If your old water heater is on its last leg or if you’re simply upgrading to a newer and more efficient model, you’ll need to have it installed by a professional. Here’s what you can expect when your plumber comes to install your new water heater.
Step 1: Your Plumber Will Shut Off the Water Supply
Before any work can be done, your plumber will need to shut off the water supply to your home. This is usually done at the main water shut-off valve, which is typically located near the street or property line.
The reason for this step is simple: to prevent any accidental flooding while the water heater is being replaced. When a water heater is replaced, there’s always a risk of a water line being accidentally ruptured. By shutting off the water at the main valve, this risk is eliminated.
Step 2: Your Plumber Will Drain the Old Water Heater
Once the water supply is shut off, your plumber will need to drain the old water heater. This is done by attaching a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and running the hose outside.
By draining the old water heater, your plumber can ensure that no water is left behind that could potentially cause problems when the new water heater is installed.
If your old water heater is gas-powered, there’s one additional step that needs to be taken before it can be drained. The pilot light will need to be extinguished (if it’s not already) and the gas line shut off. This is done for safety reasons.
Step 3: Your Plumber Will Remove the Old Water Heater
With the water shut off and the old water heater drained, your plumber can now remove the old unit. This typically involves disconnecting the water lines, gas line (if applicable), and electrical connections.
Once all of these connections are disconnected, your plumber will be able to remove the old water heater from its location and get it ready for disposal. The disposal process will vary depending on your local regulations.
Step 4: Your Plumber Will Install the New Water Heater
After the old water heater is out of the way, your plumber can install the new one. The process for doing so is largely the reverse of what was done to remove the old unit.
First, the new water heater will be placed in its desired location. Then, the water lines, gas line (if applicable), and electrical connections will be reattached. Once everything is hooked up, your plumber will turn on the water and gas supply (if applicable) and test the new water heater to ensure that it’s working properly.
Step 5: Your Plumber Will Dispose of the Old Water Heater
As mentioned earlier, the disposal process for your old water heater will vary depending on your local regulations. In some cases, your plumber may be able to simply leave the old unit at the curb for trash pickup.
In other cases, you may need to contact a local hazardous waste disposal facility to have the unit disposed of properly. Your plumber should be able to advise you on the best course of action for disposing of your old water heater.
Enjoy Your New Water Heater
Once your new water heater is installed and working properly, all that’s left to do is enjoy it. You can now enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a new and efficient water heater that will provide your home with plenty of hot water for years to come.
How to Prepare for Your New Water Heater Installation
Now that you know what to expect when your plumber comes to install your new water heater, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the installation process.
For one, make sure you know where your water heater is located. This will make it easier for your plumber to find and assess the unit.
Also, if your water heater is located in a difficult-to-reach or hard-to-see spot, it’s a good idea to take some time to clear a path to the unit before your plumber arrives. This will help get the installation process done more quickly and safely.
And if you haven’t found a plumber yet, be sure to choose someone reliable and experienced. At Smedley Service, we have a team of qualified professionals who are ready and able to help you with all your water heater needs, from installation to repair and maintenance. With over 75 years of experience maintaining homes in Layton, Utah, we’re your go-to source for all things plumbing, heating, cooling, and beyond. Contact us today to schedule your service.