Asked by: Fausto Sienra
asked in category: General Last Updated: 8th May, 2020

Where does an expansion tank go on a water heater?

Your expansion tank can be anywhere on your plumbing system and does not need to be installed in close proximity to the water heater. It is most commonly installed using a “T” at the cold inlet to the water heater. But, functionally, it can be installed anywhere on the cold inlet line.

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Beside this, do I need an expansion tank on my water heater?

An expansion tank is always highly recommended if you have a 'closed-loop system' caused by any kind of check valve or pressure regulating valve installed on your house's water supply line. A common analogy compares having high water pressure in your home to having high blood pressure.

Likewise, how do you check a water heater expansion tank? How to Tell If an Expansion Tank is Working

  1. Tap on the tank. It should be hollow about half way up.
  2. Check the temperature by feeling the top and bottom of the tank. The tank should be warm on the bottom and cool on the top if it is working properly.
  3. Use an air gauge to check the pressure inside the tank.
  4. Check to see if your release valve is spurting water.

Accordingly, how far can an expansion tank be from the water heater?

The tank can be installed anywhere in the cold-water line between the house's main valve and water heater, or on the hot-water line within 3 ft. to 5 ft. of the water heater. An expansion tank should be installed in conjunction with a pressure-reducing valve in high-pressure situations.

How much does it cost to add an expansion tank to a water heater?

Water heater expansion tank prices start at around $40 and range up to nearly $200; pricing is largely dependent on the size of the tank. For most residential installations with 40- or 50-gallon water heaters, a simple 2-gallon tank is fine.

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