Tips on safe geyser installation
As we are 24 hour plumbers, we install a lot of geysers. Sometimes we do come across geysers previously installed incorrectly and therefore, we decided to give you some tips to look out for when a geyser is being installed, to ensure it is safe and working 100% effectively.
Horizontal mounted (150 & 200 Liter) units are the most popular geysers used in households in South Africa. These tips below apply to these units. Take note that the lesser used old low pressure systems parts are not interchangeable between these systems (low pressure & high pressure).
- Every geyser should have what is called a drip tray. This geyser tray is usually made from plastic or a tin plate. Connected to this drip tray, should be a drain pipe. If there is water lying in the drip tray, you have a problem and its best to call a qualified plumber.
- The safety valve, also known as the Temperature & Pressure Valve is located on the geyser, usually on the opposite side of the drain cock. It is made from copper or steel and the pressure rating must match the geyser rating.
- On the cold water side of the geyser, there should be a shut off tap. Next to the tap, should be the Pressure Control Valve. An overflow pipe should be connected to this valve, as it leads to the outside of the building.
- All new geysers should have vacuum breakers.
- The geyser should be properly supported on the roof trusses.
- The thermostat and element should have a cover over it.
- All geysers have to be earthed and therefore needs an electrical isolator switch, located within a meter of the geyser.