Water Heater DisposalNow, before you begin to rip out the old water heater, you’ll need a plan for that soon-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.comOf 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.
Yorba Linda DIY Water Heater RemovalOf 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:
- Turn off the power supply. Water heaters can be electric or gas-powered and you’ll need to shut off the circuit breaker or turn off the gas supply before you do anything else. It’s very important for your safety and for the safety of others because each presents a serious fire hazardous.
- Turn off the water supply line. 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 out remaining water heater tank. There’s a good chance not all the water will drain from the tank after turning on the faucets in the house. So, connect a garden hose to the drain line and open the valve. Let it drain completely before proceeding.
- Cut the hard-plumbed pipes from the unit. There will be hard-plumbed pipes going from the unit into the house. These will have to be cut with a saw, torch, or simply unscrewed. Be careful when doing this, because you’ll need to reuse the pipes going into the house.