Geyser Installation: A Guide on the Key Steps to Take

by | Aug 3, 2020 | Geyser Installations | 0 comments

A burst geyser can put you in a bind. However, you can survive the ordeal with a few helpful tips. Your geyser is one of the most important appliances in your home. Accordingly, you need to know if there’s a problem with your geyser.

It’s helpful if you also learn about geyser installation should the need arise. Fortunately, you can prepare for a geyser failure with a little research.

It’s never a good time for your geyser to fail. Nevertheless, a geyser bust isn’t as bad as it sounds. Usually, you can continue to use it after the event. However, it’s a good idea to repair it as soon as possible to ensure that it keeps working and you don’t void your insurance.

To learn about the key steps for geyser installation, read on.

When Things Go Wrong

Before you set out to replace your geyser, you may want to do some investigation. If there’s no hot water, for instance, check to see that the circuit breaker is on. Also, make sure that the isolator switch on the geyser is on.

You may also want to check local switching times. The ripple relay may cause your electric water heater to turn off.

You can also check to see whether you have a load shedding relay. If so, it may have turned off your geyser.

Next, check to see if your geyser is getting water. If, for instance, there’s a shutdown, water won’t enter your geyser.

Alternatively, you may see water dripping from the expansion relief. If that’s the case, try to check the volume of water.

When the water gets hot, it should expand by about 10% every day. If it expands more than 10%, check to see if your house has balance pressure.

Tap mixers and appliances use hot and cold water simultaneously. If your home does not have balanced pressure, the cold water in these appliances can force the hot water back into the line.

If this happens, the expansion relief valve will start to flow. In this case, you need to release the excess water and replace any damaged parts.

If none of these issues helps you get to the root of the problem, it’s probably a thermostat or the element. In this case, you need to have a plumber examine your geyser system.

Know the Signs of Geyser Trouble

You must understand when your geyser is damaged, as opposed to a problem with the city’s water supply. Begin with a standard check.

First, make sure that all the connections to the geyser are secure. Next, make sure that the safety valve pipes to the exterior.

Now check the seams at the front of the rear the geyser. Look for any signs of moisture or dampness. If you see condensation, it may indicate a leak.

Also, check for moisture or dampness on pipe connections. You must also check the valves in the area under the geyser.

If you have an older geyser, it may not have a drip tray. A drip tray catches water in small leaks under the geyser.

The drip tray also protects the ceiling of your home. Make sure the drip tray is present as well as if the drainpipe runs off the roof.

New Geyser Installation for Homeowners and Businesses

You can save on costs when installing a new geyser by doing it yourself. However, if you don’t know how to do it right, the project may end up costing you more in the long run.

Today, most geysers mount horizontally. These units typically hold 100 to 200 litres.

Some older homes still have low-pressure Latco systems. The parts of the old low-pressure system are not interchangeable with a new high-pressure geyser.

If your old model geyser has reached the end of its lifecycle, you need to replace it completely. When installing a geyser, you’ll need to use a high-pressure geyser and arrange it according to current specifications.

There are a few prime aspects you should focus on when figuring out how to connect a geyser.

A geyser diagram can help you recognize the main parts of the system. You may also want to review a geyser pressure valve diagram.

Today’s geyser systems have vacuum breakers that stop the water from siphoning out of the geyser if the cold water shuts off. They also have a shutoff valve.

After the shutoff valve, new high-pressure geysers incorporate a pressure control valve. The pressure rating of the valve must match the pressure rating on the geyser. You must have this valve on your high-pressure geyser.

You must also have an electrical isolator switch. You must install the switch within one meter of the geyser.

Geysers also have supports under the feet. It supports the weight of the geyser on the roof trusses.

Choosing the Right Plumber

Now you know how to install a geyser. However, it’s often a good idea to hire a professional plumber for geyser installation.

There’s a seemingly endless sea of plumbers in South Africa. With so many people calling themselves plumbers, it’s hard to know who to trust. Nevertheless, it’s best if you chose a plumbing professional that does top-notch work.

The best way to find a plumber is to ask around. Ask friends and family members plumbers who’ve done a good job of helping them in the past.

Also, look at online reviews. Online reviews from previous customers can give you an idea of the quality of the work of a potential plumber.

Trust Us for Geyser Repair and Replacement

Savvy Plumbing has served Gauteng home and business owners for nearly a decade. It’s our pleasure to extend a warranty for all work that we do in your home. Whether you need a geyser installation or have a plumbing emergency, you can count on us for a job well done.

We understand how important your geyser is for the proper functioning of your home. Some plumbing issues can prove quite challenging. Nevertheless, we’ve helped every one of our customers reach a satisfactory solution.

Contact us today to experience the benefits of competent, expert service for your home or business.