While a water heater is designed to provide hot water for a number years, it is just like any other appliance and will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Whether your water heater has failed completely or it's on its last legs, you will need to purchase a new water heater and hire a plumber to install it. While it is possible to install a water heater on your own, it is not recommended — you are much better off relying on a professional. After scheduling a date and time to have a plumber come to your home to install your new water heater, it is a good idea to get ready for the job. Use the following tips to prepare for having a new water heater installed:
Clear the Area
Water heaters can be located in several areas, such as the garage, the basement, or in a dedicated utility closet inside your home. No matter where your current water heater is located, it is important to take the time to clear the area so the plumber that you have hired will have easy access. If your water heater is in a closet, remove everything in the surrounding area so the doors to the closet can be opened all the way without any issue. When your water heater is located in the garage or basement, move boxes, tools, and any other items that are stored nearby so the plumber has plenty of room to work while removing your old water heater and installing the new one.
Know Where Your Utility Access Is Located
Water heaters can be powered by either electricity or gas. Whether you have purchased a gas or electric water heater, your plumber will need to be able to turn off the gas or electric in order to complete the installation safely. Thus, make sure that you know exactly where your gas line valve or electric breaker box is located so you can direct the plumber to the area. Likewise, you will also need to be able to show your plumber where the water main valve is at so the water can be turned off until after the new water heater is installed.
Make Plans for Your Old Water Heater
A water heater is quite large in size, so most people want to get rid of their old one as soon as possible so it's not taking up space. Find out if the plumber that you have hired offers a haul-away service. If he or she does not, make arrangements to have your old water heater picked up and taken away after the new water heater is installed.
To learn more about water heater installation, contact a plumber in your area.