Water heater removal isn’t all that complex or difficult. But, it does require some small level of DIY skills to do it right. Water heater removal is actually a lot less cumbersome than water heater disposal. And, certainly less so than installing a new unit. Read on to learn more about water heater removal and disposal.
Water Heater Disposal
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.
The average lifespan of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years. When it comes time to replace yours, chances are good you’ll pick the same type of unit — either gas or electric. The key is picking the most efficient water heater large enough to handle your needs. An average family of four with two showers will use a 65 gallon unit, but the experts at your local home center can help you come up with the best size. —DIY Network.com
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.
Which means, you’ve got to get rid of the old unit. That’s no easy task considering the local trash collection agency won’t take it away. So, do yourself a favor and have a local junk hauling service come and pick it up. This way, it’s taken care of for you, with no problem at all.
Germantown Water Heater Removal
So, after you’ve checked the unit out for possible culprits, it’s become clear it’s time to remove it. Here’s how to remove a water heater and what to do with it once you have a replacement:
- 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.
- Turn off the water supply. Next, turn off the water supply line going into the water heater so no more water flows into the tank. Once the power is secured and the water supply shut off, go into the house and turn on all the hot water faucets. This will help drain out most of the hot water in the tank.
- Drain the tank. Drain the tank by hooking a garden hose to the drain spigot and then allow the water to run out. This might take some time, so be patient and wait until the tank is empty.
- 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.
For water heater removal, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away.