6 Steps For Removing An Old Water Heater From Your Home

Posted on: 8 August 2018


If you have recently ordered a new water heater, on installation day, you are going to need to remove the old water heater from your home.

1. Turn off the Power Supply

The first thing that you need to do is turn off the power supply to your water heater. If your water heater is gas-powered, that means you need to use the cut-off valve to turn off the gas. If your gas is electric powered, you need to turn off the circuit breaker for where your unit is plugged in and then unplug the unit.

2. Turn off the Water Supply

Next, you need to turn off the water supply to your water heater. There should be two handles that you can turn to cut off the water supply to your water heater. You can always turn the water off at the master water control handle in your home as well.

3. Turn on the Hot Water Faucets

After that, you want to get rid of all the hot water that is in your tank and plumbing lines. To do that, turn on all the hot water faucets in your home and allow them to run until no more water is coming out. When water stops coming out of the faucets, turn them off.

4. Get Rid of the Rest of the Water

Now you need to get rid of the rest of the water in your water heater. To do that, you are going to want to set up a five-gallon bucket and a garden hose. Take the garden hose and attach it to the water release valve on the water heater. Open the release valve up, and the rest of the water in the water heater should drain into the bucket.

If the bucket is getting full, close the valve, dump the bucket, and set the valve up again.

5. Disconnect the Pipes

There are water supply pipes that run from your water heater to your water supply lines for your home. Hopefully, they are set-up so that you can just unscrew the connection. However, if they are hard-plumbed, you are going to need to cut the pipe in order to break the connection.

6. Get a Dolly

Once the water has been removed from the water heater and everything has been disconnected, it is time to move the water heater out of your home. Use a dolly and get at least one or two other people to help you roll the water heater onto the dolly and keep the water heater secure as you wheel it out of your house. You may want to use adjustable straps to keep the water heater secured to the dolly.

Finally, it is time to dispose of the water heater. If the water heater is still working, you can donate it to a charity that accepts housing appliances. You can let a scrap metal collector pick it up for the parts. You can drop it off at a recycling center or your local landfill, or see if your garbage collection service will pick it up for a little fee.

Contact your local heating contractors for more information and assistance.