and it's on its way to making hot

water so far so good I'm going to put on

the energy smart energy smart option

might as well save what we can and I bet

a lot of people thought neglected this

put an extension on the temperature and

pressure valve goes down to the floor

it's not required to go into a floor

drain here there is a floor drain in the

basement I usually want to do test them

I put a little bucket under there just

let it go on the floor I mean caramel


I mean really that's not going to hurt

anything so another reason I wanted to

put this puppy up on blocks and I think

it has to be about six inches from the

floor that's a hair high but left two

houses we had this was a plastic far as

I can tell it's supposed you're supposed

to have a pipe on here that can handle

like 250 degrees so I just went ahead

and put copper on there it's pretty

expensive just sort of fitting on there

and I've seen them plumbed into drains

before the drains quite a ways away I

just I don't see the point in that

really someone get it go ahead and roll

with that

um the other option that I had

installing this and maybe I should have

done it this way maybe I shouldn't have

is uh I could have started on some male

three-quarter inch threaded fittings and

I could I actually bought everything to

do it this way but I bought the hoses

they were too short and I didn't feel

like running back to the store so I just

plumbed it and solid I don't know if

there's an advantage I mean these this

is stainless steel braided but I mean

eventually I would figure that would

fail or is the solid copper shouldn't

but I'm sure you know there's plenty of

ways to do it they all pretty much work

as long as it works that's all that


they also make nice little sharkbite

fittings built into the hose so you

slide the hose up over your pipe and you

screw it onto the water heater down here

and I mean galvanized and copper I

suppose there should be a dielectric

Union in there but you know the old one

lasted for thirty years and we'll see

what happens

that's the other way of doing it you

just screw that down on the water here

and then it's real easy if you already

have the the threaded fitting up here

but uh I just soldered it in solid I've

checked everything for leaks I had to

really crank down on this cold water

union here to get it to seal I had just

a very slow very slow accumulation of

water on the top it seems to be okay now

from what I can tell but man I really

had to crank down on that thing so I

don't know if I got a piece of junk in

there or what but that's uh that's where

she's at

I like this because you can you can set

the temperature you be very he could be

very exact with the temperature you may

wonder why in the heck would you want to

do that you just set it and forget it

well maybe it's my nature seem like I

always have to play with stuff but oh

say I'm gonna go hose out the garage

with hot water

i-i've cranked it up in the past I mean

it's just uh it's just nice to have that

now there is some redundancy built into

this if this module fails you just go

ahead and you disconnect this module and

there's just a standard thermostat

behind there I'm gonna look into that

and see how it works but you don't need

the digital controls you can even run it

like the old-fashioned thermostats if

need be well

the water's starting to get warm I'm

getting ready to take a shower and that

concludes the water heater installation

it has a thing this is a 12 year model

and I don't see how she does so far so