How to Remove a Water Heater

how to remove a water heater
Your trusty water heater has served your household well. When you first discovered there was no hot water in the house, you immediately thought the dish washer or washing machine used all the hot water. But, when you checked and neither was the case. Then, you checked out your water heater and thought it just had to be the heating element that’s the culprit. Turns out, that’s just not the case and now you need to know how to remove a water heater and what to do with it once you have a replacement.

How to Remove a Water Heater

So, your water heater element seemingly went bad and you contorted yourself trying to read the model number (like you did when you had to remove the hot tub that stopped working and became an eyesore). It took many frustrating minutes to read that tiny print but you finally got it. Immediately, you rush over to the nearest home improvement store and bought the right replacement heating element. Once you returned home, you quickly turned off the power or gas, shut off the water supply, then hooked a garden hose to the drain line.

Hot water tanks are anchored by straps or strips of perforated metal called plumber’s tape. These anchors, usually secured to wall studs behind the water tank, keep the tank secure in case of an earthquake. The straps must be disengaged and the gas line and water line shut off before the tank can be removed. The job is fairly simple and is easily accomplished with the proper tools. —San Francisco Gate

Next, you drained the water heater and removed the access panel, then, unfastened the old heating element. You put in the replacement coil, replaced the access panel, unhooked the garden hose, and turned the power or gas back on. After a few hours, you turned on the kitchen faucet only to be disappointed — no hot water. You have to face the sad fact the water heater just doesn’t work any longer. Now, you’ve got to junk the water heater and install a replacement. Here’s how to remove a water heater:

  • Disconnect the power. Go to the main electrical panel and shut off the breaker to the water heater, if it’s electric. Then, you can disconnect the electrical wiring. If it’s gas, shut off the supply valve and give it several minutes before you disconnect the gas line. In addition, shut off the water supply and delivery lines.
  • Drain the reservoir tank . Though you’ve done this before just a few hours ago, you’ll have to do it all over again. Hook a garden hose to the drain valve and allow the water tank to drain completely so you can move it.
  • Disconnect the water lines. Once the water heater is drained, you’ll be able to disconnect the water lines by either unscrewing them or severing them. Be careful with severing the water lines because you’ll need to reuse these or you’ll have to patch or replace them.
  • Carefully remove the water heater. You can now carefully remove the water heater. Have a friend or family member help you out, because the appliance will be heavy and awkward to move out-of-place.

Once you have the water heater disconnect and removed from the space, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We’ll save you the time, effort, and frustration of disposing the water heater so you can get right to replacing it to get hot water back in your home. Like water damaged furniture, it won’t be easy to rid yourself of, so we’ll do it for you.

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