Water heater removal — is there anything else that’s more frustrating? You might well be caught totally by surprise. Stepping into the shower only to learn there’s no hot water. Or, it could come slowly over time. Where intermittent signs bode badly for the future. Whatever the case, if you’re faced with water heater removal that means you have two big challenges on your hands. First, is finding a replacement without spending a fortune. Second, is what to do with the old unit.
Failing Water Heater Signs
If you’re unsure whether or not your water heater is failing it helps to look for a few telltale signs. Of course, the most obvious is that it runs (you can hear it cycle on and off) but it doesn’t actually heat the water in the tank. That could point to failing or bad heating elements. Another sign a water heater is dying is that it leaks (duh). The tank’s integrity might be compromised.
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
If you hear strange noises — which are caused by hardening sediment — that too is a bad sign. Or, if water does heat but no longer to the desired temperature, that also means trouble. Now, if you spot any of these problems, it’s time for a replacement.
Bethesda Water Heater Removal Steps
Of course, water heater removal isn’t really all that difficult. But disposal is a whole other matter. That’s where you’ll face the biggest challenge because it’s not acceptable for the local trash collection. So, you’ll have to call a junk hauling service to take it away. Before you do that, here’s how to do water heater removal in a nutshell:
- Disconnect the power. Turn off the breaker supplying power to the unit or turn off the gas supply. If it’s electric, you’ll then need to disconnect the power lines. But,
if it’s gas, you should wait a little while and then disconnect the lines. Then shut off the water at the main shut off valve and disconnect the water supply lines.
- Drain the tank. Next, you need to drain the tank. Hook a garden hose to the drain spigot and allow the water to run out. This might take some time, so be patient and wait until the tank is empty.
- Remove the entire unit. Now, with the tank empty, you can take the unit out of its place. You’ll need at least one person to help you fanagile it out so you can fit the replacement in the same space.
If you need water heater removal, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away.