If you are in need of a new water heater and you also want to install a water softener, you might be wondering how to get these two appliances to work together. Plumbing services provided by an HVAC contractor can help. Here is how an HVAC contractor can get these two items installed and working together as a unit.
Setting up the Position of the Water Heater and the Water Softener
Whenever possible, your contractor will attempt to place the water heater and water softener close to each other. This reduces the distance between these two appliances so that the softened water that heads into the water heater does not have far to travel, and therefore will not require as much energy. This also makes all of the plumbing hookups and welding easier to complete because these steps can be completed in tandem (i.e., the welding for the water softener and the welding for the water heater can be done at the same time to avoid breaking out the same tool to weld both appliances separately).
Installing the Connecting Plumbing
There is plumbing that runs between these two appliances and runs away from the water heater into the house and away from the water softener to the water heater and the main water line into your home. These pipes may be plastic polymers or metal, the majority of which are usually metal and connect to the main water line and to the water heater itself. The HVAC contractor will affix these pipes accordingly and apply a seal around the pipes' threads to keep them from leaking or coming apart. If your water heater is also fueled by gas or propane, then the contractor will connect the pipes that deliver the fuel to the water heater as well.
Connecting Electrical Wiring
Finally, an HVAC contractor will connect all of the electrical wiring needed to power the water softener. If your new water heater is also electrical, then the wiring for this appliance will be run along the ceiling of your basement and connect to the electrical box. As a final touch, the contractor may wrap insulation around all of the pipes and protect the wiring with fireproof/waterproof casings so that everything is protected against its opposing element (e.g., electrical wires are protected against dampness and water, pipes are protected against freezing temperatures in the event that the winter cold gets into the pipes). Contact a business, such as Bowman's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., for more information.