Tips For Replacing Your Electric Water Heater’s Elements Like A Professional Plumber

If your home's water heater isn't producing hot water, then you likely need to replace its internal heating elements. Water heater heating element replacement is a straightforward project that should only take you an hour or two and can be completed by anyone with some basic home repair skills.

Follow these tips to replace your water heater's elements today and become the hero who restores the hot water flow in your family's home:

Always Turn Off the Power and Water

To stay safe and avoid making a mess when you replace your water heater's elements, you need to turn off both the power and the water supply leading into the water heater before you attempt to work on it. 

Completely Drain the Water from the Water Heater

While you may have read elsewhere that you can replace your water heater's elements without draining the hot water tank, this is not advised. While the pressure may hold the water inside of the tank long enough for you to swap out the elements, often the water doesn't stay where it should and you will find yourself in the middle of a flooding crisis. It is always easier to just drain the water heater using a garden hose and then work with the empty tank.

To drain the water heater, connect a standard garden hose to the spigot at the bottom of the tank and open the water valve. To recycle the water, you can run it into your garden to water a tree.

Use an Automotive Socket to Remove the Failed Elements

Finally, when you buy the replacement heating elements for your water heater, do yourself a favor and stop by your local auto parts store and purchase a large socket that will fit over the head of the water heater elements. Using a socket to remove the old corroded elements will make this project a lot easier than trying to use the inexpensive tool sold at your hardware store that is supposed to be designed to do the job. The inexpensive tool is hard to use and will lead to a lot of unnecessary frustration. Using a socket allows you to connect it to a long ratchet that will give you enough torque to loosen even the most corroded heating elements. Using the tool sold for the project only allows you to use a thin metal bar for torque and most of the time it just won't do the job.

For more information, contact a company like StateWide Mechanical II Inc.