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Water Heater Disposal Guide

water heater disposalWater heater disposal. It’s a big job. One that will take some time and effort. This, plus having to replace the unit. All of this adds up to a lot of work. (In fact, it’s why people turn to local junk hauling companies.) But, you can get rid of the appliance on your own. That is if you follow a few simple steps. So, read on to learn more about water heater disposal and what you need to know.

Water Heater Disposal

If you’re unsure whether or not your water heater is failing it helps to look for a few telltale signs. Of course, the most obvious is that it runs (you can hear it cycle on and off) but it doesn’t actually heat the water in the tank. That could point to failing or bad heating elements. Another sign a water heater is dying is that it leaks (duh). The tank’s integrity might be compromised.

The average lifespan of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years. When it comes time to replace yours, chances are good you’ll pick the same type of unit — either gas or electric. The key is picking the most efficient water heater large enough to handle your needs. An average family of four with two showers will use a 65-gallon unit, but the experts at your local home center can help you come up with the best size. --DIY

Strange noises — which are caused by hardening sediment — that too is a bad sign. Or, if water does heat but no longer to the desired temperature, that also means trouble. Now, if you spot any of these problems, it’s time for a replacement. This means you’ve got to get rid of the old unit. That’s no easy task considering the local trash collection agency won’t take it away. So, do yourself a favor and have a local junk hauling service come and pick it up. This way, it’s taken care of for you, with no problem at all.

Water Heater Removal Guide

You might well be caught totally by surprise. Stepping into the shower only to learn there’s no hot water. Or, it could come slowly over time. Where intermittent signs bode badly for the future. In this case, you’ll need to take it out, and here’s a simple guide to follow to do so:

  • Turn off and disconnect the power. Turn off the breaker supplying power to the unit or turn off the gas supply. If it’s electric, you’ll then need to disconnect the power lines. But, if it’s gas, you should wait a little while and then disconnect the lines. Then shut off the water at the main shut-off valve and disconnect the water supply lines.
  • Hook up a hose to drain out the tank. You can actually use a regular garden hose to drain the tank. Just hook it to the drain valve and open the spigot.
  • Take the unit off its base and install a replacement. Now, with the tank empty, you can take the unit out of its place. You’ll need at least one person to help you finagle it out so you can fit the replacement in the same space.

If you need water heater removal, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit AAA Rousse Services.

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