Water heater removal. Ugh. It’s one of the most tedious and difficult jobs because it involves a considerable amount of time and effort. You’ve also got to really be careful for the sake of safety and to instal a replacement unit. Otherwise, you’ll create even more work for yourself, not to mention drive up the cost of the replacement. Of course, it’s always best to leave this type of work to the pros, such as a junk hauling service.
Water Heater Disposal
Now, before you begin to rip out the old water heater, you’ll need a plan for that soo-to-be-gone unit. While it might be simple to roll it out to the curb, this won’t work. That’s because the local trash collection agency won’t touch it. (Since it contains hazardous materials and recyclable components.) That means, you’ll need a plan to deal with the old unit, such as having a junk hauler take it away.
The average lifespan of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years. When it comes time to replace yours, chances are, 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
Of course, you can always remove the unit yourself and then take it to the right drop off facility. But, that means knowing where to take it and what to expect. So, have a plan ready to go to eliminate or lessen the time it takes to deal with the old unit.
Hayward Water Heater Removal Guide
Before you start to take the old water heater out, be sure to look for signs it’s actually failing. These include age (the average lifespan is between 10 to 12 years), water leaks, producing no hot water, discolored water, and failure to run at all. Here’s a quick water heater removal guide you can follow:
- Turn off the power. Whether it’s powered by electricity or gas, you need to first shut off the power source before you go any further. Check to see that it’s off before you proceed to avoid injury.
- Disconnect the water supply. You’ll also need to disconnect the water supply, just like the power. Shut off the water supply to the unit, as well as the lines running from the unit into the house.
- Drain the tank dry. Next, you’ll need to drain the tank. Use a garden hose and attach it to the drain spigot. Open the spigot and let the water drain out of the tank. (This will likely take some time.)
- Carefully pull the water heater out. Once the tank is empty, then you can begin to uninstall it by disconnecting the lines and moving it out of place. Exercise caution as the unit, even when empty, will likely be heavy and awkward.
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