Hot water replacement
Hot water heaters are the most used appliances in homes and when you least expect it, they can stop working and cause a lot of inconveniences to the entire household. Hot water heaters wear out with time and if they are not properly maintained, they will break down.
You can have your hot water replacement done by a professional plumber but if a plumber is too expensive you can do it yourself. Here is a guide on how to replace your water heater:
First you need to make sure that the dimensions of the new water heater and the old one are the same. After confirming that the measurements are the same, bring the new water heater to the location and get ready to get the job started. You can ask someone else to help you as it is quite heavy you definitely will not be able to carry it alone.
Turn off all the utilities to the water heater
Turn off the water supply to your home at the main shutoff valve.
If you are replacing an electric water heater, turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse to switch off the electricity to the water heater
If it is a gas water heater, turn off the supply of gas.
Open the hot water tap, attach a pipe to the drain valve, and place the other end of the pipe on the drain. Slowly open the drain to prevent the sediments from clogging the drain valve
Disconnect the utility lines
If you are using an electrical water heater, disconnect the electrical line to the water heater. For a gas water heater, ensure that the gas is off and disconnect all the gas lines to the water heater.
You will need gloves, tongue or slip joint pliers and a pipe wrench to remove the plumbing. Disconnect the cold water lines at the shut off valve to the water heater and once you finish removing the electric service, water lines and the flue, you can remove the old water heater.
Replace the water heater
After fully disconnecting the old water heater, clean the floor where it was and move the new one in position lining it up with the plumbing locations. Using a full level or a torpedo level. Level the water heater until it fits perfectly in position.
Install the new fittings
Install all the necessary fittings that come with the water heater.
Install the discharge drain pipe, the pressure and temperature relief valve.
Use the manufacturer guidelines to install all the fittings properly.
Once the water heater is properly installed, turn on the supply of water and electricity and test to see that it is working properly.