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How to Safely Remove an Old Water Heater: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jan 29, 2024

Removing an old water heater might seem daunting, but with the right approach, it can be done safely and efficiently. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step, as explained by Steve from Fast Water Heater Company.

Step 1: Drain the Water Heater

Before you start, it’s essential to drain the remaining water from the heater. This step is crucial as it significantly reduces the weight of the unit. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and run the other end outside your home. Open the drain valve to let the water flow out. Once the water stops draining, you can be sure the tank is empty.

Step 2: Disconnect the Water Heater

Ensure the water heater is completely disconnected from all sources. This includes detaching any flexible pipes connected to your house plumbing and, depending on your water heater type, disconnecting gas lines or electrical connections.

Step 3: Safely Remove

When removing the water heater, remember to never lift with your back. Instead, use gravity to your advantage. Grasp the water connections at the top of the heater, gently tilt it towards you, and step backward slowly. This method allows the heater to slide off its stand and onto the ground safely, preventing back injuries.

Step 4: Transport

Once the water heater is on the ground, use a handcart or dolly to move it. This step is crucial for avoiding strain or injury.

Step 5: Proper Disposal and Recycling

After safely removing the water heater, ensure you dispose of it responsibly. Many components of a water heater can be recycled, so consider taking it to a recycling facility.

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Removing an old water heater doesn’t have to be a back-breaking task. By following these steps, you can ensure a safe and efficient removal process. Remember, if you’re unsure about any part of the process, it’s always best to consult with a professional.

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