What To Expect During Water Heater Replacement

23 November 2022
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An aging water heater may provide inadequate hot water, rusty water, or leak. You know it is time to get a new water heater if your aging unit exhibits such symptoms. Below are some of the things to expect during the replacement.

Old Tank Removal

The contractor must remove the existing system before installing the new water heater. The contractor won't just yank out the old tank; the removal must be systematic. For example, the contractor has to disconnect the fuel and electrical supply for safety. The contractor also has to disconnect the water lines and drain the tank before they can unscrew it out of place.

Removing the old system is a relatively straightforward step in the replacement process. However, it can take time, depending on the complexity of your existing heater and its accessibility. For example, gas heaters have vents that the contractor has to disconnect, but some heaters don't have vents.

System Positioning and Connection

Once the installation area is clear, the next step is to position the new heater. The contractor and other workers must maneuver the tank into place and connect the accessories, lines, and pipes. Again, the work duration depends on the site, type of water heater, and similarity between the old and new systems.

A like-for-like replacement is straightforward and takes a short time. However, the installation and connection might take a long time if you switch to a different system. For example, the contractor may have to design and make new connections, such as air vents, which the old system lacked but the new one needed.

System Testing

Your contractor will test your new heating system once they conclude the installation. The contractor should only leave once the system is running as projected. They may make some adjustments and settings during the testing. Use the opportunity to learn more about your water heater, its adjustments, and DIY maintenance.

Site Cleanup

The last step is to clear the area installation area and leave you to enjoy your new water heater. The contractor will gather their tools, remaining materials, and debris the project might have generated. Don't forget to dispose of your old water heater appropriately.

Check if your garbage disposal company, junkyard, or recycling center can help with the disposal. Ask your plumbing contractor for advice on how to get rid of the old heater.

Water heaters come in various types with different capacities and efficiencies. Talk to your plumber for help choosing the best system for your house. For more information, contact a company like First Class Plumbing of Florida, Inc.