When you look at your old water heater, which has very recently become worn out and defunct, you may be thinking that you could do a new water heater installation yourself. If you have absolutely no experience in this department, that would be ill-advised. Water heater installation is actually more complicated than you think, especially if you are installing a gas water heater instead of an electric one. As the following will show, there are several difficulties that can arise, even when you attempt the perfect step-by-step procedure for installing your new water heater.
Step One: Disconnecting the Old Water Heater
Before you can even get the new water heater into position, you have to remove the old water heater. That means cutting the power or gas line, disconnecting these lines from the water heater, draining the water heater, and moving the water heater itself. If you did not disconnect the electrical lines and/or cut the gas lines, you could be electrocuted or set the stage to be suffocated by the gas leak you created. Also, if you did not drain the water heater, it will be next to impossible to move more than a millimeter because of the weight of the water in it.
Step Two: Moving the Old Water Heater Up and Out
After you have completed Step One above, you may find that the water heater is still exceptionally heavy. In fact, it will be nearly impossible to move. These appliances are constructed to be very dense and are made of steel. Additionally, most water heaters that have worn out their use are rusted out at the bottom, making it a nightmare to move the water heater without making quite the mess. At least two, if not three, people are needed to move a water heater. Even if there is an appliance dolly to which you can strap the water heater, you will still need a lot of help rolling it up any stairs and out of the nearest exit.
Step Three: Bringing in the New Water Heater
If the exertion of removing the old water heater was not enough, now you have to load the new water heater on the same dolly and roll that back into the house and into the proper position. Since the new water heater is probably boxed, you may have even more difficulties getting it into the house and into position. You could unbox it outside and then wheel just the appliance inside. However, you will once again need more help lifting and moving the new water heater because it will be no less heavy than the old one.
Step Four: Reconnecting Everything Without Killing Yourself
The final steps to water heater installation are every bit as dangerous as disconnecting the old one. There is also some welding involved to make sure the plumbing that delivers the water is perfectly sealed. Not making these connections properly can lead to leaks and other issues that could be deadly, so save your back, your life, and your new water heater by talking to a plumber like those at Quality Plumbing and getting assistance.Share
18 January 2017
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