Whether you want a tankless or traditional electric or gas heater, you need to check the safety features. Water heaters operate using high pressure and heat that can cause serious damage if out of control. There is also a risk of fire and electric shock. Therefore, safety features should be considered when installing a water heater. Fortunately, today's water heaters have the latest safety features to protect you from these risks. What safety features does a water heater installation need? 

 1. Temperature and Pressure Limit (T & P) 

This safety feature is found on all water heaters. It relieves the pressure that builds up in the tank as the temperature rises. The water heater is pressurized so that hot water flows through the pipe even when the temperature drops. 

The problem is that the temperature rises as the pressure rises. Excessive pressure can cause an explosion. To avoid these risks, a properly constructed water heater requires a temperature and pressure relief valve. 

2. CO Vent

Older water heaters that rely on gas-burning are at risk of causing carbon monoxide poisoning. This gas is odorless and invisible and can be fatal if a person inhales it in large quantities. 

A safe water heater installation must have a vent as a standard safety feature to reduce this risk. Water heaters need to be ventilated outdoors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning indoors. If you see the vent coming out of the water heater installation, you know it's a safe heater. 

 3. ECO Cutoff 

To install a safe water heater, you need a way to cut off the power to the heater. This safety feature automatically shuts off the water if there is a leak in the water heater. It's like a circuit breaker that protects you from an electric fire. This is usually found in instant water heaters, but it is also found in some models of traditional water heaters. 

4. Glass-lined Tank

The water heater tank must be made of glass-lined steel. The glass is corrosion resistant and can withstand high pressures without cracking or buckling. This is essential to ensure durability and prevent weakening from corrosion.

5 FVIR (Flammable Vapor Ignitability) 

This safety feature is found only in tank water heaters. It prevents flammable vapors from igniting in the tank and is ideal for homes with gas or kerosene heating. It reduces the risk of explosions and fires. 

Are you worried about the safety implications of having a water heater in your home? Talk to a plumber near you to learn more about safe water heater installation.