If you’ve wondered how to replace a direct contact water heater, you should keep reading. The Youtube video “How to Replace a Direct-Vent Water Heater – This Old House” shows the perfect way to do it safely and why should you consider a new type of water heater. Let’s find out more!
Firstly, you need to shut off the gas supply and the electricity to the water heater. You also must get water out of the tank, so you’ll need to shut that main water feed.
Normally, you can do that easily with the valve at the top. You’ll have to use a pump next to remove the water inside the heater, which you can easily do by opening the drain valve. You should also open all the hot water pipes at home to break the vacuum and let it run.
Once you’ve removed the water, you need to cut the hot water pipe but make sure to do it in a high spot. You can use a self-tightening tubing cutter. You should also cut the coals. The gas is connected through a union, which should break quickly using a wrench. Afterward, you can remove the direct contact water heater and wheel it away.
Replacing a direct contact water heater is easy with the right tools and skills. You can watch the rest of the video for more details about replacing water heaters.