Removal TipsWhen it is time for the water heater to go and to bring in a replacement, you want to make the transition quickly and with as little hassle as possible. But, if you plan to swap it out yourself, then you’ll need a plan to offload the old unit. Of course, you can’t put it out on the street or on the curb because the local trash collection agency won’t pick it up. And, it could get you hit with a code violation.
Hot water on tap is one of great conveniences of modern society. In the 1800’s if you wanted a hot bath you had to warm water on a wood burning stove or over a fireplace, make multiple trips to the tub and then hope it doesn’t cool too much before you jump in. Today we just turn on the faucet and enjoy. But if your water heater is failing that bath you planned may not go so well. —Home DepotThat risk, not to mention the fact that it’s at the very least a huge eyesore. After all, it’s not going to magically transform itself into a new appliance. So, you’ll need to deal with it in an effective and realistic manner.
Water Heater Disposal in OldsmarOf course, the removal isn’t really all that difficult. But water heater 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 take it out:
- 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.