How to Wire a Replacement Water Heater
Mark in Idaho asks: How do I wire a new water heater when the wiring is differently than the old water heater?
Wiring a Water Heater
Electrical Question: How do I wire a new water heater when the wiring is differently than the old water heater?
The existing water heater is wired with 4 wires.the one I am replacing it with only has three wires can you still wire it so it works
This electrical wiring question came from Mark, a Homeowner in Payette, Idaho.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mark.
Wiring a Replacement Water Heater
Application: How to Wire a Replacement Water Heater.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Licensed Plumbing Contractor.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Water Heater, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Water Heater should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Payette, Idaho. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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Reviewing the Electrical Question:
- The existing water heater is wired with 4 wires. The one I am replacing it with only has three wires, can you still wire it so it works?
- Mark, from the information you have provided, it is important to make sure the voltage and amperage of the existing water heater circuit matches the electrical specifications of the new water heater.
- You may discover that there is an additional white neutral wire that is not required for the new water heater, however this too should be verified.
- When the electrical circuit has been checked and verified to meet the specifications of the new water heater, the wiring connections can be made correctly for the line wire connections and the ground connection.
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