If your water heater has finally provided its last drop of hot water, it's time to invest in a new one. If you've never had to replace a water heater before, you might not know what steps need to be taken. Here are three things you need to do when planning the installation of your new water heater.
Arrange for Installation
When it comes to replacing your old water heater, arranging for professional installation is the most important step you can take. A lot can go wrong when you attempt to install a water heater on your own. First, you could drop your new water heater. If that happens, the exterior components may break, which means you'll need to buy another water heater. Second, you could install the water lines wrong, which could lead to leaks. If that happens, you could end up with water damage. Finally, you could install the gas line wrong. If that happens, you could put yourself at risk for a gas explosion. The best way to avoid those risks is to hire a plumber for the installation of your new water heater.
Plan for Disposal of Old Unit
If you need to have a new water heater installed in your home, you'll want to plan for the disposal of the old unit. One way to do that is to ask your plumber if they'll dispose of the old water heater for you. They may include this service in the cost of the installation, or you can pay them to haul the old water heater away for you. Just make sure you arrange for the disposal before your plumber shows up for the water heater installation. That way, you're both on the same page.
Drain the Water From the Tank
If you've arranged to have a new water heater installed in your home, you'll need to get your old water heater ready for the switch. If your old water heater hasn't ruptured, the tank will still be filled with water. If that's the case, you should drain the tank before the plumber arrives to install your new water heater. Draining the old tank can take a bit of time. If you leave the water heater filled, your plumber will need to drain the tank before they can begin the installation. Unfortunately, the time spent draining the tank will add to the cost of the labor for the installation. Not only that, but you'll increase the amount of work that the plumber will need to do before they can install your new water heater. Reduce the cost of installation, and give your plumber a helping hand. Drain the tank before the plumber arrives to install your new water heater.