Replacing a water heater in your home may sound rather scary at first. You most likely assume that you have to not only pay for a new water heater, but also for someone to install it.
That could not be further from the truth. When your hot water heater sings its swan song, go ahead and buy a new one. Then, come home and install it yourself. It really is not that hard to do and plumbing experience is not required. Follow the steps below and you will feel a lot more confident about taking on this task by yourself.
Obviously, the first thing that has to be taken care of is the removal of your old hot water heater. This is simple. Just turn off the gas or electricity that is powering it. Make sure you drain all of the water out of it. Keep in mind that the water will be hot so take care to not get burned. When that is completed, remove it from the gas or electric as well as the water pipes. These pipes may still contain hot water, so handle them with care. Now, you simply set it aside.
Put your new hot water heater in place. Do not handle it roughly as it has parts within it that can easily break if you do. Get it close to the pipes so you can hook it to them, and connect it. There will be an owner’s manual you can check if the water heater is hooked up differently from your old one. Recognizing an incorrect hook up is simple as the hot water will run cold and the cold water will run hot.
The last thing you will do is connect the gas or electricity. When it has been connected, turn your power back on. This is another area that may send you looking at the owner’s manual to make sure it is done correctly.
Do you see how simple it is? You are basically just reversing the steps you performed when you unhooked your broken water heater. Of course, if you run into any problems, the owner’s manual will have the solutions. This should be a task that you can complete in only a few minutes.
There is no need for any odd tools, although you will need a dolly in order to haul away the old water heater and bring in the new one. Finally, you will need to check with your local authorities to find out how the correct method of disposing of the old water heater.