Removing An Electric Water Heater

We’re taking out a water heater and installing the new one.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 Need to shut off the breaker box
01:20 Putting hoses on the water heater
02:36 Back inside removing the water heater. How to drain the heater
03:10 Disconnecting from everything
06:00 Always check the breaker, better than getting shocked
07:08 Will the new heater fit?
08:50 Be an American not an American’t

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So, let’s find the breaker. Get the voltage. Check your voltage on there. John. Start turning off 30. Double 30 should be two thirties next to each other. Clay, put the voltage on. Clay, put the voltage tester on. That turned the lights out do we have 240 still?


40 we have, no. Should be thirties, but it can be forties.

I don’t care. That’s not it, John. Now leave that one. How we doing, Clay?

“It’s off.”

So that’s it. So it’s a 25 amp. We need to drain the water. All right, we’re going to put some nice hoses on this water heater which is cheaper at Home Depot than Lowe’s by let’s see, 50 bucks cheaper for a 40 gallon than it was for a 30 gallon at Lowe’s. So you need to shop around. Although the wood is cheaper at Home Depot.


Lowe’s I’m sorry wood is cheaper at Lowe’s we didn’t put pipe dope on this because it has a rubber washer. And I’ll show you no need to put tape or pipe dope on it. You can put it on there. It won’t hurt. Alright, we’ll have more to hang on to get it in.

“Need to open that.”

Ya, we’ll open that up whet we get in there. So now we’re having to replace the water heater. We drained it. It has a screw and you have to loosen up that area there. Now, we’re closing it back up and we’re going to disconnect here. The water hose ran outside.

“You getting lose with your hand?”



OK, let’s take that water hose out, John. Now we’re going to take all this stuff off of this and we got disconnect the electricity. We going to disconnect both of these lines. We need another pair of channel locks. Two pair of channel locks. Disconnect that from that.

“We’ll need another pair of channel locks.”


“Another pair of channel locks.”

Somebody used a rubber hose for… And hose clamps.

“Well, I guess it works. Umm. just take them off that. Oh, I guess not, because.”

I don’t think you should be a rubber hose, but you can just.


“Other way on that. You got. Well, that didn’t need no.”

Not much huh. This is all rigged up. This is quest fittings, and this is an adaption to quest. And then that’s pecs. This is quest pipe. And then this is rubber.

See, that’s leaking it. So that adapter there.

Yeah, you got to tighten it up a little bit. Probably we need to disconnect the electric line.

“Turn the breaker off.”

Breaker is off I’m assuming.

“Oh yeah.”

“I don’t rember turning it back on. It’s still off.”

You should always check. Shock yourself otherwise someone decide I’ll turn it back on


Come on. Yeah.

“Can’t be easy Phil.”

No, nothing today.

“If it was easy everybody be doing it.”

Wal-Mart greeters.

“That’s Phil’s line.”

“Wait until you tell them you’re an American not an American’t.”

That’s right. We are. Can people not can’t. Wow that’s a pain.

“How does that work for Russia?”

The Russia can all right.

“I bet he puts that in together for he gets together this next one.”

This got a hose clamp on it. OK.

“Well, I don’t know because that one taller isn’t it?”

“Phil put it in. He’ll still put together. Well that might not even fit in there.

“Well to me yeah, you might have to tilt it.”

It’s going in if I have to take the wall out.

“We he’ll going put it in before he puts it in there.”


You want to measure it and see John?

“No no it’s it’ll be close.”

“What do you mean it will be close? We ain’t playing horseshoes and handgrenades.”

Either it is or it don’t.

“50 and a half.”

Either you’re pregnant or you’re not.

“Hey you got 2″ to spare First time he’s ever been told that.”

“Hey to the top of this though.”

“He’ll slide that end it first.”

Remenants of an

“You’ll need It down like this.”

An old fitting.

“This is one we cut all that stuff out of isn’t it?”

Yeah, one of them. We’ve done that several times. This really niche I don’t like the idea of somebody using garden hose.

“What’s it for?”

Water line? Supply line?

“Don’t fix what’s working.”

“Water hose for a supply line. That life expectancy can’t be long can it? They don’t have no mice. Either they ain’t got no mice under there, or they got plenty of water under there because if they didn’t they’d chem through that water hose to get water.”

“John knows from experience.”


“I said that John knows from experience.”

Well, you do learn things as you get older.

“Get out of the way John. I’m just going to squeeze it over here.”

Watch out.

“I’ll just squeeze in right here.”

Hey you need to move Clay.

“I don’t think there’s room for a big boy, a water heater and a little skinny rat.”

“I’m trying to tell you. I’m trying to get out.”

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