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How to remove water heater from attic

Low water pressure Shut off water
Shut-off valve located on cold water side.
Empty water heater weighs 75-200+ lbs
Turn off water heater Turn off water at city connection.
Meter box will be in yard.
Pull off cover to box, and dig down on house side of meter to find shut-off valve

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Turn off breaker to electric water heater
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NEVER ASSUME power is off
Use non contact voltage tester
Place tester near wires
Push button and if tester light blinks rapidly and tester buzzes, the electricity is present

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Turn off Gas to gas water heater

Rotate gas valve handle so it is perpendicular across gas line to turn off gas.

Turn gas OFF
Disconnect gas line
With power vent water heaters, unplug transformers and electric cords.
With power vented gas water heaters, avoid malfuctions and problems by installing dedicated outlet so only the water heater is connected to that breaker.
Remove pipe or flex connector connecting to gas control valve.
Remember to use yellow teflon tape when reconnecting gas line to new heater

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If water heater will not drain: turn household water ON, connect garden hose to water heater using washing machine hose, and turn on outdoor spigot for 15 seconds to flush open the tank.


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Change pipes on top of water heater so rope can be attached to pipes.

Wrap rope as shown in example
Rope will twist pipe
Illustration shows how rope will naturally tighten the pipes

Tie a better knot than shown.

Build wood frame
to slide water heater from attic
Measure diameter of water heater and make sure it will fit through attic opening.

Set 2x4's close enough to leave clearance so water heater does not catch on cross supports.

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Slide water heater down wood frame

Lay wood frame on stairway to attic.
Attach frame to stairway
Loop ropes around water heater pipes.
Wood frame controls direction of water heater.

Empty water heater weighs 75-220 lbs.

Drill hole in attic rafter. Put rope through hole to control the weight of water heater.
Friction of rope through hole will help hold weight

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Lift water heater into attic Step 1 How to lift heavy water heater into attic

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Steps below illuststrate maximum control over weight of water heater.

Measure attic opening and water heater before starting.
Double check that attic stairway is attached firmly.
Use braces under each stair rung since both people and water heater may be on stair at same time.
Note load rating for any ladder that is used.

Materials: several 2x4s, screws, nails, step ladder
Best with 3 people:, can be done with 2 people.

Water heater shown is Geo-spring hybrid made by Rheem for GE. Water heater weighs approx 200 lbs. Dimensions are about 60 x 24 x 21

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