Written by April Reinhardt (last updated December 30, 2015)
Since water heaters tend to last about ten years, chances are that you will need to replace your water heater at least a few times in your lifetime. While you could call a professional to install your water heater, you might be surprised to know how simple it is to do the job yourself. If you have telltale signs that your gas water heater needs to be replaced—such as no hot water in the tap and water leaking from the water heater—then follow these steps to replace your gas water heater:
Don't forget to turn off the hot water faucets that you turned on earlier. You might need to have Teflon pipe tape and pipe joint compound to help make solid fittings and prevent leaks, so make sure that you have those items and all of your tools on hand before you begin. It's also wise to cover the floor with a tarp since, when draining the old tank, you might get water all over the floor.
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