How To Replace a Water Heater

One of the most common household plumbing projects is replacing a water heater. Normaly, the first sign of a heater problem is water dripping from the bottom of the jacket. This indicates that the tank has corroded through. the cure is installation of a new heater. This article covers replacing of natural gas, LP-gas, and electric water heaters, the most common kinds.


Don't forget, you will need ...
  • Hacksaw or pipe cutter
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable open-end wrench
  • Drill and 1/8 inch bit
  • soldering torch
  • appliance cart, dolly, or hand truck
  • Water heater
  • T&P relief valve
  • Vent pipe fittings
  • Gate valve
  • Flex-connectors--water, gas
  • 1/2 inch flare adaptor
  • Teflon plumber's tape
  • Stick pipe dope
  • Garden hose
  • Sweat soldering supplies
  • 240-volt neon test light
  • Hand cleaner

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