Disconnect Utility Lines
Disconnect the hot water, cold water, and depending on the type of water heater, the gas line or electrical service to the water heater.
- If you have a gas heater, making sure the gas is off disconnect the gas line to the water heater.
- If you have an electric heater, disconnect the electrical service to the water heater.
- To remove the plumbing you may need a pipe wrench, slip joint pliers, or tongue and groove pliers.
- Disconnect the cold water line by disconnecting it at the shut off valve to the heater.
- Disconnect the hot water discharge line by disconnecting the hot water line at the union to the heater.
- Disconnect the flue from the heater.
- Once the flue, water lines and gas or electric service have been disconnected you are ready to remove the old heater.