Draining And Replacing Your Failed Electric Water Heater

If your hot water heater is from another decade and needs to be replaced with a more energy efficient model, then you will be happy to know that you can complete this job yourself with just a few basic tools.   

Follow these steps to replace your old water heater like a professional plumber:

1. Disconnect the Electricity

Your water heater is hardwired directly into your home's power panel. To prevent electrocution, you must disconnect the power from the water heater before you work on it. This is accomplished by turning off the breaker that services the water heater. Once you have turned off the breaker, then you can remove the electrical connection from the top of the old water heater.

2. Turn Off the Water Inlet Valve

On the top of your water heater is a plumbing line that brings cold water into the water heater. There is a valve on the plumbing line that you need to turn to the left. Turning the valve will turn off the water to the water heater. Once the water has been turned off, then use a wrench and remove the plumbing line. 

3. Drain the Water Heater 

Connect your garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the water heater to drain out any water that is in the tank. Place the other end of your hose into your home's bathtub or out a window near a tree. Open a hot water tap in your bathroom and the water heater will drain itself using gravity. 

4. Remove the Old Water Heater

Once the old water heater is empty, it will be light enough that you can remove it. The water heater can be recycled wherever in your community you can take scrap metal. 

5. Install Your New Water Heater

Place your new water heater in the same place as the old. Before you install it, verify that there is no damage to the underlying flooring that you need to fix. As long as there is no floor damage, place the water heater into place and connect the water and electrical connections on the top that you previously removed from the old unit.

6. Fill Your New Water Heater

Open the water line inlet and allow the water heater to fill with cold water. It will take a little while to fill, depending upon the size of your new water heater. 

7. Turn On the New Water Heater

Finally, once the water heater is full of water, then you need to turn the power on at the electrical panel. Give the water heater an hour or two to heat the water and then your home will have hot water once again.

For further assistance, contact a local plumber, such as one from Chambliss Plumbing Company.