Is it time to remove and replace your current hot water heater? Has it been sluggish in heating up your water? Is it just worn out? If so, taking your current one out and putting a new one in can be a strenuous process. In most cases, it is best to hire a water heater Carrollton professional to do the job for you. But if you want to try to do it yourself before calling the professionals, here are some tips that you can use.
Turn Off the Gas and Power
Before you start working on removing your hot water heater, you should determine if is a gas heater or an electric heater. Most hot water heaters use gas for heating the water. Either way, make sure you have the gas turned off and the power going to the tank turned off before you start moving it around.
Turn Off the Water
The water supply to the hot water heater should be turned off, too. There should be a knob on the pipe leading to your tank that shuts off the water. Also, once the water is shut off, turn the other faucets in your home on to the “hot” setting. This will help drain some of the water. You should also hook up a garden house to the spigot on the tank to drain some of the water, too.
Disconnect the Lines
In many cases, the plumbing lines leading to the hot water heater will be hard-plumbed. That means that you’ll have to cut the line in order to remove the tank. However, in other cases, the connection will be secured by a coupler which can simply be unscrewed.
Pull It Out
Once you have disconnected all the lines going to the tank, it’s time to pull it out. Make sure you have a couple people helping you because it’s heavy and dangerous if it’s dropped.
Installing the New Tank
When installing your new hot water heater, move it into the place where the old one just came from. Make sure it is sitting securely before you start connecting hoses. Next, add connector hoses if needed and open the hot water faucets throughout your home. This will help prevent air from getting trapped in the line after you hook up the new tank. Then simply reconnect any of the connections that are left – and that’s it. But of course, if you aren’t comfortable with doing this, you can always hire your water heater Carrollton professionals to do the job for you affordably and efficiently so there’s no doubt that it’s done right.
Whether you need a new hot water heater installed or a leak fixed in one of your pipes, the professionals at First Call Plumbing can do it for you. They give every job the respect it deserves regardless of how big or small. Visit Firstcallplumbingpros.com to find out how they can make your life easier.